Tom O’Neil wonders if Angelina Jolie will finally make the Oscar cut after having been snubbed last year for A Mighty Heart, which many felt was a shoo-in. At the NY Film Fest, however, Jolie’s performance was met with cheers:
Audience response: huzzahs galore. Clint has not only crafted another fine film that’s going to garner widespread attention and admiration, but it’s not an ensemble film like his last best-picture nominee, “Letters From Iwo Jima,” or, to a lesser extent, his last best-pic winner, “Million Dollar Baby.” It’s all Angelina all the screen time.
You only care about this movie because you buy her performance as a heroic, real-life woman, circa 1930, who battled L.A. police when they locked her up in an insane asylum when she refused to accept a mysterious boy as her missing son. Four of the last five best-actress winners ‚Äî and seven of the last 10 ‚Äî portrayed real women. And it’s a big, showy role at that, full of big crying scenes, booming declarations and righteous strutting. Oscar voters love all that.