Leading vs. Supporting Categories in 2006 …
I have Jennifer Hudson as a lead actress in Dreamgirls. Oscar had her in supporting and guess what, she won.
Both Forest Whitaker and James McAvoy are leads in The Last King of Scotland.
I was waiting for one of these to come along. I know I'll be overruled (aren't I always in this thread?), but I'll still state my case. The first one isn't as controversial...I think Jennifer Hudson is supporting in Dreamgirls. The leads are Jamie Foxx and Beyonce. Hudson is gone for a section of the film. She's such a big, dominating presence that she steals the film, but I still think she's supporting.
Now, for the more contestable movie. The main problem I have with The Last King of Scotland is that it isn't a movie about Idi Amin (Forest Whitaker). It's a movie about whiny British guy James McAvoy. Idi Amin is just one of the issues and characters in McAvoy's life, and as the film progresses he becomes the sole figure in McAvoy's life, but he's never really seen except for how he affects McAvoy's character. Again, Idi Amin is a big character, and compared to McAvoy's turn, Whitaker overshadows everyone else in the movie. I can understand why people would want to put him as a lead, and as usual, I'll probably re-write my own list to conform (I'll already need to make 5 changes according to what's been posted), but I still say that the story is about McAvoy, and that's why I wasn't crazy about the movie.