A new blog item I wrote today for the home page…
If Robert Redford wins Best Actor, he will be the first person to ever win Oscars for acting and directing. Only 14 men have been nominated in both categories.
I think the nature of the performance — no costars, no dialogue, overall pretty low-simmering by Oscar standards — makes his chances a long shot. But I would consider him very deserving. I recently saw this and it has haunted me ever since. I was not a fan of “Margin Call” but think this may be the best film I’ve seen so far this year.
I just saw All Is Lost (my review: http://graemeoneil.com/2013/11/12/review-all-is-lost/), and I can’t see him winning for this. I really didn’t think anything he did was anything special. He pales in comparison to Hanks, McConaughey, Ejiofor, Jackman and Whitaker.
The lack of past Oscar winners for both acting & directing does count against Redford IMO. However, it’s been over 30 years since he won Director, and he’s only directed himself in three films; that may help offset any negatives from outside the Actors Branch.
Also, if the Best Actor race is seen as between Redford and Ejiofor, Oscar voters who don’t want to jump on the 12 Years bandwagon may favor him. And let’s not forget Ejiofor could become the first non-American of African descent to win an Oscar (same for Steve McQueen & Lupita Nyong’o); it’s hard to say if that will be a plus or a minus for him. (And no, I didn’t skip Sidney Poitier; born in the U.S. to Bahamian parents, he has actively maintained dual citizenship so I consider him an American.)
Strange that Ejiofer has lost support since his film opened. I would have thought since the film winning was ‘inevitable’ that the lead would go along with it. I guess backing Redford is an alright alternative though till someone else bigger and better shows up though. It’s not as if Redford is actually going to win.
no, he already stole his director oscar from people like polanski, lynch and scorsese. and now he wants to steal it again from more deserving actors?