The Contenders: Is Oprah The One To Beat In The Best Supporting Actress Oscar Race?


As we move from the summer movie season into Oscar season, speculation on just who and what will win Oscar next February is heating up. While I’m confident that Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba are in the race for their roles in Mud and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, respectively, one name that just got a major boost into the Oscar race is Oprah Winfrey.

Winfrey plays the wife of White House butler played by Forest Whitaker in Lee Daniels’ upcoming movie The Butler. And Roger Friedman over at Showbiz411 reported that Sasha Stone’s May 2013 assumption that this could be Oprah’s year for Oscar was spot on. Friedman, writing after a SAG screening of the film, was basically handing Oprah the statue.

We’ll know more in a couple weeks when Lee Daniels’ The Butler hits theaters. But given that Daniels almost directed Nicole Kidman to an Oscar for peeing on Zac Efron in the highly underrated movie Paperboy, you can’t help but speculate that he and Oprah may be headed for Precious-like success again this year. They have the Weinsteins on their side, so things are looking good for Daniels, Oprah and The Butler.

The Butler opens on Aug. 16, 2014. 



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