By Patrick Shanley
Every Oscar season there is a new name or unexpected performer whose work thrusts them into the awards’ season spotlight. Though it is generally only one or two names that audiences must get accustomed to saying in the same breath as Oscar, this year there are a slew of potential actors and actresses that, this time last year, could not have been farther from the Oscar conversation.
Not since Annie Hall‘s best picture win in 1978 has a comedy won the night’s big award, and, possibly as a result, comedic actors are generally not associated with Oscar night. However, this year may see a number of big name comedy stars earning nominations from the Academy.
Seth Rogen, who has proven himself to be a bankable comedy star at the box office over the past decade, has not often had his name bandied about in the Oscar conversation. His role as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in director Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs may change that perception. The film has serious Oscar buzz Rogen may receive his first nomination, in the supporting actor category, that will earn him the same status as friends and fellow Judd Apatow alums, James Franco and Jonah Hill.