This year has given us an interesting mix of Academy Award nominees. In the Actor categories, we have previous winners, previous nominees, and a strong showing by first-time nominees. There are critics’ choices, sentimental favorites, and a few who make us think “it’s about time he got noticed and awarded.”
The movies featuring these actors are also a mix of comedy-drama, drama, thriller, and even musical. But what I find most heartening is that most of the films are about challenges faced at various times of our lives. Standing up for what we believe. Caring about family and friends. Looking out for others. Making big mistakes. Deciding where your future and your passions lie.