It would’ve been a blatant category fraud. She was 100% leading in In the Bedroom. The movie centered both her and Tom Wilkinson.
One of the biggest complaints about her role was that she was not in the last third of the movie.
Well, that sure would’ve sucked for Tomei, who probably would’ve been the one knocked from the category. I suspect, given the Academy’s adoration for A Beautiful Mind, Connelly still prevails.
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