The more I think about it, the more I’m quite certain Viola Davis will win best actress at the Oscars this year. “The Help” is huge, there’s sentimentality in her corner (disturbingly she’d only be the second black actress to win in the category) and frankly, there’s not a whole lot of competition. The only people that can beat her at this point are Michelle Williams and – sight unseen – Meryl Streep.
If Davis can keep giving precursor speeches like this one at the Women in Hollywood awards earlier this week, the Oscar’s hers. It’s funny, sincere and makes clear both her very humble beginnings and the importance of recognizing African-American actresses without being too preachy about it.
It seems to me that the most likely scenario is a Viola vs. Meryl showdown. Which is funny, because Davis notes her appreciation for Streep in the aforeposted speech (“I just want to be Meryl Streep!”), and if you recall in Streep’s SAG speech for “Doubt” a few years back (where she co-starred with Davis), the feel’s mutual:
“My GOD somebody give her a movie,” Streep screams at 4:50 or so. They did, and now she’s going to beat you at the Oscars. Or vice versa. Though either way I suspect that will only result in a mutual lovefest all through awards season (a la Streep & Bullock), which should be endearing to witness…