Geroge Clooney has sort of started a pattern where he gets an Oscar nomination for acting every couple years. He got his first nod in 2005 (a handful), including his first acting nomination for his role in Syriana. In fact he won.
Two years later he was nominated for the first time as a lead actor for the 2007 film Michael Clayton.
Two years later he was nominated again for the 2009 film Up In the Air.
So will he continue this every other year pattern?
Clooney who is in two potentially critically favored films, Ides of March and The Descendants, which will be released later this year, and I don't think it's a stretch to consider Clooney a favorite for a nomination for his lead role as a father who has to care for his two daughters, and deal with other baggage after his wife slips into a coma.
Who knows about Ides of March - but at this point the buzz seems in favor of other performances (like Ryan Gosling as lead actor, and Phillip Seymore Hoffman, supporting).
Now, it's another story with The Descendants. This seems like the type of role, project, director that gets an actor nominated.
Watching the preview, it'd be easy to argue Clooney is just repeating his performance and persona of previous roles...but those previous roles he seems to draw on are similar to what we've seen in Up In The Air and Michael Clayton. He's not drawing on Dodge Connelly from Leatherheads or Danny Ocean from the Ocean Eleven series...no this is Clooney doing what Oscar has honored before.
Clooney seems like a strong potential to score a spot as one of the 5 Best Actor nominees for this upcoming award season.
So...maybe we should also start paying attention to what Clooney's doing in 2013?