US actors lose out

Oscar winners 2008So the Oscars are over for another year and the gongs have been handed out.

And among all the coverage of this year’s awards, there seems to be one thing that has been overlooked: all the main acting statues were awarded to non-Americans, and Europeans to boot.

Daniel Day-Lewis and Tilda Swinton are both British, while Marion Cotillard is French and Javier Bardem is Spanish. Nothing for the likes of Johnny Depp, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Laura Linney or Ellen Page.

Whether this says something about the sort of roles European actors get, I don’t know, but I thought it was an interesting side issue.

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