An Oscar For Rachel Wiesz? Hollywood’s Best Idea Today.

Movieline reports this morning that “the Oscar bandwagon for Rachel Weisz leaves now.” And if that’s the case, not only will I pony up for gas and snacks, I’ll also drive the first leg.

I’ve been a fan of the Brit actress for years now and have long considered one of the film industry’s more underrated talents. So if Weisz is in Oscar contention, then I’ll only say that — even though she has a Best Supporting Actress gong under her belt — it’s about time for top honors.

Here’s the germane bit from the story:

“Weisz delivers the performance of her career in The Whistleblower. Not bad, considering she already possesses a Supporting Actress Oscar for her work in Gardener and excellence in last year’s sadly underseen Agora. And again, any number of her three films this fall may in fact surpass all of these. But there’s something uniquely captivating about her turn as Kathryn Bolkovac, the real-life Nebraska police officer whose stint as a UN peacekeeper in Bosnia exposed the organization’s connection to an international human-trafficking and sex-slavery ring. Weisz cites the story’s spiritual antecedents like Silkwood and Erin Brockovich, and indeed, as co-written and directed by Larysa Kondracki, The Whistleblower confers both the first film’s dark middle-class intrigue and the second film’s spunk and charisma, showing off two distinct sides of the underdog genre’s heroic coin.”

Read the full story here.

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