Good morning from Hollywood!
I’ve arrived in Los Angeles for my coverage of the 85th annual Academy Awards and, for the second year in a row, I got a dose of celebrity before my plane ever left the ground in Philadelphia. Last year, Joan Rivers was nestled into the first class section of my flight. This year, it was “Curb Your Enthusiasm” actress Cheryl Hines.
Today, I hope to get my first look at the Oscars red carpet area (minus the red carpet, which has yet to be rolled out) and you can see the photos right here on XFINITY.com.
Of course, the question all movie fans are asking this week is: Who is going to win the Oscar? And every day this week, I’ll be picking my winners in each of the major acting categories, plus Best Director and Best Picture categories.
There are few easy and clear-cut winners in any of these categories. For example, the Best Supporting Actress category, in which the nominees are Amy Adams (“The Master”), Sally Field (“Lincoln”), Anne Hathaway (“Les Miserables”), Helen Hunt (“The Sessions”) and Jacki Weaver (“Silver Linings Playbook”).
We can start by eliminating Adams and Hunt. I wasn’t as blown away by “The Master” as many critics were, and Amy won’t get enough votes to get the win. “The Sessions” is one of my favorite movies of the year, and both Hunt and actor John Hawkes (who deserved a nomination) gave the most fearless performances of their careers. Unfortunately, Helen is fighting an uphill battle this year.
Sally Field gave a stirring performance as Mary Todd Lincoln, and she benefited greatly from acting opposite Daniel Day-Lewis. Obviously, the Academy loves Sally (she’s a two-time winner), and it’s possible she could pull off an upset. The same could be said for 65-year-old Aussie actress Jacki Weaver, who plays the doting “crabby snacks”-making mother in “Silver Linings Playbook.” Weaver was nominated in this category for the 2010 film “Animal Kingdom,” but fell short to “The Fighter” star Melissa Leo.
Unfortunately for these nominees, only one actress has a real shot at the little golden man: Anne Hathaway. In her role as factory-worker-turned-prostitute Fantine, Hathaway secured her Oscar win in only four minutes as she belted out the iconic “Les Miserables” song “I Dreamed a Dream.” This would not normally be an Oscar-worthy feat, but as is well documented, Anne and the rest of the “Les Mis” cast sang the musical numbers live as it was shot. The audio track you hear (complete with tears and snot), is exactly what came out of Anne’s mouth when she filmed the scene. And it was absolutely brilliant.
WHO SHOULD WIN: Anne Hathaway
WHO WILL WIN: Anne Hathaway
Expect an epic (and possibly cringe-inducing) speech from Hathaway, as this would be her first Oscar win. She was nominated for Best Actress in 2008 for her performance in “Rachel Getting Married.” She lost to Kate Winslet, who won for “The Reader.”
That’s all for now. Keep checking back with the XFINITY Movie Blog to keep up with my adventures in Hollywood, and check out yesterday’s Oscars Diary (Day 1) for an easy five-step plan to get you caught up on the world of cinema before Oscars Sunday.
For more Oscars coverage, be sure to check out the XFINITY Awards Season special.
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