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Friday, February 21, 2014

Rothman's Oscar Picks. Part One.

Unlike years past, this year I have seen every nominee an every film up for the major nominations.
So I'm not doing any guessing here.
These are my choices.
Not my predictions of who will win.
Only who I think should.

We'll begin with Best Supporting Actor:

Barkhad Abdi, "Captain Phillips"----He was quite convincing playing an African.  Being one might have helped.

Bradley Cooper, "American Hustle"---Way overshadowed by Christian Bale.

Michael Fassbender, "12 Years A Slave"---Nobody impressed me in this.   Including him.

Jonah Hill, "The Wolf of Wall Street"---Nothing I haven't seen him do before, except less gross than this.

Jared Leto, "Dallas Buyers Club"---Very impressive as a transgender.  I don't know enough about him to know what he is really like, but he scored well here.

A very thin selection to choose from .  If Paul Giamatti had been nominated for "Saving Mr. Banks", he'd easily get my vote.
As it stands, I'd give it to Jared Leto.

Best Supporting Actress: 

Sally Hawkins, "Blue Jasmine"---Way overshadowed by Cate Blanchette.  I barely noticed her.

Jennifer Lawrence, "American Hustle"---Just great.  Maybe this generation's Alec Guinness or Peter Sellers.  A total chameleon from role to role.  And great every time.
Lupita Nyong'o, "12 Years A Slave"---Very effective, and quite convincing playing an African.  Being one might have helped.

Julia Roberts, "August: Osage County"---Very powerful, very showy, but I think ultimately miscast.
Her role required someone older-looking and frumpier.
June Squibb, "Nebraska"---Wonderfully funny.  If the competition wasn't stiffer, she'd have my vote.

It has to be Jennifer Lawrence.  Hands down.

Next time, Best Actor, and Best Actress.


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Hi. I am, according to my Wikipedia entry,(which I did not create) a noted television writer, playwright, screenwriter, and occasional actor. You can Google me or go to the IMDB to get my credits, and you can come here to get my opinions on things, which I'll try to express eloquently. Hopefully I'll succeed. You can also e-mail me at Perhaps my biggest claim to fame is being responsible, for about six months in 1975, while Head Writer for the "Happy Days" TV series, for Americans saying to each other "Sit on it."