It’s that time of the year again, and although 2012 was far less spectacular in film than 2011, we at TCP think that this only accounts for a more interesting Oscars race (so many snubs, and so many “meh”s). An indie darling that had critics at Sundance raving snatches Best Picture and Best Actress nominations. A foreign-language film is competing at both the Best Picture and Best Foreign Language Picture levels.  A rom-com is nominated in all of the fore-running acting categories, as well as for Best Director and Best Picture.   Meanwhile, an epic musical and an epic presidential drama are both nominated, because this is the Oscars after all, and the Academy loves period pieces and presidents. Stay tuned for our picks and predictions for this year’s Academy Awards! 

Part I: Best Actress and Actor in Supporting Roles:

The nominees for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role are:anne-hathaway-fantine-les-miserables-c-universal2-crop

Amy Adams for The Master
Sally Field forLincoln
Anne Hathaway for Les Misérables
Helen Hunt  for  The Sessions
Jacki Weaver for Silver Linings Playbook

I don’t even think there is any competition in this category.  All the ladies were great (Amy Adams, you are such a class act), but Anne Hathaway’s performance as Fantine in Les Misérables was everything it should have been and more. Heart wrenching to the point of sending goosebumps down your spine, Hathaway’s rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” will go down in the books. She was on screen for a little over 20 minutes, but her thrilling performance set the entire tone of the film, and made its way into our hearts forever. – Radina Papukchieva

If there is a category that is 100% confirmed at this year’s Academy Awards, it is this one. Anne Hathaway has been receiving accolades for her portrayal of Fantine in Tom Hooper’s musical Les Misérables before any Screen Actors’ Guild and Golden Globe awards were given out. I think Amy Adams is incredible, and she will win an Oscar one year; she has been nominated three times before in this category (Junebug, Doubt, The Fighter). Her turn in The Master will certainly not be her last. But no one stands a chance against Hathaway. She has earned this win.  — Chris Hanna

Absolutely agree with my colleagues on this one, there is no doubt that Hathaway will be going home clutching a little golden man. The young girl who once played Princess Mia in Disney’s The Princess Diaries has come a long way. I’m already looking forward to her Oscar speech. Not only is Hathaway multi-talented, but she is also classy, well-spoken, and humble. This is only the beginning of what promises to be a diverse and rewarding career. – Sophia Loffreda

christoph-waltz-django-unchainedThe nominees for Best Actor in a Supporting Role are:

Alan Arkin for Argo
Robert De Niro for Silver Linings Playbook
Philip Seymour Hoffman for The Master
Tommy Lee Jones for Lincoln
Christoph Waltz for Django Unchained

What a breath of fresh air, this category.  Every single one of the nominees has won an Oscar, or Oscars, before.  I think this year it should go to Robert De Niro for his turn as an obsessive-compulsive father in David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook.  It was refreshing to see him in a really good role after years of playing in sappy comedies and the occasional bad thriller. The last time the Academy gave him the Oscar was 33 years ago for Raging Bull, and the last time he was nominated was for 1991’s Cape Fear.  De Niro’s turn as Pat Sr. in Silver Linings Playbook was every bit the great actor we have come to know, and from all the cast nominated, he should be the one to win some gold for the movie.  – RP

In my opinion, this award is a toss-up between Tommy Lee Jones in Lincoln or Christoph Waltz (whose great work on Saturday Night Live this past weekend was great exposure for undecided last-minute voters) in Django Unchained. Alan Arkin (Argo) and Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master) round out the category with Robert De Niro, who I would love to see pull an upset and take home the award for his incredible work in Silver Linings Playbook. I’m gonna go with Waltz here, but I really want to be wrong. De Niro’s return to form should not go unnoticed. – CH

The buzz is that Waltz will take this one, which would make it his second win in two years for a Quentin Tarantino movie. I think he is absolutely brilliant, and having being blown away by his performance (every one of his performance, really), I’m not surprised. However, I will always have a soft spot for DeNiro. 33 years, people! Since then he has been nominated four times (Taxi Driver, Cape Fear, The Deer Hunter, Awakenings), but has also made painful comedies that are far beneath him (Meet the Fockers, New Years Eve). It would be wonderful to see him accept the Oscar and, as Hollywood royalty, the 69-year-old would receive a standing ovation. His turn in Silver Linings Playbook is great work. From his outbursts and physical threats, to his compulsive gambling and sporadic fatherly love, De Niro was flawless. His performance may not be the best of the year (Philip Seymour Hoffman’s performance in The Master should practically be studied in all acting schools), but it is by far the most memorable and for this, if the Academy chooses to be a little bit gutsy, he will be rewarded. –SL


Next up: Writing and Animation. 

By Radina Papukchieva and Chris Hanna
Twitter @Papukchieva and @Chris_Hanna

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