Oscar Talk: The Underdogs – Melissa Leo, Richard Jenkins, Trouble the Water

oscarsBack in the day — you know, before the Oscar nominations were announced — I was rooting for acting honors for Richard Jenkins (The Visitor) and Melissa Leo (Frozen River), and a little Academy Awards love for Katrina documentary Trouble the Water.

That particular dream came true, as all received nominations.

New York Times writer David Carr, in a piece published today, pays tribute to those Oscar underdogs, as well as Michael Shannon, nominated for best supporting actor in Revolutionary Road, and nominated docs Waltz With Bashir and The Class.

“Don’t think of the people who aren’t favorites to win as also-rans; these lesser-known nominees are still among the exalted few, given the hundreds of movies made and the tens of thousands of people who make them,” Carr writes.

“And even if they don’t get a shot at thanking their agents and their moms, we can all be grateful that the spectacle-rich Oscars actually have the collateral effect of elevating impressive work that was conceived and somehow made far from the studio lot.”

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