GoldDerby.com is reporting that Meryl Streep will be eligible for Best Supporting Actress for AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY. That would put Streep in direct competition with Oprah Winfrey, who could get a Best Supporting Actress nom for LEE DANIELS, THE BUTLER. Streeps role in OSAGE COUNTY is a leading role, but that would put her in competition with Julia Roberts, who they are also pushing for a lead actress nomination. It is unlikely that both Steep and Roberts would get nominated for the same category. Splitting them gives each one a better chance. Both movies are from the Weinstein Company and they know how to win Oscars.
This is done all of the time. Last year Philip Seymour Hoffman was changed to Best Supporting Actor for THE MASTER. Even though him and Joaquin Phoenix were the leads. Both of them received nominations. Phoenix for Best Actor, Hoffman for Best Supporting Actor.
This is bad news for Winfrey. Its tough to compete against Meryl Streep in a role that many predicted would get her another Best Actress win. Great news fro Julia Roberts.
- August: Osage County (theguardian.com)
- Meryl Goes “Supporting” – The Scare Quotes Are Mandatory (thefilmexperience.net)