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February 23, 2013

Our experts' Oscar picks

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For McVey, the everyday was more alluring than the distant or exotic, as she wrote in her pick for “Silver Linings Playbook.” 

“I think that evidence of a great film is when you are able to take the story and apply it to real life,” McVey wrote. “The characters’ battles with mental illness were ones much more relatable to me than being president of a nation or hunting down the world’s most wanted terrorist.”

BEST ACTOR

Daniel Day-Lewis’ portrayal of Abraham Lincoln reigned supreme for D’Imperio, Stillman and Golden, with Stillman noting that the 55-year-old British-Irish actor is “one of the best actors of our time” and D’Imperio calling it a “career-defining” role. Golden noted that it was one of the few acting performances that stood out from the crowd, but for McVey, Hugh Jackman’s turn in the musical “Les Miserables” was both moving and impressive. 

“Despite his appearances on Broadway, many people were unaware of Jackman’s singing abilities, and I think he thoroughly impressed in ‘Les Mis,’” McVey wrote. “And I know I was not the only one in the theater crying when his character finally died at the end of the film.”

BEST ACTRESS

The three men on The Daily Star’s panel were once again unanimous, selecting Jennifer Lawrence for her portrayal of what D’Imperio described as the “troubled yet lovable” Tiffany in “Silver Linings Playbook.” 

“Jennifer Lawrence has that rare ability to touch a viewer in ways that resonate with any person who has ever wanted something badly and through fate, never got it,” Stillman wrote. 

But for McVey, “Jessica Chastain’s role as Maya in ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ screamed ‘Oscar winner.’

“When asked where she would like to be taken, Maya pauses; she has nowhere to go — no friends, no family. Her work was her life. That’s when I knew Chastain deserved the award,” McVey wrote.

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