Analyzing Oscar’s Potential Leading and Supporting Ladies

Trying to sand down the rough slate that is the Actress categories is an intimidating task.  The past few years, the category has produced the likes of Natalie Portman in her career-topping performance in Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan” and Marion Cotillard’s transformation like no other in the Foreign Language film, La Vie en Rose.

It’s August.  Summer’s coming to an end.  Eight months have passed and we have one, count, one, Best Actress contender on the chart.  Quvenzhané Wallis is more and more looking like the little engine that could for her heartbreaking turn in Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild.  While many are shouting from the rooftops that she could be the one to hold the Oscar, barely reaching the microphone, and being a Cinderella story for the millennium, there’s no one to challenge her as of now.

In the past week, Carey Mulligan has dropped off due to the “sudden” push of The Great Gatsby to summer 2013.  Was that telling of something?  We’ll discuss on this week’s episode of Power Hour if it was.  With Mulligan out, we are struggling to find spots filled from performances coming down the pike.

Helen Hunt and Marion Cotillard look as good as any for nominations for their works in The Sessions and Rust & Bone.  Hunt has already been declared by many pundits a full-blown contender after reviews came out of the festivals earlier in the year.  Same goes for Cotillard, who had a larger reception and critical uproar in early 2012.  Unless something extravagant is coming, those two are good for spots (in August at least).

Let’s attempt to analyze this mess.

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