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Oscar hits and misses
February 25, 2013 - Mike Donahey
The 85th annual Academy Awards are history.
Film buff yours truly scored four out of seven on awards of interest.
I correctly called Daniel Day-Lewis (“Lincoln”) for best actor, Jennifer Lawrence (“Silver Linings Playbook”) for best actress, Ann Hathaway (“Les Miserables”) for best supporting actress and “Skyfall” for best song. I missed on best director, best film and best supporting actor. Director Ang Lee (“Life of Pi”) beat out my selection Steven Speilberg (“Lincoln”). Best film winner “Argo” beat my “Lincoln” and Christoph Walz (“Django Unchained”) won over my pick Robert De Niro (“Silver Linings Playbook”) for best actor in a supporting role.
I did not see all Oscar-nominated films, but did catch “Les Miserables” “Lincoln, “Silver Linings Playbook” and “Zero Dark Thirty.”
Don’t be surprised to see Jennifer Lawrence nominated and win again and again ... she is the second coming of Meryl Streep. Hathaway will be a multiple winner as well. I’ll follow William Shatner’s lead and recommend Oscar show producers select Tina Fey and Amy Poehler — who successfully co-hosted the 2013 Golden Globe Awards — as co-hosts for the 2014 Oscars.
Trivia corner: George Clooney produced “Argo” and consequently, became the person most nominated in the most Oscar categories — best actor, best supporting actor (a win in “Syriana”) best original screenplay, best adapted screenplay and best director. Day-Lewis won his third Oscar for his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln — what a challenging role — everyone seemingly has an opinion of what Lincoln must have been like. Day-Lewis previously won best actor in “There Will Be Blood” and “My Left Foot.” He’s the only male thespian in Oscar history to earn three wins in the best actor category.
And finally ... congratulations to director Ben Affleck for "Argo." It doesn't seem that long ago he was the punch-line for jokes about his relationship with Jennifer Lopez and their respective roles in the mega-bomb "Gigli.""Affleck's Comeback Complete" was a headline Monday in the Boston Globe — his hometown newspaper.