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February 19, 2008

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.

Best Actress

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.



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  • So "The Dark Knight" didn't make it into the final five after all, never mind that critical and popular support. Let's just call the comic-inspired mega-hit "The Biggest Snubee."

    Here are the best picture contenders in a race that, two weeks away from the Oscars, seems to be a foregone conclusion ("Slumdog") unless there's a come-from-behind possibility ("The Reader" anyone?)

    "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett; the politically timely "Milk;" rags-to-riches fairy tale, "Slumdog Millionaire," Holocaust best-seller-based drama "The Reader," and Watergate-era biopic "Frost/Nixon."

    Could "Button" and "Slumdog" split the vote, allowing another film to take the prize? Doesn't seem likely. After having clung to "Button" for months as what we thought would be the Academy voters' top vhoice, our money's now on "Slumdog." Momentum can't be ignored.

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