There’s been a lot of chatter as of late on Twitter about 14 year-old Hailee Steinfeld’s chances at an Oscar nomination and whether her performance should be considered for Best Actress or Best Supporting Actress. The debate seems to be whether the role is a lead role or a supporting role. While I think it is a lead role, what is really in question is where she has the best chance of getting a nomination – and even perhaps winning. That’s how studios decide how to campaign a role. Though Steinfeld is the heart of True Grit, she has the best chance in the Best Supporting Actress category.
This film was originally titled “Betty Anne Waters” but I guess Fox Searchlight decided to steer away from the “a person’s name” film title route. Hilary Swank is hit or miss, but when she’s good she’s really good (hence the two Oscars). Sam Rockwell is one of the most under-rated actors working in Hollywood today. I still think he should have gotten an Oscar nom for Moon last year. Maybe this will be his golden ticket.
Trailer and synopsis after the cut.