Jeff Bridges' 'Crazy Heart' to shake up the Oscar season

crazy-heart_lEarlier this week I posted about a trio of last-minute Best Actress contenders. Now Fox Searchlight is throwing an exciting wrench into the Best Actor race by deciding to release its country-music drama Crazy Heart, starring Jeff Bridges in what’s said to be a career-best performance, in mid-December for awards consideration. Bridges is a four-time past nominee (his first nomination was 37 years ago for The Last Picture Show) and seems like the kind of guy who’s due for major recognition. And early screenings of the film have indicated that Bridges’ turn as an alcoholic crooner could just do the trick.

So what will this news mean for the Best Actor competition? Up in the Air‘s George Clooney and A Single Man‘s Colin Firth are the closest things we’ve got to locks at this point, while Morgan Freeman’s role as Nelson Mandela in Clint Eastwood’s Invictus seems quite promising as well. If Bridges is as much of a shoo-in as I’m hearing, then that leaves only one slot for the taking, meaning that most of the other top contenders—Nine‘s Daniel Day-Lewis, The Hurt Locker‘s Jeremy Renner, A Serious Man‘s Michael Stuhlbarg, and The Informant!‘s Matt Damon—could very well end up without an invite to the big show.

My colleague Nicole Sperling has the scoop on Crazy Heart‘s official release date.

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  • shawshank

    I always get Jeff Bridges and Jeff Daniels confused. But I think I like Jeff Daniels a little more.

    • jared4ever

      What a tool you are.

      • James

        Speaking of tools…

      • thedude

        That’s just like your opinion, man

  • Michael

    Jeff Bridges is due big-time. If nominated, he should win.

  • harry

    Jeff Bridges needs to get his!

  • Robert Taylor

    Uh Dave, isn’t it a tad early to call their performances “locks” if most of America’s film critics and barely any audience has even gotten a chance to witness them?

    Buzz? Yes. Locks? Ha! Get serious, it’s barely November.

    • Kwise

      Amen to that – most of us haven’t even heard of these films yet. It angers me to think that some nominees could be “locks.” (although I recognize that the viewing public has no say in the matter. still, let’s wait til the movies are released, ok?)

      • junior

        Okay, I’ve heard this comment several times on this blog. Here’s the deal, just because you haven’t seen the movie doesn’t mean you can’t add up the buzz to see if it could get nommed. Get over it and play the game…

      • mike

        The problem is buzz is just buzz. Film Festivals, people and critics actually seeing the films, bad box office have a say here. I would also like to see the films.

      • Michael

        There’s buzz going on in the industry that Dave sees that he don’t. As for the four locks, they are the performances that are seen as a good chance for taking the critics awards which will factor into the nominations. I definitely like Jeff Bridges, Morgan Freeman, and George Clooney as nominees. I think Clive will find himself nominee-less because I don’t think he’ll end up with the critic group awards he needs.

    • Bobby’s Robot

      Yeah and Hilary Swank was a lock…until Amelia was actually released.

      • Nick T


  • Zach

    George Clooney a lock for that little comedy? I loved Juno, but from the few spots of UitA I’ve seen, it certainly doesn’t look like a lock in any category. Have we forgotten what great acting is? Clooney playing Clooney will never earn him another Oscar.

    • brad

      I’m sick of all the George Clooney hype! Most of his movies are terrible and he is not that good of an actor.

  • Robert Taylor

    Whenever I read the word “lock” in these articles I’m just flashing back to all the “locks” Australia had last year and snickering.

  • Aver

    I think if the trailer says anything, Toby Mcquire (spelling?) looks pretty darn good in Brothers. Could contend this year if it turns out well.

    • Kelsey

      Tobey Maguire does indeed look VERY good in Brothers, as do Jake Gyllenhaal and Natalie Portman. Would not surprise me at all if that film lands a few nods. Just look at Sheridan’s film In America, which got Samantha Morton and Djimon Hounsou nods.

  • Kaylie

    What about the Messenger?

  • Clea

    I don’t care if I haven’t seen the film yet, but Bridges for the win! I would say he’s more than due for an Oscar; he’s overdue. An otherwise dull race just got exciting…

  • jared4ever

    Love Jeff Bridges.. However, I did just see the previews for “Brothers” and it looks strong as well.

  • Davey

    Jeff Bridges is one of my favorite actors but I wouldn’t say he is due. I mean, he certainly didn’t deserve an Oscar for Starman or The Contender? I guess I’d be torn if he and Colin Firth were nominated, because Firth gives an outstanding performance in A Single Man.

  • shdrew

    I’ve always found Jeff Bridges to be an extremely boring presence onscreen. He just does nothing for me at all.

  • Michael

    I hope Daniel Day Lewis gets a nod.

    • James S.

      Jeremy Renner’s time is long overdue.

    • John

      I don’t know much, but I do know that Daniel Day-Lewis hasn’t played a non-nominated role in over a decade. So let’s see if the boy can sing.

  • Sina

    I loved him in Mirror has Two Faces. But it makes me feel old to see him so old.

  • john taco

    he’s the dude, so that’s what you call him

    • Steve Stevenson

      that or the duder, or el duderino if youre not into the whole brevity thing

    • dave

      you guys are both idiots

      • John

        Yes, those poor idiots paying quick, brief homage to what may well have been the most iconic role that this actor will ever play. Dave, “you are out of your element.’

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