The wait is almost over: The 85th Annual Academy Awards will be presented Sunday night on ABC.
Seth MacFarlane hosts the star-studded affair, and I’m sure Stewie, Ted and those crazy characters from “Family Guy” will make appearances.
I’m not as excited this year, since I have not seen most of the nominated movies — and I assume you haven’t, either.
Most of the films have only been in limited release until now. I still have favorites and picking the winners is easy most years. Many times there are clear favorites that dominate the categories, much like “Titanic” did, but that’s not the case this time. I think the Oscars will be much like this year’s Grammys, when awards were evenly distributed among several worthy nominees.
Let’s see how this could play out Sunday night.
Nominees include Bradley Cooper (“Silver Linings Playbook”), Daniel Day-Lewis (“Lincoln”), Hugh Jackman (“Les Miserables”), Joaquin Phoenix (“The Master”) and Denzel Washington (“Flight”).
I think Abraham Lincoln was cloned and the result is Daniel Day-Lewis. CNN didn’t exist back in the day so we don’t really know how Lincoln could have sounded or moved, but Day-Lewis convinced me. I am in awe of both Day-Lewis and Lincoln. This is almost certain to be a third Oscar win for Day-Lewis. Jackman is the only one who could potentially throw a wrench into it.
This year the oldest and the youngest to be nominated are in the same category. Quvenzhane Wallis (“Beasts Of The Southern Wild”) is only 9 and Emmanuelle Riva (“Amour”) is 85. Joining them are Jennifer Lawrence (“Silver Linings Playbook”), Naomi Watts (“The Impossible”) and Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty”).
Watts’ performance is a compelling one, but this is truly between Lawrence and Chastain, despite the history-making performances of Wallis and Riva.
I’m going to go out on a limb and go with Chastain, simply because her body of work is so versatile and it may be her time.
Best Supporting Actor
Nominees include Tommy Lee Jones (“Lincoln”), Robert DeNiro (“Silver Linings Playbook”), Christoph Waltz (“Django Unchained”), Alan Arkin (“Argo”) and Phillip Seymour Hoffman (“The Master”).
This is the toughest category, in my opinion. All these guys are great at what they do. But my instincts telling me it’s DeNiro’s turn.
Best Supporting Actress
Nominees include Anne Hathaway (“Les Miserables”), Sally Field (“Lincoln”), Helen Hunt (“The Sessions”), Amy Adams (“The Master”) and Jacki Weaver (“Silver Linings Playbook”). All are deserving, and as much as I would like to see Field add another Oscar to the shelf, this one is surely for Hathaway.
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This category has been the talk of the entertainment biz and not because of who got nominated, but rather, who didn’t. Nominees are all impressive, leading off with Steven Spielberg (“Lincoln”), Ang Lee (“Life Of Pi”), Michael Haneke (“Amour”), David O. Russell (“Silver Linings Playbook”) and Benh Zeitlin (“Beasts Of The Southern Wild”).
Spielberg was genius in bringing Lincoln to life on the big screen, but has not been recognized for this work from any of the previous film awards, including the Golden Globes and Screen Actor Guild awards — that honor has been given to Ben Affleck, who for some reason was overlooked for an Oscar.
Not to say Spielberg shouldn’t win, I just think he would have had a more difficult time beating Affleck than perhaps the 13th Amendment had in getting passed.
Affleck may get the last laugh when it comes to Best Picture. “Argo” is nominated for the top honor against “Amour,” “Beasts Of The Southern Wild,” “Django Unchained,” “Les Miserables,” “Life Of Pi,” “Lincoln,” “Silver Linings Playbook” and “Zero Dark Thirty.”
In other years I could see “Lincoln” sweeping the awards, including Best Picture, but not this time. I believe “Argo” will take the night’s top award.
I do see myself watching all the nominated films as they become released on DVD. What film do you think should win for Best Picture?
David T. Farr is a Sturgis, Mich., Journal correspondent. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find The Farr Side on Facebook.