Why do the Oscars favor actors in cross-dressing roles? On the Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy blog, Alexis L. Loinaz uses the upcoming 'Albert Nobbs,' in which Glenn Close plays a woman disguised as a male waiter, as a pretext for attempting an answer. His conclusion: it's all about the difficulty factor.
"I think Oscar voters really like to see profound physical transformations," Entertainment Weekly's Dave Karger told Speakeasy, adding, "There's nothing as dramatic and drastic as playing with gender lines. In the right hands, it's 'Boys Don't Cry.' In the wrong hands, it's a farce. And in the really wrong hands, it's offensive. [It's] right up there, as far as degree of difficulty."
Actually, in the really wrong hands it's Adam Sandler's 'Jack and Jill.'