Monday Match-Up: Mulligan vs. Sidibe

By now its common knowledge that this year’s Best Actress race will be between Sandra Bullock and Meryl Streep, but imagine them not being in the picture. If that was the case, the two most logical front-runners would be Carey Mulligan and Gabourey Sidibe.

What We Know

  • Both women have been in awards contention all season long
  • Carey Mulligan received the Best Actress award from the National Board of Review
  • Gabby Sidibe received the Breakthrough Performance by an Actress award from the National Board of Review
  • ‘Precious’ is Sidibe’s first and only role to date

The Real REAL

In this match-up the clear winner is Mulligan. Don’t get me wrong, Sidibe did a fantastic job in the title role of ‘Precious’ but there’s no earlier work of hers to compare. ‘An Education’ was coming out party of sorts for Mulligan, after years of supporting roles. And on top of that she did a phenomenal job in a lead role with veteran actors such as Peter Sarsgaard and Alfred Molina in supporting roles.  With her portrayal in ‘An Education’ and her blink and you missed her role in Jim Sheridan’s ‘Brothers’, Mulligan proved she has staying power while the verdict is still out on Sidibe.  My hope is that she does get offered more roles in the future, but for now this match goes to Mulligan.



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