The most curious thing about this year's Oscars won't be if "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" upsets for Best Picture (nah, it doesn't have a shot). It'll be who will take home the gold in the Best Supporting Actress race. The Golden Globe went to Kate Winslet for "The Reader." The SAG went to Kate Winslet for "The Reader." And the Oscar won't go to Kate Winslet for "The Reader," since she's nominated in the lead, not supporting, category. That means the Academy will have to choose from five unpracticed-at-giving-a-speech-at-the-podium names.
Actually, it's more like two.
The supporting-actress race is shaping up to be a smack down between Penelope Cruz (the frontrunner from last summer for "Vicky Cristina Barcelona") and Viola Davis (for "Doubt"). Cruz has the Weinstein company in its corner, as well as a previous Oscar nod for "Volver" and the whole gorgeous-beauty-in-a-Woody-Allen-movie factor. Davis is in a movie that seems to be more adored by the Academy (four acting nominations!). Plus, she holds her own against Meryl Streep. But, eh, she's only in the movie for one really long scene. Miramax is trying to hush those doubts -- no doubt! -- by posting a seven-minute clip that showcases almost all of Davis's performance. Watch it here.
Oh no, Penelope! How are you going to fight back?
For the sake of equal airtime, we'll post the 44 second scene where you kiss Scarlett Johansson: