Lovely Ladies

Imagine watching a movie about an Irish person (both a lesbian male butler and a female, African American maid) who leaves a cult, becomes Marilyn Monroe, and then becomes the Prime Minister of the UK and deals with her son’s violent crimes just before the world ends? That would be a hell of a movie. Unfortunately, 2011 will require seven different movies with potentially brilliant performance to get that combined plot line.

The Oscar season has not yet started and this year has, frankly, been pretty bad so far, but I’m going to be ballsy and go out on a limb to make some predictions.

I’m guessing the two top nominations for the Best Actress Oscar in 2012 will be for “Albert Nobbs” and “The Iron Lady.”

As one major contender, Glenn Close stars in “Albert Nobbs”, the story of a woman in Ireland who poses as a male butler. Someone’s going to find out and, yes, she’s going to fall in love with a woman. Glenn Close appears to be astounding in this role and certainly deserves a major award here, but I can’t get over the fact that the “male butler” always looks just like Glenn Close with a short haircut.

As the second major contender, Meryl Streep portrays Margaret Thatcher, the former Prime Minister of the UK. Meryl Streep is excellent in everything, so there’s no surprise that she’ll be outstanding in “The Iron Lady.” What’s surprising, however, is that Meryl Streep is on quite a losing streak at the Oscars lately. Will this be her time?

MY EARLY PICK:

Other potentials:

– Kirsten Dunst in “Melancholia” (already won a major award)

– Viola Davis in “The Help” (which, hopefully, won’t lead to an Oscar win, but is important to get all of those soccer moms who watch the Oscars)

– Michelle Williams in “My Week with Marilyn” (as Marilyn Monroe) (she’s gone quite a way from “Dawson’s Creek” to possible two-years-in-a-row Oscar nominee)

– Tilda Swinton in “We Need to Talk About Kevin” (as the mother of a child who commits a Columbine-like offense. I read the British reviews and it sounds harrowing)

Potential from movie you’ve never heard of:

– Elizabeth Olsen in “Martha Marcy May Marlene” (about a woman fleeing a cult; she wowed critics at Sundance and Cannes, which is a great start to the awards season)

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