The Academy Awards presentation of this year’s Oscar for Best Supporting Actress may provide the first glimpse into how the night may flow for ‘Lincoln’ fans. This category typically sits in the clean-up spot following the lead-off hitter and a pair of other awards in the Cinematography, Best Art Direction or Costume Design fields. Therefore, within the first 2 commercial breaks we should hear the names of this year’s Best Support Actress nominees:
Amy Adams – The Master
Sally Field - Lincoln
Anne Hathaway - Les Miserables
Helen Hunt - The Sessions
Jacki Weaver - Silver Linings Playbook
I’m a huge ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ fan and while Jacki Weaver’s character did a wonderful job supporting her son and husband, her role was too diminished and overshadowed by excellence from Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro and Jennifer Lawrence.
The heavy favorite is Anne Hathaway for her solemn singing and emaciated performance in 'Les Miserables'. Although my first thought of Hathaway remains of a catsuit and 6-inch heels, her versatility of roles over the past few years has made her the girl to beat in this category. A win here for Hathaway is expected and should that occur the Academy Awards show hums along at a steady, standard pace.
If the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hands the Oscar statuette to Sally Field for her portrayal of worrisome Mrs. Lincoln it’s going to be a long night...perhaps even longer than it took President Lincoln to garner votes for the 13th Amendment. A Sally Field acceptance speech will doom the evening chances for ‘Life of Pi’, ‘Silver Linings Playbook’, and ‘Les Miserables’. It will send the signal loud and clear to viewers that the rest of the 85th Academy Awards belong to Steven Spielberg and our 16th President.
However, the AMPAS voters may surprise us with a bold selection; Helen Hunt’s sex surrogate role in ‘The Sessions’ is hip, risque and unique enough to raise eyebrows and pulse rates. And she deserves it. Hunt’s performance was extraordinary and exposing. A Helen Hunt victory for Best Supporting Actress will blow the top off Oscar Night. All bets will be off. Game on.
Winner: Anne Hathaway