Oscar: Size Matters–Jamie Foxx (Ray), Javier Bardem, Johnny Depp (Pirates)

The best way to win awards in Hollywood is to plaster a young face with old-age makeup. Artificial aging is interpreted as an infallible sign of “character” for those who confuse the art of acting with the art of disguise.

Andrew Sarris

Size, or rather sheer weight, matters, when the Oscar race is concerned. This year, the three frontrunners for the Best Actor Oscar are all performers in some form of disguise.

To play the legendary musician Ray Charles (who was blind) in Ray, Jamie Foxx had lost over 30 pounds.

As the Spaniard writer Ramon Sampedro, who fought for three decades to end his life with dignity, Javier Bardem is playing a physically immobile man who’s much older than his own age.

The brilliant Johnny Depp, who received a Best Actor nomination last year for plating an eccentric pirate in “The Pirates of the Carribean,” is back in the Oscar race this year with “Finding Neverland,” as Scottish playwright J. M. Barrie, working in London on the magical children’s play, “Peter Pan.”

The entire publicity campaign for the new, severely flawed indie, The Machinist, seems to revolve around the substantial weight loss of its star, Christian Bale, who several years ago gained publicity for putting on weight and pumping up iron to play the lead in “American Psycho.”


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