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Ann Dowd is early Oscars front-runner for ‘Mass’: Will she finally get her due a decade after financing her own campaign?

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    Ann Dowd leads our Oscar odds for her powerhouse performance in “Mass” as the mother of a school shooter. Bleecker Street releases this intense drama on October 8. The Emmy winner (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) is the early favorite to win Best Supporting Actress, according to the combined predictions of thousands of Gold Derby readers. If she does win, it would be a fitting end to a story almost 10 years in the making. Back in 2012 she had to finance her own Best Supporting Actress campaign for her role in the indie film “Compliance.” Better late than never.

    “Compliance” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2012, which was followed by a release to general audiences that August. The film starred Dreama Walker as a fast-food employee and Dowd as her manager, who is tricked by a prankster over the phone into cruelly tormenting the employee. Dowd’s performance was acclaimed, but its distributor, Magnolia Pictures, didn’t have the budget for an Oscar campaign, so Dowd footed the bill herself to send screeners to the academy.

    Dowd didn’t end up with an Oscar nomination for “Compliance,” but she did win Best Supporting Actress from the National Board of Review and received nominations from the Critics Choice Awards, Independent Spirit Awards, and various other regional critics groups. But even without Oscar, I’d argue that she won in the long run. The following years were the decade of Dowd with major roles on TV in “Olive Kitteridge,” “Masters of Sex,” “The Leftovers,” and “The Handmaid’s Tale” (for which she won an Emmy) and on the big screen in “Captain Fantastic,” “Hereditary,” and now “Mass,” which follows two couples coping with a tragedy that links them.

    Seven of the Expert journalists we’ve surveyed are currently betting on Dowd to prevail: Thelma Adams (Gold Derby), Joyce Eng (Gold Derby), Tim Gray (Variety), Perri Nemiroff (Collider), Christopher Rosen (Gold Derby), Sasha Stone (Awards Daily), and Susan Wloszczyna (Gold Derby). So while the Oscars didn’t get onboard for “Compliance,” Dowd’s gutsy investment in her own career has been paying off more and more.

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    Dowd is a great actress and truly superb in Compliance and her TV work, but no, she’s not a front-runner here, and it makes little sense on paper to call her that. No disrespect to Daniel, but the article should have mentioned how hard it is to earn nominations, let alone wins as the sole representative of your picture. Even if she will be the critics push over Plimpton, that is yet to be decided, she needs to maintain enormous buzz for months in a crowded field full of similarly raved women in stronger films.

    FYC 2022 Emmys:

    Best Actress in a Drama Series: Sandra Oh in "Killing Eve"

    Best Actress in a Comedy Series: Sandra Oh in "The Chair"

    Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Kim Joo-ryoung in "Squid Game"

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    Dowd is a great actress and truly superb in Compliance and her TV work, but no, she’s not a front-runner here, and it makes little sense on paper to call her that. No disrespect to Daniel, but the article should have mentioned how hard it is to earn nominations, let alone wins as the sole representative of your picture. Even if she will be the critics push over Plimpton, that is yet to be decided, she needs to maintain enormous buzz for months in a crowded field full of similarly raved women in stronger films.

    I wouldn’t be so sure Dowd will be a lone nominee. Mass could get in multiple actors, screenplay and even picture (less likely, I know).

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    Periodt to this article. Let’s go, Ann!

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    I wouldn’t be so sure Dowd will be a lone nominee. Mass could get in multiple actors, screenplay and even picture (less likely, I know).

    Nah,  why would someone vote for this indie meme trash?

    THe Oscars need to get Venom: Let THere Be Carnage into the Best Picture convo. I thought the Oscars were meant to be inclusive!

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    This would need a serious FYC campaign and push to happen. Mass is a very small film that most voters will not even want to watch based on its subject matter and limited 4-character play-like format. I imagine this film scores some critics awards and Spirit noms, but that’s it.

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    I wouldn’t be so sure Dowd will be a lone nominee. Mass could get in multiple actors, screenplay and even picture (less likely, I know).

    Lol it’s not going to happen.

    FYC 2022 Emmys:

    Best Actress in a Drama Series: Sandra Oh in "Killing Eve"

    Best Actress in a Comedy Series: Sandra Oh in "The Chair"

    Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Kim Joo-ryoung in "Squid Game"

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    She definitely deserved a nomination for Compliance, certainly over Weaver in SLP. Currently I have her in because the warmth towards her and narrative are appealing, but the size of the film is a challenge, as will co-star competition from Plimpton. It’s not like it’s a weak field in this category, especially if rumors of some contenders presumed for lead play out like McDormand or Comer.

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    Either Dowd becomes the lone acting nominee of the film or Mass becomes the typical lone screenplay nominee. Highly doubt Mass gets in screenplay and acting with Bleecker Street.

    Michelle (Yeoh, Williams) Oscar campaign manager.

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    I sincerely hope Mass and Bleecker Street prove all the doubters wrong. They must know what they have with this movie. Also, it’s still September, so let’s see. If they mess up this campaign, I am going to be really disappointed.

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    I’m in Dowd’s corner completely but they’re already messing up the campaign with this awful poster.

    FYC:

    Best Picture: C'mon C'mon
    Director: Jane Campion
    Actor: Joaquin Phoenix (C'mon C'mon), Andrew Garfield (Tick, Tick... Boom!)
    Supporting Actress: Gaby Hoffman (C'mon C'mon), Ann Dowd (Mass), Ruth Negga (Passing)
    Supporting Actor: Jason Isaacs (Mass), Robin de Jesús (Tick, Tick... Boom!)

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    I’m all for Ann Dowd supremacy

    Twitter: @TheCineMike

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    <p style=”text-align: left;”>I sincerely hope Mass and Bleecker Street prove all the doubters wrong. They must know what they have with this movie. Also, it’s still September, so let’s see. If they mess up this campaign, I am going to be really disappointed.

    They are currently messing not sending this film to Toronto, Telluride or any kind of fall festival to regain buzz. I don’t know what Bleecker Street is thinking not doing that

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