Forget conflict. The most essential component for Best Picture is a relationship we care about — the dynamic interplay between two mesmerizing actors. (Anyway, put a pair of intriguing personalities together, combine two kinds of charisma, and there’s your instant conflict.) Nobody wins an Oscar going solo. Show me the most electrifying movie duos of the year, and I’ll show you the partnership that delivers Best Picture.
Last year we had these 10 twosomes to choose from: Juno & Paulie, Daniel & Paul, Moss & Chigurh, Robert & Jesse, Richie & Frank, Cecilia & Robbie, Karen & Michael, Edith & Marcel, Fiona & Grant, Lars & Bianca.
This year it’s April & Frank, Dan & Harvey, The Joker and Batman, Kym & Rachel, Latika & Jamal, Frost & Nixon, Hanna & Michael, Cassidy & Randy, EVE & WALL¬∑E… can any of these relationships beat the romance of Daisy & Benjamin? (above) Those are my Top 10 movie couples of 2008. Is there another match made in Hollywood you like better?