Short attention span predictions, part deux
Time for more ADD predictions, though not sure if we can be as clipped in our assessment of best supporting actor and actress as we were previously with the top acting races.
Couple reasons -- a) herein lies one of the only real contests of the whole Oscar shebang -- best actress, and b) we'll need a little room to prattle on about who we think should've been in the actor category and instead got completely dissed. We'll try not to be too verbose, but don't expect no couplet either.
Best Supporting Actor
Nominees: Casey Affleck, Javier Bardem, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Hal Holbrook, Tom Wilkinson
First, allow us to vent. So, no Ben Foster from "3:10 to Yuma"? For shame. Or, consider Russell Crowe the lead in that superb Western and call Christian Bale the No. 2 guy? Why not? Or how about this -- Andy Griffith for "Waitress," perhaps one of the sweetest (not saccharine) performances of the year? Tommy Lee Jones, outgunned in the best actor race, should've been here for his restrained and moving lawman in "No Country for Old Men."
That said, we'll face facts and join the chorus in praising the frontrunner. We'd be happy with Hal Holbrook or Tom Wilkinson, but it's not to be. Bardem will continue blazing this trail. No question.
Nominees: Cate Blanchett, Ruby Dee, Saoirse Ronan, Amy Ryan, Tilda Swinton
There are reasons, good ones, for each of these hugely talented actresses to win (personal preference: Tilda Swinton).
Here's who will win: Ruby Dee.
This isn't the movie ("American Gangster") and this wasn't the performance (all too brief), but she deserves to be rewarded for a lifetime of superb work. We would've rather seen it happen for "Do The Right Thing" (or even "Jungle Fever") but it didn't. The Academy will make up for previous oversights here.