This week my "Take Three" column (every Sunday, three write-ups on three performances in a supporting/character actor's career) over at The Film Experience features Chris Cooper in Adaptation., Breach and The Muppets.
Cooper was up against a quartet of big names in the 2003 Best Supporting Actor Oscar race: Christopher Walken (Catch Me if You Can), Ed Harris (The Hours), John C. Reilly (Chicago) and Paul Newman (Road to Perdition).
As the then least weighty name, his nomination didn’t necessarily
guarantee success. But, conversely, his fifteen prior award wins and a
further 5 nominations for the role spoke volumes. He emerged victorious,
yet, inexplicably, Adaptation remains his only nod to date...
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