Daniel Day Lewis is at his best as the former president in Spielberg’s new film about the abolition of slavery. Although at times desperately slow with much of the action taking place in the House of Representatives and other scenes (such as Lincoln’s death) are far too rushed, it may disappoint Spielberg fans but the outstanding acting from Day-Lewis and Sally Fields makes up for any boredom.
We’re getting a bit closer to the bigger categories here, now is the turn of Actress in a Supporting Role:
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
Your University’s newspaper has now been distributed around campus – but what, I wonder, is the theme for The Rabbit Film Section this week?
You will have the delights to read all of our finest content from our best writers. There’s an article on James Bond, an insight in to the people behind the camera, and some reviews of some of the films which are up for Oscar nominations/.
For any film fan, The Oscars are the highlight of the year, a culmination of some of the years biggest and best films, a chance to recognise some of the best talent around. Of course, for everyone else there is the element of style, glamour and a chance to see their favourite star getting the recognition they deserve.
The Oscars are announced on the 24th February 2013.
Naomi Jeffreys, Film Editor