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Monday, January 30, 2006
OSCAR, don't forget......
.... these 20 performances that deserve to be remembered.

USA TODAY'S annual look at Oscar-worthy performances.
We asked 20 critics for their favorite performances of the year that are likely to be overlooked when OSCAR nominations are announced on Jan. 31.

Oscar Nominations are announced Jan 31, and the winners are announced on March 5. Meanwhile, here are some 20 performances our panel of critics say should not be forgotten.
(Vote for your overlooked actors at life.usatoday.com)


Likely Nominees:

* Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote
* Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain
* Ruseell Crowe, Cinderella Man
* David Strathairn, Good Night, and Good Luck
* Joaquin Phoenix, Walk the Line

But don't forget:

> TERRENCE HOWARD for his turn as a pimp with musical aspirations in Hustle & Flow.

> ROMAIN DURIS in The Beat that My Heart Skipped as a thug grappling with his loyalties to his petty criminal father vs. returning to the study of classical pianos.

> ANTHONY HOPKINS for his portrayal of an elderly motorcyclist who breaks records in The World's Fasterst Indian.

>TOMMY LEE JONES as a ranch hand who struggles to fulfill a promise he made to a good friend to bury him in his Mexican hometown in The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada.

> STEVE CARELL for his part as teh sweet middle aged man who has'nt had much luck in love in The 40-year Old Virgin.


Likely nominees:

* Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line
* Felicity Huffman, Transamerica
* Judi Dench, Mrs. Henderson Presents
* Charlize Theron, North Country
* Joan Allen, The Upside of Anger

But don't forget:

> Naomi Watts for her sad-eyed actress who falls for a giant ape in KingKong.

> Joan Plowright as a lonely widow who hires a "grandson" to impress her friends in Mrs. Palfrey at the Calremont.

> Vera Farmiga as the drug-addicted mother in Down the Bone.

> Juliette Binoche as the mystified wife who along with her husband, is being terrorized in the French Film, Cache.

> Connie Nielsen as teh wife of a soldier thought to be dead in Afghanistan who develops a bond with her husband's brother in Brother's.


Likely nominees:

* Paul Giamatti, Cinderella Man
* Jake Gyllenhaal, Brokeback Mountain
* Matt Dillon, Crash
* George Clooney, Syriana
* William Hurt, A History of Violence

But don't forget:

> Frank Langella as CBS chief William Paly in Good Night, and Good Luck.

> Alexander Siddig for his role as a Middle Eastern prince in the oil industry drama ,Syriana

> Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a male hustler in Mysterious Skin.

> Richard Jenkins for his role as Charlize Theron's tough-minded father in North Country.

> Borje Ahlstedt as a sad son in Ingram Bergman's, Saraband.


Likely nominees:

* Amy Adams, Junebug
* Cattherine Keener, Capote
* Michelle Williams, Brokeback Mountain
* Rachel Weisz, The Constant Gardener
* Maria Bello, A History of Violence

But don't forget:

> Robin Wright Penn, as a disillusioned pregnant, married woman who encounters an old flame in a supermarket, Nine Lives.

> Hope Davis as Gwyneth Paltrow's controlling sister in Proof or as Nicholas Cage wife in The Weather Man.

> Rachel McAdams as the critical sister in the The Family Stone, and the privileged daughter of a Washington bigwig in Wedding Crashers.

> Anne Hathaway as the take-charge Texas gal who marries Jake Gyllenhaal in Brokeback Mountain.

> Emily Mortimer as a mother who writes letters pretending to be a her deaf son's father in Dear Frankie.

(Source: USA TODAY/Claudia Puig)
posted by infraternam meam @ 3:45 AM  
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