Oscar Nominations Open Thread
I’m not normally interested in the Oscar nominations but because this is the first time since Return of the King that I have actually seen one of the leading nominees, this year is marginally different.
With that in mind, a quick bleg: how does the Academy distinguish between a lead role and a supporting role? I ask because I notice that Jeff Bridges is up for Best Actor for his role in True Grit while Hailee Steinfeld, who played the girl through whose eyes True Grit was entirely told, is only in the Best Supporting Actress category. While Bridges’ character is the title role, the movie more about Steinfeld’s character than Bridges’ character, and because she is in every scene, I’m quite certain she had more lines as well. Or is this just the Academy’s way of making sure that the likes of established stars like Natalie Portman, Annette Bening, and Nicole Kidman don’t have to compete head-to-head with a child for a headlining award?