Jeff Bridges had a lot to live up to when he took on the role of Rooster Cogburn in last year’s True Grit remake. John Wayne himself won an Oscar for that same part, in 1969. (The original True Grit airs on Fri., Jan. 28, at 8PM | 7C, and Sat., Jan. 29, at 5PM | 4C.) So will Bridges follow in the Duke’s footsteps when it comes time for the big award? As of this morning, according to AMC’s Oscars poll, he’s certainly well positioned. Bridges has 42 percent of the vote, and Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) trails not far behind, with 39 percent.
AMC’s voters like the new True Grit in other categories as well: Bridges’s teen co-star, Hailee Steinfeld, dominates the Best Supporting Actress category with a near majority of 48 percent, leaving Melissa Leo (The Fighter) a distant second, at 18 percent. Same for the Coen brothers, who at 42 percent look to upset The Social Network‘s David Fincher for Best Screenplay, despite all the buzz. In other categories, like Best Picture, True Grit may currently be in second in the AMC poll, but, either way, the film appears destined for gold in some category. After all, back in 1969, the only other nomination True Grit got was for Best Song. With so many more nominations, the chances of winning have vastly improved.
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