Oscar hype runs high this month


As the holiday movie season approaches, the magazines are dangling actress Oscar bait from their covers. Nicole Kidman, looking positively embalmed, tips her cleavage to the readers of November's Premiere, promoting both her star turn in Jane Campion's forthcoming "Portrait of a Lady" and the sheer and absolute perfection of her marriage to Tom Cruise. "It doesn't feel like seven years to me at all," she gushes.

The underdog nominee may be Kristin Scott Thomas, that British actress from "Four Weddings and a Funeral," "A Handful of Dust" and "Angels and Insects," who's about to appear with Ralph Fiennes in the season's biggest and highest-minded romance, "The English Patient."

Thomas is on the cover of the November Interview, looking spiffy, cheery and slightly bronzed, and having very little to say. "I'm an actress and I think actresses shouldn't be allowed to give interviews," she notes with a dignified laugh.

Will five-time nominee Glenn Close attract an Oscar this year? Well, she is not going to be ignored. Close has the flashiest role of the season as Cruella De Vil in "101 Dalmatians," not to mention a smaller part opposite Jack Nicholson in Tim Burton's "Mars Attacks!" "I'd have to say that Cruella is one of the most wonderful characters I've ever played," she says in the November Movieline, after showing off the engagement ring she got from "Sunset Boulevard" carpenter Steve Beers.

Then again, the actress Oscar race may turn into a pop-diva-thon, with Barbra Streisand up for "The Mirror Has Two Faces," Madonna up for "Evita" and Courtney Love up for the highly buzzed-about "The People vs. Larry Flynt." (Alas, Whitney Houston of "The Preacher's Wife" will probably have to settle for the best-song race.)

Pub Date: 11/10/96

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