David Onda’s 2013 Oscars Diary: Day 3

Christopher Plummer holds his Oscar (Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty)

Preparations for the 85th annual Academy Awards are in full swing here in Hollywood.

Yesterday, I trekked to the Hollywood and Highland Center where crews are working through the night to prepare the red carpet area for Oscars night. Get a sneak peek at the construction of the “red carpet” (before the carpet has been laid down) by clicking here. The carpet gets rolled out today at 8 a.m. PT. Follow me on Twitter @David_Onda for first photos of the event.

Update: The red carpet roll-out has been delayed, due in part to yesterday’s rain, which left Hollywood Blvd. a little damp. I did add new pictures here.

I also got to do some sightseeing along the Walk of Fame yesterday. It’s interesting to see which businesses each celebrity’s Walk of Fame star is placed in front of. Did you know Spencer Tracy‘s star is in front of a pizza parlor? Gene Autry‘s star is on the corner outside of a Popeye’s chicken restaurant. See if you can guess which businesses share sidewalk with Tinseltown legends by taking this exclusive trivia.

We’re now just four days away from the Academy Awards, and it’s time to explore another Oscars category: Best Supporting Actor.

This year’s nominees are Alan Arkin (“Argo“), Robert De Niro (“Silver Linings Playbook“), Philip Seymour Hoffman (“The Master“), Tommy Lee Jones (“Lincoln“) and Christoph Waltz (“Django Unchained“).

First of all, Waltz’s performance in “Django” is more of a leading role than a supporting role. And he’s wonderful in the film. Unfortunately, the movie, about a slave (Jamie Foxx) exacting revenge on a plantation owner, may have gained too much controversy this year to ultimately award any of the actors. After all, Quentin Tarantino was snubbed for directing it.

“The Master” had big heat when it first hit theaters, but the buzz has died down considerably — too much for Hoffman to pull off the victory. Also out of the running is Tommy Lee Jones, whose performance was good enough, but paled in comparison to Daniel Day-Lewis. I wasn’t crazy about Tommy in the role of Thaddeus Stevens. There was just too much “Tommy Lee Jones” in his performance, which featured many of the cantankerous grumblings we’ve come to expect from his recent roles. On more than one occasion, it took me right out of the film.

That leaves us with two viable winners: Arkin and De Niro. Without a doubt, “Silver Linings” features De Niro’s best performance (and movie in general) in the last 15 years. And the Academy loves to use the Best Supporting Actor category as somewhat of a Lifetime Achievement Award. Last year, 83-year-old Christopher Plummer took home the trophy for “Beginners.” Other recent winners have included Heath Ledger (posthumously) and Arkin, who won for “Little Miss Sunshine.” And with the awards season success “Argo” has had so far this year, it wouldn’t surprise me to see Arkin win it again.

WHO SHOULD WIN: Robert De Niro

WHO WILL WIN: Alan Arkin

Last night, I was lucky enough to attend the “Oscar Celebrates: Shorts” event at the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Los Angeles. Hosted by actor Jason Schwartzman, the event screened this year’s short film nominations and featured a Q&A with the directors of each film. I’ll have more fun facts from the event later today, but I wanted to give you a glimpse inside the amazing theater below. Enjoy!

Inside the Samuel Goldwyn Theater (Photo: David Onda)

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