“I’ve been voting for 30 years,” says Frank Langella, himself a possible candidate for his first Oscar thanks to “Frost/Nixon.” “I work very hard at it when I am a voter, I see every nominated film, and I see every performance. And I put an X next to the person who’s moved me most deeply. That’s my criteria.
“Did that actor give as honest, as deep, as strong, as open a performance? Was I emotionally moved by it, and what does it take to create that? Since I’m in the profession, I look at the actor’s task, and I vote for that performance. I don’t let myself be influenced by anything else but that.”