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Looks like Oscar voters are crazy for Jeff Bridges

January 18, 2010 - Andy Gray
Sometimes, the award isn’t nearly as telling as the reaction to it.

There’s plenty of documentation on what an oddball and insular group the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is, which means the Golden Globe Awards winners aren’t necessarily the Oscar front runners.

But did anyone else notice the ovation Jeff Bridges received as he took the stage to receive the Best Actor in a Drama award for “Crazy Heart”? There were a lot of Academy voters on their feet cheering, and it certainly looked like they want to honor Bridges for a long, worthy career as well as a great, worthy performance.

And it is a great performance. I got to see a press screening of “Crazy Heart” last week in Cleveland (the movie opens Friday at the Cedar Lee Theatre in Cleveland Heights. No word yet on a Mahoning Valley opening date). The movie itself is good, not great, but Bridges is a marvel as alcoholic singer Bad Blake.

Most prognosticators have this year’s Best Actor Oscar as a two-man race between Bridges and George Clooney (“Up in the Air”). Seeing the way his peers reacted last night, Bridges just surged into the lead.

 
 

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Jeff Bridges holds up his Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama. (AP Photo)