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Caryn James

George Vs. Leo For Best Actor

  • By Caryn James
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  • November 10, 2011 10:19 AM
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I would still so love to see George Clooney win the Best Actor Oscar for "The Descendants," one of the year’s best films. His performance is witty, touching and as always understated – and I could almost see his chances trickling away with every prosthetic added to Leonardo DiCaprio’s face in "J. Edgar." Here’s what it comes down to: Clooney is great in a lovely, touching, relatively small family drama. DiCaprio is good and nearly unrecognizable in a big, bad film. Hmmm.

Leo Plays J. Edgar: What Didn't We Know?

  • By Caryn James
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  • November 8, 2011 2:21 PM
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J. Edgar Hoover had a fascinating life: wire-tapping unsuspecting Americans, using the dirt on politicians’ personal lives to keep his job as head of the FBI for nearly half a century, reorganizing the Agency and bringing it into the modern age of forensics, being way too close to his Mom -- and those are just the facts, never mind the gossipy details about wearing women’s clothes in private and his murky relationship with his second-in-command in the Agency, Clyde Tolson. So there is absolutely no excuse for "J. Edgar," Clint Eastwood’s disappointingly conventional biopic, to be so yawn-inducing.

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