Amelia (Fox Searchlight)
Director: Mira Nair
Cast: Hilary Swank, Richard Gere, Christopher Eccleston and Ewan McGregor
The Scoop: Two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank (Boys Don’t Cry, Million Dollar Baby) is again courting Oscar buzz. This time, the versatile thesp tackles the role of the legendary American pilot Amelia Earheart, who disappeared while flying over the Pacific in 1937 in an attempt to make a flight around the world.
"Hilary is like Amelia in the sense that she's a spiritual daredevil. She throws herself wholeheartedly into whatever she's doing, but at the same time she has a sense of humour about it, too,” director Mira Nair says of her 35-year-old star, adding, "I couldn't think of anyone more appropriate for the role."
Notes Lisa Timmons of Socialite Life, “There's no way she's not going to get nominated. She's portraying a real-life American icon whose life ended tragically and mysteriously and for heaven's sake, she cut off her hair. If that doesn't do it, then I don't know what would.”