Last year, I wrote a small piece about Mo’Nique’s big Oscar win for Precious and I marveled over the fact that she had won an Oscar before Edward Norton. As great as Mo’Nique was in that film (and I’ve gushed repeatedly), no one could’ve seen that coming.
“Don’t worry, Edward,” I wrote. “I’m sure you’ll be getting one of the gold guys soon enough.”
On second thought, maybe I’m not so sure.
When Norton first stormed onto the scene with Primal Fear, it was more than just a great performance, it was a calling card, a young actor showing off his incredible bag of tricks. He played a con-man (it wouldn’t be the last time)—a teenage sociopath who deceived a gullible attorney into thinking he was a stuttering innocent, when, in fact, he was a calculating killer. There’s a great moment—the big reveal—when Norton’s sweet slack face curls into a malevolent grin. It’s chilling.
Norton was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for that film, and although he didn’t win, a major actor had...