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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Mothers and Sisters

The Best Actress race shouldn't be hurting for candidates this year, especially if these new trailers for two high profile films are any indication.

First we have Meryl Streep looking to break her own record with a 15th Oscar nomination as the stern Sister Aloysius in John Patrick Shanley's adaptation of his own Tony Award winning play Doubt. The role already won Cherry Jones a Tony and every other theater award imaginable, and Streep tears up the screen in the trailer, chewing up and spitting out her esteemed co-stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams in the process. Also watch for Viola Davis, who has been gaining buzz for the Supporting Actress category as well.

Next is Clint Eastwood's Changeling, which finds Angelina Jolie hoping for that second Oscar nod that A Mighty Heart didn't bring her last year. Like that film, Jolie plays a mother facing insurmountable tragedy in this, another harrowing true story, which always helps in the Academy's eyes. Plus, they do so love their Clint. Watch the trailer here.

Changeling will be released first, in limited release October 24 and then wide a week later. Doubt will hit theaters December 12.

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