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Gold Diggers

Predicting future Oscar winners -- Jeffrey Wright and Mark Ruffalo are among the actors who have the little golden guy coming, says Lisa Schwarzbaum

Al Pacino, Jeffrey Wright, ... | MADE IN ' AMERICA' Wright turned in an Oscar-worthy performance for ''Angels''
MADE IN ' AMERICA' Wright turned in an Oscar-worthy performance for ''Angels''

Predicting future Oscar winners

Which not-quite-famous actor do you think has an Oscar in his future? My pick is Jeffrey Wright -- Jeff Littleton
You couldn't have chosen better: If HBO's ''Angels in America'' had been a theatrical movie, Wright might already have a golden boy on his shelf. I'd add Mark Ruffalo to the Oscar runway; he's soon to be seen personifying sensitive ambivalence -- his specialty -- in ''We Don't Live Here Anymore.'' And I'll place long-shot bets on ''The Station Agent'''s Bobby Cannavale and veteran Brian Cox, currently going ''grrrrr'' as Agamemnon in ''Troy.''

When you like a movie that every other critic hates, do you think, ''I'm right and they're wrong''? -- John Heering Jr.
Something like that. Actually, I begin by thinking ''Huh??? Was I the only connoisseur who properly appreciated Lisa Kudrow's fine work in 'Marci X'?'' Then I reread the criticism of my nay-saying colleagues with reverence and respect. And only then do I conclude, ''Nah. I'm right. They're wrong.''

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Originally posted Jun 11, 2004 Published in issue #769 Jun 11, 2004 Order article reprints

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