Lately, it seems like every other year, Clint Eastwood snakes his way into the Oscar game. In 2004, when pundits were all but ready to declare Martin Scorsese's "The Aviator" as the run-away victor of the year's top prize, Clint came into the ring swinging and and snatched it away with "Million Dollar Baby."
In 2006, Clints ambitions were doubled as he presented a dual-perspective account of WWII in "Flags of Our Fathers" and "Letter from Iwo Jima." The latter - which, like "Baby," snuck into theaters late in the game - slid into the Best Picture race -- and it was in Japanese. It also garnered Clint another nomination as director and "Flags" scored a few technical nods.
Now, in 2008, it looks like Mr. Eastwood's name will be present on voter's ballots once again as he unveils not one, but two buzzworthy films in the end of the seaon. "Changeling," his 1930s missing person drama with Angelina Jolie, debuts in two weeks and is said to boost its leading lady into the top tier of Best Actress hopefuls. Then, in December, Clint returns to his hallmark role of Dirty Harry for the vigilante franchise's sixth installment, "Gran Turino."
Given the director's Midas touch, the automotive-infused "GT" has people not only talking but adding it to their preemptive Oscar tallies for Best Picture. Given Eastwood's age, the very real possibility of this being his final starring role has those same folks penciling him in for a spot as Best Actor. And given his recent track record, YourMovieBuddy thinks they're onto something.