The Academy Should Reward Whitaker

A prime example of one who's paid his dues, Forest Whitaker deserves the Best Actor Oscar for his extraordinary turn in The Last King of Scotland

When it comes to Oscars and "sure things," the 6,000-plus Academy voters have had a nasty habit of surprising us in recent years. Remember last year when everyone just knew that Brokeback Mountain had the Best Picture award signed, sealed, and hog-tied? Didn't happen. Crash walked away with that prize. And how many times has Martin Scorsese been tagged to be lugging that 8½-pound goldfella to the after-parties? It has been 26 years since his brilliant Raging Bull somehow managed to lose out to the stupefyingly ordinary Ordinary People, and he has been overlooked five other times since.

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