Thompson on Hollywood

The Race thinks Ed Harris has a shot at a supporting actor Oscar for his role as the sole American Siberian Gulag escapee in The Way Back. So do I---as I told Kris Tapley in our recent Oscar Talk (I have now added Harris to my Oscar Predicts Chart).

Why? Because as director Peter Weir told me the other night after an all-Guild screening in Sherman Oaks, Harris has an iconic masculine American grace. The camera loves him; he brings something extra to everything he does. In a large ensemble that Weir did not permit star turns, Harris provides the emotional spine. The Way Back is a long, long trek movie--across mountains and deserts and through clouds of mosquitoes. Subtly and sturdily, Harris carries the picture. "There's a lack of sentimentality," says Harris. "There's never an emotional release of any kind. It's about the group dynamic, the survival."

Besides, Harris is due: he's been nominated four times and never won, once for Weir's own The Truman Show.

Check out my flip-cam interview with Harris at L'Ermitage below.

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