Is it cynical to look at the trailer for 'Winnie' and immediately wonder if stars Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard have Oscar on their minds? Sure, a bit. But let's not kid around: you don't sign up to play Nelson Mandela and Winnie Mandela in a movie without the thought at least flashing through your head.
'Smash' had a rough first season, but so do most shows when they're trying to find their footing - it's hard to name a great show where its first season isn't it's worst. The show has gone through a heavy makeover for season two, they've already removed hated characters and added new ones, and they've just made another smart decision: hiring Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson for a couple episode arc.
The last time a "fine artist" made the big transition to film, we watched Steve McQueen craft two great films ('Hunger' and 'Shame') with Michael Fassbender. If he can do it, why can't acclaimed painter, photographer and metal works artist Andrew Levitas? His directorial debut, 'Lullaby,' has already attracted a cast that screams "OSCAR!" at the tops of its lungs.