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Oscars: It would be a “Shame” to keep Carey Mulligan out of the race – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell Two films hanging around the fringe of the ongoing Oscar race are “Shame” an “Drive.” They’re not shoo-ins, like “The Artist” or “The Descendants.” But both could get into the annual race in significant writing, acting and (possibly) directing categories.

What do they have in common? Carey Mulligan.

You could argue she plays an unconventional love interest in both films. But there’s no arguing how fantastic the talented Oscar nominee is in both features. And it’s possible Mulligan plays herself into a Best Supporting Actress conversation if the Academy is as impressed by Carey as we were in “Drive” and “Shame.” She didn’t quite have Jessica Chastain’s year, but to have those pictures on your resume means you have had a very, very good year.

And it was during that year – in October – when we recognized Mulligan with our Hollywood Supporting Actress Awards for her part in Steve McQueen’s probing drama.

Mulligan’s star continues to rise. She’s currently shooting “The Great Gatsby” with Leonardo Di Caprio, Tobey Maguire and director Baz Luhrmann. But you can bet she’ll be at the Kodak Theatre should she hear her name in the Best Supporting Actress category when the Oscars reveal their nominations on Tuesday, Jan. 24.

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Gary Oldman and Colin Firth for “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”
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Steve McQueen for “Shame.”
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Seth Rogen and Will Reiser for “50/50.”

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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One Comment

  • January 9, 2012 | Permalink |

    She was “fantastic” in Drive? C’mon, any other actress plays it as subtle and basically “sweet” you would not be singing her praises like this. She did nothing special in that film besides smile at Gosling.

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