Over two weeks ago, we declared the Oscar race over, as did most of the other credible entertainment reporters in the known universe. It's pretty much consensus at this point that the big winners on Oscar night will be Colin Firth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo and "The King's Speech".
.But not so fast. Now, less than a week after the race was signed, sealed and almost delivered, some reporters are beginning to have second thoughts. Almost every theory short of "Magic Bullet 2" has been floated to suggest that Annette Bening, Hailee Steinfeld and Geoffrey Rush could still win. Maybe, but we doubt it.
Melissa Leo, in particular, has earned a lot of raised eyebrows because of the trade ads she bought which show her in glamorous attire, asking for consideration for votes. Some industry insiders think that for a nominated actor to run such ads smells of desperation and might turn off some voters. To which we say, "Bitch, please!". If an Oscar voter would let a trade ad make his/her decision as to whether an actor's performance is Oscar-worthy, then that Oscar voter should probably have his/her voting rights removed. Remember, Academy members, you're supposed to be voting on "quality of performance", not for junior high prom queen. Get it together, or else you might as well be The People's Choice Awards.