Thursday, 10 January 2013

CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK: Can Glen Campbell repeat as Best Actor in 2013? + Meet Oscar’s newest women history-makers

THE RECORD BREAKERS: Some interesting trivia arising from Thursday’s announcement of the Oscar nominations: Best-Actress nominees Quvenzhané Wallis of Beasts of the Southern Wild and Emmanuelle Riva (Amour) are the youngest and eldest nominees this year and in the history of that category, respectively. Wallis is nine, while Riva is 85 years young. Interestingly, these ladies gave two of the most impressive performances to grace the big screen in 2012. So to say that their nominations are richly deserved would be an incredible understatement.

THE RACE IS ON: In local theatre, this year's Best-Actor field is finally starting to shape up. While the likes of Dennis Titus (Pularchie), Wynton Williams (The Messiah), and Carl Samuels (God’s Way 2) established themselves early on as worthy contenders of note, most recently veteran actor Glen Campbell, who last year snagged the Thespy and Actor Boy double for Charlie’s Angels, proved that he’s a force to be reckoned with this year, thanks to his stellar showing in Glass Slippaz. Starring opposite the equally praiseworthy Donald Anderson and Sakina Deer, Campbell offers a luminous, laugh-out-loud performance drenched in his signature expert comic timing. Still, with such stiff competition in the running this season, it remains to be seen if the seasoned actor can go all the way for the second year in a row.

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