Role: Kate Grant, the sniping, foul-mouthed wife of a dreamer who thinks he’s won a fortune.
In her favor: Her Mrs. Claus appearance sets you up for the sucker punch of her salty, bitter dialogue. She walks off with every scene she’s in.
Then again: Older actresses don’t often score in this category: There have been only 12 winners over 50 in 77 years.
Role: Ginger, the salt-of-the-earth sister of Cate Blanchett’s flighty socialite.
In her favor: As foil to the brittle Jasmine, her warmth practically radiates off the screen. And she benefits from the Woody Allen touch.
Then again: She was largely ignored in the precursor awards —not an optimistic sign.
“Blue Is the Warmest Color”
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