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February 24, 2013

He says, they say: Our critic makes his picks for Oscars

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BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Alan Arkin, “Argo”

Robert De Niro, “Silver Linings Playbook”

Phillip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”

Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”

Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained”

WILL WIN: Robert De Niro

SHOULD WIN: Christoph Waltz

LEFT OUT: The rest of “Django Unchained”

Everyone’s raving about De Niro’s “comeback” performance in “Silver Linings Playbook.” And it is a very, very good performance that I think is enhanced by the fact De Niro hasn’t done anything remotely close to this in over a decade. Therefore, he’ll probably win. And yet, he’s no match to the brilliant performances of Phillip Seymour Hoffman in “The Master,” nor Christoph Waltz in “Django Unchained,” both of whom I think would be more fitting in the lead actor category. Oscar politics wouldn’t dare do that, however.

Speaking of which, where are the actual supporting performances from “Django,” most notably the evil turns of Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson as a ruthless plantation owner and his sycophantic right-hand man? Masterful performances unfortunately overlooked, but does it matter? De Niro made a comeback!

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Amy Adams, “The Master”

Sally Field, “Lincoln”

Anne Hathaway, “Les Misérables”

Helen Hunt, “The Sessions”

Jacki Weaver, “Silver Linings Playbook”

WILL WIN: Anne Hathaway

SHOULD WIN: Amy Adams

SHOULDN’T BE HERE: Helen Hunt

LEFT OUT: Kerry Washington

So I still haven’t gotten around to seeing that movie about the singing, miserable people; but from what I’ve heard, Anne Hathaway really nails her big musical number. The Oscars love big theatrics and will probably award Hathaway the trophy, even though she deserved it years ago for her moving turn in “Rachel Getting Married.” But Oscars will pay their dues, giving Hathaway the trophy and shutting out another actress who has been nominated many times without a win, Amy Adams.

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