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@eskimo.com (Aaron Slisco) writes:
>Kevin Kline's oscar was for best supporting actor (it would have been
>impossible for him to win best actor since John Cleese played the lead
>in 'A Fish Called Wanda').
Well, in the best of all possible worlds, yes. But if this were *really* true,
I would be able to write:
"Robin Williams' Oscar nomination for DEAD POETS SOCIETY was for best
supporting actor (it would have been impossible for him to be nominated as best
actor since Ethan Hawke played the lead in DEAD POETS SOCIETY)."
But Williams snagged a Best Actor nomination. The studios choose which
performers the Academy should "consider" in which category, based mostly on how
likely they think it is that the performer will actually be nominated and/or
win. In this example, Williams was a big name, the movie was an ensemble piece
(though Hawke's character was clearly the protagonist--maybe Robert Sean
Leonard too, if you stretch the meaning of the word), and Williams got a Best
Actor nod despite the fact that his was the *definition* of a supporting
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