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Rome Film Festival names Matthew McConaughey and Scarlett Johansson's voice as Best Actor and Actress

Nov. 18, 2013by: Alex Maidy

It is that time of year when all of the Oscar hopeful movies begin taking home trophies and we begin compiling our picks for the best movies and performances of the year. While there are still a lot of movies that haven't even hit theaters for general audiences, the majority of them have premiered at film festivals and in limited release. With Cannes, Sundance, and Toronto under our belt, the latest round of festivals will start to build Oscar buzz for a number of projects.

Two actors who have been named quite often as top contenders this season are Matthew McConaughey and Scarlett Johansson for very different performances. McConaughey's dramatic weight loss for DALLAS BUYERS' CLUB has been getting a lot of critical acclaim despite the movie itself not living up to quite that same standard. Johansson on the other hand performs in voice only in Spike Jonze's HER. A voice only role has never won an acting trophy at the Oscars.

That being said, both actors just won for their performances at the Rome Film Festival. While this particular festival doesn't preclude anything in the Oscar race itself, this does represent one of the first gauntlets to be thrown this season. The other big award to take note of is Scott Cooper's OUT OF THE FURNACE winning the award for best First/Second Film. That movie has been getting a lot of buzz but not necessarily of the awards variety. Here's hoping Cooper's film can follow the same path as CRAZY HEART and make it in the nominations as a dark horse.

Stay tuned as the films that will be in contention slowly come into focus.

Source: IndieWire

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8:59PM on 11/18/2013
If Johansson is nominated and wins Best Actress for only her voice work at the Oscars, then it will it be utter bullshit and a slap in the face to all of the other candidates nominated in their respected categories. I'm not saying voice work isn't difficult work or easy, it's just that I'd rather have the award go to someone who actually disappeared into the role as opposed to someone we never went to set and just spoke into a microphone.

I am happy to see McConaughey win for Dallas Buyers
If Johansson is nominated and wins Best Actress for only her voice work at the Oscars, then it will it be utter bullshit and a slap in the face to all of the other candidates nominated in their respected categories. I'm not saying voice work isn't difficult work or easy, it's just that I'd rather have the award go to someone who actually disappeared into the role as opposed to someone we never went to set and just spoke into a microphone.

I am happy to see McConaughey win for Dallas Buyers Club, even though I think Chiwetel Ejiofor is going to win in for Twelve Years A Slave.
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5:07PM on 11/18/2013
Awarding Johansson's "voice only" work is B.S. . . .
Awarding Johansson's "voice only" work is B.S. . . .
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4:50PM on 11/18/2013
With critically acclaimed role this year and Interstellar coming next year,Looks like McConahay is having a wonderful time
With critically acclaimed role this year and Interstellar coming next year,Looks like McConahay is having a wonderful time
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4:50PM on 11/18/2013
With critically acclaimed role this year and Interstellar coming next year,Looks like McConahay is having a wonderful time
With critically acclaimed role this year and Interstellar coming next year,Looks like McConahay is having a wonderful time
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4:39PM on 11/18/2013

Interesting

McConaughey's performance was superior to the sum of the other parts of the film. Still- kinda proof that awards are political. This is McConaughey's year, moment, etc. He's built a cult following amongst critics for his riskier role choices, then they covered the multi-year saga of McConaughey's involvement with "Dallas Buyers Club" including the extreme weight loss and it's about AIDS. Add all that up and politically there's no other choice but McConaughey for the Best Actor Oscar.
McConaughey's performance was superior to the sum of the other parts of the film. Still- kinda proof that awards are political. This is McConaughey's year, moment, etc. He's built a cult following amongst critics for his riskier role choices, then they covered the multi-year saga of McConaughey's involvement with "Dallas Buyers Club" including the extreme weight loss and it's about AIDS. Add all that up and politically there's no other choice but McConaughey for the Best Actor Oscar.
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5:20PM on 11/18/2013
So, next year it'll probably come down to AIDS and slavery.
So, next year it'll probably come down to AIDS and slavery.
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