I'm starting to feel like Depp will win the oscar.
All he has to do is pull off the singing. And by most accounts, he does. If the response is positive at all, he'll have the golden globe in the bag - only Gosling seems to have any chance to beat him - especially since he has a likely double nom coming (they've nommed him for his last two Jack Sparrows, and last year's Leo love-fest proves they aren't opposed to double-dipping for stars). And the media will be all over him. All these things will make it hard for the academy not to notice come nomination time.
And as far as the actual oscar WIN... Daniel Day-Lewis is his only real competition. And he's already won. And his film might be a little too "out there" for universal love (Sweeney might, too, of course, but with both films out there in bizarro world, the "due" factor should decide it). Sweeney Todd just seems like the perfect role to do it for Depp, i.e. it builds on his established strengths and plays into his persona (from the clips, Sweeney Todd = Edward Scissorhands + Jack Sparrow) while also stretching him considerably (the singing).
Of course, it MIGHT just totally fail, or be seen as too cartoonish, too much of a retread, etc. But with Sondheim and a lot of others reportedly very happy with the film, I think Johnny'll be hard to deny.
Thoughts on this?
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Labels: awards season 2007