Volume 94, Issue 97

Friday, March 23, 2001


The curtain rises on God

Darude conjures up a storm

UWO greets CBC documentaries

Listen to history

Mudhoney album a mess

The twisted tale of Julia and Oscar

The twisted tale of Julia and Oscar

By Matt Pearson
Arts & Entertainment Editor

Oh Julia, it looks as though your time has finally come. This Sunday, when Oscar mania bursts into Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium with enough pomp to coronate a queen, the big money will be on Julia Roberts, who is all but guaranteed to get her hands on the Best Actress statuette.

Although Roberts, to whom kindred spirits like myself intimately refer to simply as "Julia," may not necessarily be winning for her role in director Steven Soderbergh's blockbuster, Erin Brockovich. She is nonetheless deserving of a little recognition.

Afterall, she's played a prostitute, a daughter, a mother, a stepmother, a celebrity, a journalist, a food critic, a law student and one pissed off paralegal. Yet despite all of these roles, Julia has yet to walk away with a covetted Oscar, though she came close with Pretty Woman and Steel Magnolias.

If Julia wins on Sunday night (or rather, when she wins), it won't be the first time the academy has rewarded someone for their entire body of work, as opposed to one movie in particular. Remember Clint Eastwood?

Although the two have never starred together in a film, they do have something in common: Eastwood won an Oscar for his 1992 film Unforgiven and it was certainly felt by the entertainment media at the time, the award signified his prolific career more than the film itself.

Since 1990, Julia has appeared in almost 30 feature films, including three to be released this year alone. And with a paycheque of about $20 million per film, movie companies seem all too happy to shell out the dough for a little of Julia's smile.

Yet she consistently provides a good return on the investment, with all three of her most recent projects (The Mexican, Erin Brockovich and Stepmom) achieving blockbuster status and blowing away the competition at the theatres.

Granted, she has made the odd stinker (I Love Trouble, Something to Talk About), Julia remains, by far, the most bankable female star on the market. She could design an entire line of clothing out of $20 bills and then sell them to celebs like Meg Ryan, Sandra Bullock and Cameron Diaz, who only dream of one day outdoing her sparkle.

So now it's time for Julia to enter the big league, where she will join the ranks of phenomenal female stars, including Susan Sarandon, Jodie Foster and, as much as I hate to admit it, Meryl Streep. Hollywood's darling is about to reach the pinnacle of her career at this point, and God knows she's earned it.

Here's looking at you, Julia – now will you finally do that sequel to My Best Friend's Wedding?

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