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O'Toole gets more nods from the media for Oscar

"The best individual performance by far was the one by Peter O’Toole, who should finally be given an Academy Award (after seven nominations) for his towering role in Roger Michell’s Venus. The movie is about an older man having one last crush on a young woman. O’Toole’s performance is magnificent — he does Shakespeare, he dances, he flirts, and ultimately breaks your heart."
- Roger Durling in The Santa Barbara Independant

And this from Tom O'Neil on the LA Times' The Envelope:

"Oscar’s golden boys Best actor race pits overdue vets against talented young stars.

September 27, 2006Catch-up seems to be the theme of this year's Oscar race for best actor.After seven failed nominations -- the most in the academy's acting categories without a win -- Peter O'Toole seems to be the frontrunner for his role in "Venus" as a frail old actor about to feel the drop of life's cruel curtain.At age 74, O'Toole's own health is fading (he suffers from "gastric nasties" after a hearty life), so the notoriously sentimental academy may feel like doing what it did for Paul Newman after 6 losses, Al Pacino and Geraldine Page after 7 and John Wayne after a lifetime of little academy attention: give him an Oscar regardless of his film's quality.In O'Toole's case, his movie is superb, which helps. So do his Oscar odds: the academy has yet to subject an actor to 8 or more snubs in a row. However, O'Toole's ole drinking buddy, Richard Burton, went to his grave tied with his former "Becket" costar as the award's biggest loser, so there aren't always happy Oscar endings.One of O'Toole's most serious rivals is a 31-year-old star who's also considered long overdue. Early on in his career, at age 19, Leonardo DiCaprio was considered an academy darling when he was nommed for best supporting actor in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?"Then, suddenly and strangely in 1997, it looked like voters struck a mysterious grudge against the star of the most successful film ever made in terms of box-office bucks ($1.8 billion worldwide) and Oscars (11). Everybody on board "Titanic," it seemed, got nominated except its "King of the World."Furious, DiCaprio snubbed voters in return and refused to attend the ceremony where his movie sailed on to tie "Ben-Hur's" record for winning the most awards. Two years ago, however, all of that nonsense was forgotten and DiCaprio scored his first lead-actor bid for "The Aviator." But even though he won the Golden Globe, he lost the Oscar.If this really is a year when voters may play catch-up in the best-actor race, then Hollywooders may prefer to embrace the young heartthrob among them instead of an aging star in far-away Britain.DiCaprio has two movie options for them to choose: as a gem-chasing mercenary in "Blood Diamond" and as an undercover cop who infiltrates the mob in "The Departed." It helps to have two films in the running, as Oscar-overdue Sean Penn learned when he won for "Mystic River" the same year he wowed film critics and audiences in "21 Grams" (2003).That's the same situation DiCaprio's "Departed" costar is in, too -- Matt Damon, who earned an Oscar for co-writing "Good Will Hunting," but has yet to win for acting. In "The Departed," he portrays DiCaprio's opposite -- a mobster who infiltrates the police -- but he may have a better chance to prevail with voters in "The Good Shepherd." That's because his role gets more screen time and is more fully etched out psychologically as he potrays an early founder of the CIA."