The Nominees: Jackie Weaver ‘Silver Linings Playbook’; Helen Hunt ‘The Sessions’; Amy Adams ‘The Master’; Anne Hathaway ‘Les Miserables’ and Sally Field ‘Lincoln’.
OK, this category contains a decent set of nominees. To be fair, there wasn’t plenty of competition, and out of all the acting categories, it is probably the weakest. The likes of Judi Dench for ‘Skyfall’, Maggie Smith for ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ and Shirley Maclaine for ‘Bernie’ all took a claim, but the final list more or less made sense.
One performance, however, stood out for me as having been snubbed by all of the awards bodies, so maybe it’s just me, and that is Doona Bae’s performance as Sonmi-451 in ‘Cloud Atlas’. Her bit was the best in ‘Cloud Atlas’ in my opinion and her performance was haunting.
Who Should Win: Sally Field ‘Lincoln’. I’m really hoping Sally Field gets her third Oscar here, her performance in ‘Lincoln’ was near perfect, to exude that pain and near madness that pain brings yet still having to put on a face and stand by her husband, which is what Mary Todd Lincoln had to go through, was very moving. Her exchanges with Daniel Day Lewis are fascinating, and for me Sally Field has immortalized the image of Mary Todd Lincoln as much as Day Lewis has done for Honest Abe.
Who Will Win: Anne Hathaway ‘Les Miserables’. And, ladies and gentlemen, here we have the most overrated performance in recent memory. I’m a fan of Hathaway, She’s a terrific actress, but her role here is so reduced and revolves around that one brilliant song, and it isn’t really that awesome. I’m pretty much sure Hathaway will win, and I still don’t know why.
Yazen Al Samen