David Onda’s Oscars Diary: Day 3

Christian Bale grasps his Oscar (Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty)

I’m only three days away from my trip to California to cover the Academy Awards.

All weekend long, follow my adventures via the Movie Blog, Twitter and YouTube. I’ll be posting news, notes, photos, videos and many more features from Hollywood until the break of dawn Monday morning. If you’re looking for a behind-the-scenes peek at what happens in Tinseltown on Oscar weekend, stick with me.

It all leads up to the big event on Sunday, February 26. Join me and other XFINITY entertainment editors for a live Oscars chat beginning at 7 p.m. EST. I’ll be sending notes and observations from the red carpet before heading backstage to interview the Oscar winners from the Press Room.

One of the stars I’m looking forward to seeing the most is Kenneth Branagh. The 51-year-old Irish actor is nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in “My Week with Marilyn.” Also nominated (left to right below) are Jonah Hill (“Moneyball”), Nick Nolte (“Warrior”), Christopher Plummer (“Beginners”) and Max von Sydow (“Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”).

If you haven’t seen these films, it’s not too late to catch up – three of the five are now available on XFINITY On Demand.

Yesterday, I gave my predictions for Best Supporting Actress. As far as Best Supporting Actor goes, Branagh is easily my pick for who should win the Oscar. “Marilyn” was probably my favorite movie of the year next to a few others (see my pick for Best Picture later this week). The actor was brilliant as Sir Laurence Olivier, who had his hands full with buxom starlet Marilyn Monroe on the set of his 1957 film “The Prince and the Show Girl.”

However, history seems to shine brightest on Plummer, who won the Golden Globe in the Best Supporting Actor category. Eight of the last 10 actors to win the Globe have also gone on to win the Oscar. Additionally, this category loves to honor older actors as somewhat of an unofficial Lifetime Achievement Award. Winners over the last 20 years have included Jack Palance, Martin Landau, James Coburn, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Alan Arkin and the late Heath Ledger.

I don’t think Nick Nolte or Max von Sydow have a shot at the award (“Warrior” was mostly overlooked, “Extremely Loud” was critically panned) and Jonah Hill should not have been nominated. I enjoyed “Moneyball,” but didn’t find anything particularly moving or convincing about his performance.

I can easily think of two actors – John Hawkes for “Martha Marcy May Marlene” and Albert Brooks for “Drive” – who would have been better nominees.

WHO SHOULD WIN: Kenneth Branagh

WHO WILL WIN: Christopher Plummer

Finally for today, the list of 84th Academy Awards presenters has gotten extremely interesting. The Academy has announced 18 presenters so far (check them out here), but one non-sanctioned attendee will be actor Sacha Baron Cohen dressed as his alter ego from the upcoming movie “The Dictator.”

Sacha Baron Cohen in 'The Dictator' (Photo: Paramount)

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cohen plans to dress up as his character Admiral General Aladeen (seen above) for the ceremony, which actually forbids the advertising of movies (besides the ones nominated, of course) during the broadcast. That said, it is highly unlikely Cohen will make it to the red carpet dressed in anything but a tuxedo. I’ll see you at Men’s Wearhouse, Sacha.

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