Magazine article Variety

No Harm in Turning on Q&A Charm

Magazine article Variety

No Harm in Turning on Q&A Charm

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Moviegoers far outside of Hollywood might think that the Oscar actually goes to the "best performance," whatever that is. But those on the circuit know the award doesn't always correlate with the nominated performance. Other factors include the idea that an actor is "due," how well the film scores financially and, of course, likability.

Jean Dujardin, for example, was tireless in working the circuit, and always came off as funny, outgoing and self-effacing, despite heavy competition from a field that included George Clooney.

So far this year, the best charm offensive has been waged by Eddie Redmayne, who plays Stephen Hawking in "The Theory of Everything." It's a fantastic, transformative performance that could win the best actor statue on its own merits. But helping the situation is the fact that Redmayne is almost ridiculously endearing.

Working against Redmayne is the fact that he faces some stiff competition, and is perceived as the newcomer of the group. But at a SAG Q&A last week, the thesp received a standing ovation, and the more he talked about the research he did into ALS, the more it became apparent he was no amateur. …

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