Her performance is stunningly balls-out, but the chances of Annette Bening winning a Best Actress Oscar for her Running With Scissors performance are zilch…sorry. There’s such a thing as being too convincing as a wackjobber, and if the movie is tanking on top of that…forget it.
Of course, if you’re a Reuters writer trying to convey the same thing in a Bening interview piece, you have to go all namby-pamby and use the word “may”, in the same chickenshit way that the N.Y. Times relies on its stock phrase “remains to be seen.” Bening’s “losing record at the Oscars epitomizes an old saying — always the bridesmaid, never the bride,” the article begins, “and a big question this season is whether she may suffer the same fate again.”