In my October supporting actor predictions post, I included Richard Griffiths in the supporting catagory receiving a nomination. But after receiving glowing press, Fox Searchlight has put Richard Griffiths back in the lead catagory for the role which won Griffith's a Tony Award.
This is an interesting choice, because the field for best supporting actor has a lot of potential nominees, with really none positioned as locks, except maybe Jack Nicholson for his role in The Departed.
The best actor catagory certainly could have some room for Griffiths with the only lock being Forrest Whitiker from The Last King of Scotland. Who knows how this will play out for Griffiths? A nomination may be easier in the lead catagory, but I think a win will be much harder.
(image from LA Times' Gold Derby)
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