Another round of living legends vs. young ingeues
Pauline Collins, 'Quartet'
Pro: A nominee in 1990 in the best actress category for the indie hit "Shirley Valentine," Collins steals the spotlight from co-stars Maggie Smith and Billy Connolly in Dustin Hoffman's "directorial" debut. Collins character is slowly succumbing to dementia and she has one superb scene that screams "Oscar moment." The former BAFTA winner may also receive a lot of support from the British contingent of the Academy (maybe).
Con: Collins hasn't appeared on this side of the Atlantic very often over the past two decades which doesn't help her with the "campaigning" aspect of awards season. "Quartet" is opening in New York and Los Angeles just six days before nomination ballots are due. Even with an early screener and industry screening campaign, that may be cutting it close.
- Gregory Ellwood