This should be fairly straightforward. Besides my husband thinks I should write shorter posts. How’s this, dear?
Actor in a Supporting Role
It’s a fairly green field.
Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips). Too green, and too raw.
Bradley Cooper (American Hustle). He seems to be doing the same drill as in his Oscar-nominated role for 2012’s Silver Linings Playbook.
Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave). Who? Oh him. Steve McQueen’s pet actor. This is the third full-length feature McQueen has directed and Fassbender has starred in all three. Problem is: He’s not Jared Leto.
Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street). I’m rooting for him (this is his second nomination as sidekick). But he’s not Jared Leto enough, either.
Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club). BINGO. Works for me.
My prediction & pick: Jared Leto
Here is a glimpse of Leto as the frontman for the band 30 Seconds to Mars. All of their music videos are produced like mini-movies. He is dreamy and, guess what? Apparently not transgender.
Actress in a supporting role
Three of the five gals are new to the Oscar pool, while this is Julia Roberts’ fourth nomination (she won once for her leading role in “Erin Brockovich”) and Jennifer Lawrence’s third nod (she also won a leading role Oscar, last year for “Silver Linings Playbook”). I’m canceling both veterans out. It’s a race among newbies.
Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine). She is my one curveball. I like her, I really like her … I kinda like her better than Cate Blanchett, and I might be crazy enough to pick her. Anyone nominated can win, right? (I have to say I didn’t even realize she was British until I saw she narrated the animated short nominee “Room on the Broom.” That makes her doubly good.)
Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle). Love her work and her acceptance speeches, but not this time, chica.
Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave). Smart money is on her, but no betting.
Julia Roberts (August: Osage County). Could happen. But I like living dangerously, at least in one catty category.
June Squibb (Nebraska). Her performance was a bit cultish. And every time I see her I think of Janet Yellen.