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February 23, 2013

Our experts' Oscar picks



The Daily Star’s panel couldn’t agree on the supporting actor and actress categories, proving Golden’s point that 2013 is “a mixed-up year for the awards season.”

For Golden, the winner should be Philip Seymour Hoffman in “The Master,” which Golden described as “a movie nobody saw.” Despite being up against such heavyweights as Robert De Niro and Tommy Lee Jones, Hoffman stood out to Golden, he said, because “I just felt that (Lee and De Niro) were playing characters they have played many times before.”

But for D’Imperio, De Niro’s role in “Silver Linings Playbook” was instrumental to the movie’s success.

“Without his presence, the film would have lost its emotional depth,” he wrote.

And for Stillman, Tommy Lee Jones’ portrayal of Rep.  Thaddeus Stevens “was by far the best performance by a supporting actor. ... In “Lincoln”, he gives us a pivotal glimpse into a historical character whose actions helped to change the course of history.”

McVey’s choice of Christoph Waltz was tinged with regret at what she described as a dying breed of actor.

“I think actors as genuinely eloquent and likable as Waltz are dwindling greatly, and that is why it is so refreshing to see someone like him doing so well in such parts,” she wrote.


Anne Hathaway (in “Les Mis”) and Sally Field (in “Lincoln”) split The Daily Star’s panel into two camps.

Rooting for Hathaway are McVey and Golden, with the latter pegging the young actress’ performance as one of the few standouts of the lot.

“I’m not typically a big Hathaway fan, but I was blown away,” McVey wrote. “No one could outdo that performance this year.”

While Stillman and D’Imperio agreed that Field was their choice for this award, the two saw the performance differently. For Stillman, the role of Mary Todd Lincoln was another example of Field playing a character “at odds with her persona,” demonstrating her superior talents as an actress. But for D’Imperio, it was Field’s own warmth that humanized the character “that today is seen as more of a cartoon than a real person,” he wrote.

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