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Susan Sarandon, "The Lovely Bones"
Previous nominations or wins:
Nominee, Best Actress, "Atlantic City" (1982)
Nominee, Best Actress, "Thelma & Louise" (1992)
Nominee, Best Actress, "Lorenzo's Oil" (1993)
Nominee, Best Actress, "The Client" (1995)
Won, Best Actress, "Dead Man Walking" (1996)
Pros: On paper the semi-alcoholic, but sophisticatedly snappy Grandma Lynn is a premier Oscar bait role if there ever was one and Sarandon's casting fits it to a tee. The fact she hasn't been nominated since winning over a decade ago while still doing exemplary work in films like "Cradle Will Rock," "Igby Goes Down," "Romance and Cigarettes" and "In the Valley of Elah" might just embarrass the Academy into making sure she's recognized this time around.
Cons: Perhaps there is a reason she hasn't been nominated after dominating for so long in the early to mid 90s? Has her personality or politics worn thin with the Academy? Hard to imagine, but something more personal may be afoot here. On the other hand, if "Lovely Bones" just turns out to be an Oscar pretender and just a great commercial thriller it won't matter much anyway.