Monday, February 18, 2013

Oscar in 6 Days - Best Supporting

Here are some tough predictions!  All of them were really fine performances.

    Best Supporting Actress
  • Amy Adams – The Master
    • I hated this film so much that I hope it wins nothing, but I think the competition is just too tough for it to happen for Adams.
  • Sally Field – Lincoln
    • I LOVED her, I really loved her. Her performance as Mary Todd Lincoln really does support DDL's great Lincoln as a wife on the edge.  If she gets it, I would not be disappointed. 
  • Anne Hathaway – Les Misérables
    • Here is the odds on favorite.  She won the Golden Globe.  Her performance here is stunning and musically delightful. She sends the story forth with real class for a consumptive pathetique.
  • Helen Hunt – The Sessions 
    • OK.  Be fifty and get naked on screen. That's gutsy and she is so beautiful in this role, inside and out.  The fact that John Hawkes was passed over as a nominee and Hunt was clearly pushed into the supporting category to get her in is really too bad.  A seemingly "easy" role reveals a wonderful actress.
  • Jacki Weaver – Silver Linings Playbook
    • LOVED THIS MOVIE!  Have I said that before?  Weaver is delightful and holds here own with Robert De Niro.  'Nuf said.  But not 'nuf to win.
It's really between Hathaway and Hunt.  There have been ties before. I would be delighted.

Should Win:  Anne Hathaway
Will Win:  Anne Hathaway   

Best Supporting Actor
  • Alan Arkin – Argo
    • This movie is clearly a favorite of Hollywood and with good reason. Arkin is always a delight.
  • Robert De Niro – Silver Linings Playbook
    • Wasn't nominated in the Globes, just not a stunning performance. De Niro was, well De Niro.
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master
    • HATED THIS .... oh yeah.  You know.  Here's an interesting twist.  Hoffman (Hometown guy) was in he title role and if he was to be nominated it should have been for best actor.  (Is there a percent of dialogue or on screen formula for this?)  His performance was not as strong as Phoenix, but he was as disturbing.  But let's hope this movie just goes away.
  • Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln
    • Here is a great performance by a great performer.  Brilliant.
  • Christoph Waltz – Django Unchained
    • OK... as you will see below, I just don't get it.  But he did win a Globe.  Hmmmm. 
Even thought I HATED THE MASTER.... Anyone could win this.
I must predict...

Should Win:  Samuel L. Jackson
What?  We wasn't nominated and Waltz was?  I made it to the end of Django (no mean task) and realized that Samuel L. Jackson was in the credits but not in the movie!  His shuffling Uncle Tom character was such an amazing shift for him (and the movie beat me up so badly) that I did not know it was him.  Now that's acting!

Should Win:  Tommy Lee Jones
Will Win:  Tommy Lee Jones   

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