Dan Krisch: Laying Down The Law At The Academy Awards
I would like to thank the Academy. At first blush, this year's crop of Oscar nominees might appear to have no connection to the law, but do a little digging and you'll unearth some fascinating legal issues – from admiralty law ("Captain Phillips") to mail and wire fraud ("The Wolf of Wall Street").
While I'm no match for A.O. Scott or Owen Gleiberman when it comes to Oscar predictions (this column was written several days before the March 2 ceremony), 2014 might just be the year when the Academy passes on the tinsel and lays down the law instead.
Best Supporting Actor
Barkhad Abdi: "Captain Phillips"
Bradley Cooper: "American Hustle"
Michael Fassbender: "12 Years A Slave"
Jonah Hill: "The Wolf of Wall Street"
Jared Leto: "Dallas Buyers Club"
And the Infernie™ goes to . . . .
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club. Bradley Cooper's perm deserves an honorary Oscar and Fassbender put the dread in Dred Scot as a sadistic plantation owner, but transgender issues are the next gay marriage: Connecticut passed legislation in 2011 protecting gender identity and expression and suddenly the T in LGBT is getting a great deal of legal attention. Besides, every lawyer should empathize with Leto's character who, in one of the film's most memorable scenes, has to clean herself up and don a conservative suit to earn money (albeit by begging it from her father).