29 November 2013 12:27 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In awards consideration, a voter tries to be objective. But when any human watches a film or TV show, they bring along all their thoughts and feelings about life — and death.

By any standard, James Gandolfini’s performance in “Enough Said” is a gem. But it is hard to watch the film without occasionally thinking about his shocking death in June at age 51. Should those thoughts affect his awards chances? Absolutely not.

In conversations, many people have told me they like the film, but they almost never mention him. If I bring up Gandolfini’s name, they say “He’s wonderful, it’s so sad, isn’t it?” or something similar. People don’t like to be reminded of death, and I fear he is getting more pity than appreciation, as if his performance belongs in a different, lesser category.

I just hope everyone will consider his work with the »

- Tim Gray

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