Back at the beginning of the year, I was really confident that Steve Carell was going to be an Oscar nominee for Foxcatcher. In fact, for quite a few months I was predicting that he'd win the actual Oscar. In recent months though, this category has started to fill out and raves have been dolled out and frontrunners have become clear and the fact that his performance and film, while well received, are notably cold and off-putting have caused me to doubt his place in this race. In fact, I have him outside my Top Five for the first time all year.
Well, this year he's receiving the Santa Barbara 'Outstanding Performer of the Year' Award, and so he's suddenly shooting back on my radar.
I'm not sure that this will mean much (although previous winners include Oscar winners Firth, Lawrence, Cruz, Mirren, Ledger and Winslet), but it's something, and with a field filled to the brim with young-bloods in baity biopics, maybe goodwill for a veteran (of sorts) actor with his first brush with Oscar could mean something.