Oscar Watch: The Pitt Debate

by Anne Thompson
January 11, 2009 3:57 AM
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Curiousbenbutton2Some see Pitt's performance in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button as a transformative role of a lifetime, while others see it as a mix of Pitt and genius visual effects. The question is, how did the Academy actors who will nominate the top five actors of the year see it? At various Golden Globes parties over the weekend, I heard both sides of the argument. Did Paramount, which has done a yeoman job of getting the movie open and turning it into a hit, reveal too much of the process? And how do Academy voters feel about the animation involved in Pitt's performance?

Here's a bit of Michael Phillips' review in The Chicago Tribune:

When we see him in flashback, as a bald, wheelchair-bound codger in miniature, we recognize Pitt, but it's not really Pitt. It's an animated Gollum-y version of the actor we know.

Pitt talks about his conventional makeup here:

And reveals more of the process to CBS's Katie Couric:

Clearly, Pitt was still acting, throughout. But Academy members can be a bit stodgy about these things.

[Originally appeared on Variety.com]

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