As far as Hollywood’s A list is concerned, there are no small parts, only shrewd career moves; that’s why less could be more for two big names in November. Kevin Costner may have calculated his way to a Best Supporting Actor nomination by taking second billing to 13-year-old Elijah Wood (whom Universal will push for a Best Actor slot) in the Vietnam-era father-son drama The War. + And although he is said to have only 20 or so minutes of screen time in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Robert De Niro has what may be the year’s showiest supporting role, leaving costar Kenneth Branagh to contend for Best Actor and Best Director. Voters will also be keeping their eyes on Jack Nicholson (a nine-time nominee) and Anjelica Huston, generating real-life frissons in director Sean Penn’s The Crossing Guard. It’s too soon to tell how Oscar balloters will react to the year’s biggest unknown quantity: Interview With the Vampire, directed by Neil Jordan (at left) and starring the toothsome Tom Cruise.
Posted January 17 2015 — 3:45 PM EST
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