Okay, so how many future Oscar nominations is this:
going to cost Jim Carrey?
Depending on how you're keeping score - whether or not you were as impressed with his work in Phillip Morris as I was or thought there were five stronger performances than his Andy Kaufman in 1999 - Carrey should have in the neighborhood of 3 or 4 Oscar nominations under his belt by now instead of the big fat goose egg he's pulling so far.
Not that it's Carrey's job to chase trophies. His great work is its own reward (although that Truman Show snub still stings) and he's proven his abilities several times over. Anyone still writing stories about whether or not Carrey can be taken seriously as a dramatic actor is wasting column inches.
But I still got a pang of disappointment when I saw him covered in cutesy penguins, and it's not just that I miss when he made big Hollywood films as funny as Dumb and Dumber or even Liar Liar. It's that I get the distinct feeling that every time Carrey takes one of these big budget, mass appeal gigs the Academy dumps any collective good will he's earned and sends him right back to GO.
So, I ask again, how many really fine, top notch performances is Mr. Popper going to negate? Just one or the next few?