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DAY-LEWIS AND CHASTAIN. Award-worthy portrayals in “Lincoln” and “Zero Dark Thirty,” respectively.

While the Razzies are still mulling over who among Katherine Heigl, Milla Jovovich, Kristen Stewart, Barbra Streisand, Tyler Perry, Nicolas Cage, Eddie Murphy, Adam Sandler and Robert Pattinson “deserve” to take home Golden Raspberry trophies for Worst Performances last year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is getting ready to hand over Hollywood’s most coveted golden statuettes for the industry’s over-achievers at the glitzy Oscar Awards on Feb. 24 (morning of Feb. 25 in the Philippines).

After watching all the nominees for this year’s derby (thanks for “Amour” and “The Master,” Tcel), we polled 40 of Tinseltown’s award-giving bodies to see who’s ahead in the race. Unfortunately, one of the most crucial matches will not even be seen at the Oscars on Monday!

So far, the Best Director race has been a two-way duel between Ben Affleck (“Argo,”  our pick) and Kathryn Bigelow (“Zero Dark Thirty”), with eight wins each. Ironically, neither of them made it to the Academy’s five-nominees list! Their films have won 13 awards to date, while Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” could only muster three nods.

Tom Hooper, who helmed the screen version of the celebrated stage musical, “Les Miserables,” was also snubbed. If any of Affleck, Bigelow and Hooper’s movies would snag the top prize, it’ll go down in history as the Best Picture winner that directed itself!

Spielberg has one win, while Ang Lee (“Life of Pi”) and David O. Russell (“Silver Linings Playbook”) have two each. Behn Zeitlin (“The Beasts of Southern Wild”) and Michael Haneke (“Amour”) complete the nominees’ circle.

Closest competitor

For Best Actor, Daniel Day-Lewis is unbeatable as the 16th president of the United States. For his crackerjack portrayal, the actor has won almost every accolade there is, amassing 30 awards so far!

His closest competitors are “The Master’s” Joaquin Phoenix (four wins) and “Silver Linings Playbook’s” Bradley Cooper (three). Denzel Washington (“Flight”) and Hugh Jackman (“Les Miserables”) have one award each.

Anne Hathaway is also set to grab her first Oscar (for Best Supporting Actress) for her stirring turn as the tragic Fantine in “Les Miserables.” With “only” five wins, it’ll be hard for Sally Field (as Lincoln’s disturbed wife, Mary Todd, in Spielberg’s historical drama) to keep up with the younger actress’ 21-trophy haul.

The category’s other nominees are Jacki Weaver (“Silver Linings Playbook”), Amy Adams (“The Master”) and Helen Hunt (“The Sessions”).

The race for Best Supporting Actor is a three-way fight between Phillip Seymour Hoffman of “The Master” (11 wins), Tommy Lee Jones of “Lincoln” (10), and “Django Unchained’s” Christoph Waltz (seven), who should have been nominated in the Best Actor category.

We’d be happy if either Hoffman, who’s as charming as he is menacing as an L. Ron Hubbard-type cult leader, or the riveting Waltz, as a bounty-hunting dentist, goes home with the coveted prize. Completing the list are Alan Arkin (“Argo”) and Robert De Niro (“Silver Linings Playbook”), in his first Academy nomination in 21 years!

The Best Actress derby is even more exciting: Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty”) has won 17 awards to date, but among Jennifer Lawrence’s 14 accolades are crucial wins from the Screen Actors Guild, the LA Film Critics and the Golden Globes!

Naomi Watts is just as moving in “The Impossible,” Juan Antonio Bayona’s true-to-life drama about the 2004 Asian tsunami— but, Chastain deserves a hearty pat on the back, and the Oscar, for her pitch-perfect portrayal as a relentless CIA agent who tracks down Osama Bin Laden. Her formidable body of work also deserves a trophy!

If the Academy wants some novelty, it just might let its youngest (9-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis of “The Beasts of Southern Wild”) or oldest nominee (85-year-old Emmanuelle Riva of “Amour”) pull a surprise!

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  • AnastacioMamaril

    The reporter did not do his job. Ben Affleck is not nominated best director for Argo. Inquirer you better fire this guy.

    • Alex-Jon

      basahin mo mabuti, ikaw hindi nakaka-intindi!

    • Alex-Jon

      So far, the Best Director race has been a two-way duel between Ben Affleck (“Argo,” our pick) and Kathryn Bigelow (“Zero Dark Thirty”), with eight wins each. Ironically, neither of them made it to the Academy’s five-nominees list! Their films have won 13 awards to date, while Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” could only muster three nods.

    • Noredlac

      “So far, the Best Director race has been a two-way duel between Ben Affleck (“Argo,” our pick) and Kathryn Bigelow (“Zero Dark Thirty”), with eight wins each. Ironically, neither of them made it to the Academy’s five-nominees list! Their films have won 13 awards to date, while Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” could only muster three nods.”

      Mamaril, basahin mo mabuti. Kaw ang di nkkaintindi.

    • onip pino

      Ikaw ang dapat i-fire…as in barilin si Mamaril…basahin mo mabuti tsong—oooo!!!

    • mark brian v

      May katangahan din tong Mamaril na to. Gamitin kasi muna ang utak bago dumakdak. This is a blatant example of plain and simple idiocy.

  • Noredlac

    sori postmaster, may nagpost n pla same reaction to mamaril.

  • riza888

    My gut says that Affleck along with fellow Argo producers will walk away with Best Picture. And also that those same voters will feel guilty for essentially inviting Lincoln to prom and then dumping him for another date, so they’ll award Best Director to Spielberg as consolation prize.

  • tessa

    This article about the Oscars has been diligently researched; the wins from the different important award giving bodies have been thoroughly collated, not to mention that the writer has taken it upon himself to watch EVERY nominated entry yet this moronic Mamaril pushes for the writer to get fired? Are you brain challenged, Anastacio Mamaril? 

    Some dingbats go at it without thinking, don’t they? Wag pong isiwalat ang kaBOBOhan!  

  • saigonbabe

    The writer, who also happens to an editor of this section, has not only done his job BUT has always been doing his job, and to note a very fine and excellent one at that, since the time he worked for PDI. I don’t think you would find any other writer who’s as well versed as him, not to mention the fact that he’s both immersed and a practitioner in various fields of the entertainment industry.

    Thing is we can’t help people (case in point Mr. Mamaril) from reacting without fully understanding the entire context of things and as well, without considering the repercussion of their actions, hence his blatantly embarrassing erroneous imposition for which he has already been called for, as well the absurdly ignorant, imbecilic and laughable demand for this reputable daily to dismiss this distinguished editor for which I would assume, considering both the readership of the writer and the reach of the broadsheet, the world is already either crucifying him for or making his ignorance well known and mocked over brunch or lunch and dinner for that matter.

    May this serve as a lesson to think and re-think before we post or say something…not to impose that you don’t have the freedom to express your own opinion as we all co-exist in a free world but it would be best to be intelligible about such things.

    As Filipinos, our individual actions allow us to represent the country…let’s not repeat the same mindless mistake some have already made and not learn from it. I believe Mr. Mamaril has been chastised enough (considering that he isn’t too thick skinned or daft enough to realize the negative comments and insults thrown at him).

    Mr. Mamaril, I believe a sincere, humble and heartfelt apology would do you good and at the very least, help you redeem yourself. It’s the least you could do…

    @yahoo-CLR3RIL5WCV3UHMUMKW64BCUQU:disqus @riza888 I agree with you both…this should have been Ben’s year but I would give a big hurrah for Argo…I’m a Spielberg fan but David O. Russel would be a surprise and deserving win…Monday would be off to great start then ;-)

  • David

    The Oscar is politics, too. So the winner will be the one most actor-voters would go for.

  • Lloyd

    Why Tommy Lee Jones should win.
    Well, first and foremost, he gave the best performance.
    But since that is often not enough, let’s look at other reasons since the Academy has been known to do so.
    It’s insane that he was overlooked for a Lead Actor nomination for Hope Springs, playing the most loveable curmudgeon since Henry Fonda in On Golden Pond. He went through a real change in that movie and it was rewarding to see him so tender in the end. The range he showed in that movie right there was worthy of every Oscar.
    He was overlooked for a Lead Actor nom for Coal Miner’s Daughter 33 years ago. Ridiculous.
    He’s been overlooked many times and many forget he was underrated for many years until The Fugitive finally brought him the superstardom he deserved. Watch Blue Sky, River Rat, Back Roads, Heaven and Earth, ETC. not to mention tv films like Broken Vows and Gotham, and you will see a completely different Tommy Lee Jones than the famous barker many wrongly think of him as being.
    He is without question up there with De Niro and Pacino as one of our very finest actors. He all too often gets ignored to this day when people think of our greatest.
    He is an old looking 66 and doesn’t look well. He might not have many great performances left in him.
    He got clobbered – unfairly – for that grumpy look at the Golden Globes. Anybody who watched the lower left of their screen could see long shots of him sitting up front with a pleasant look on his face for most of the night. He smiled, applauded, and even grinned with his head in his hand when he obviously wasn’t feeling well. On CBS they said De Niro should beat him because Jones is a sourpuss – well, since when is Bobby De Niro Mr. Sunshine?

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