Artist, Spencer, Davis, Clooney likely picks to win Oscar Awards on Sunday night
Look to The Help, The Artists, Beginners and The Descendants to be the movies walking away with the big awards in Sunday night's Oscars on ABC.
Love them, hate them or hope to ignore them, the hype for Sunday night's Oscars is practically inescapable.
But who will walk away as Best Picture, Best Actress or Best Supporting Actor. Perhaps more importantly, who will be snubbed?
The Oscars air on ABC starting at 7 ET on Sunday.
Kristen Meinzer, culture producer for the Takeaway, said for Best Supporting Actress, Melissa McCarthy of "Bridesmaids" would be the best choice.
"I think it could happen," Meinzer said. "She stole that movie."
Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday, said while he loves McCarthy, she doesn't have "a snowball's chance" of the award.
"I think it's going to be Octavia Spencer in 'The Help.'" Guzman said. "She was also kind of a comedic character in that movie. People loved her. I think this is her award."
Other Best Supporting Actress nominees include: Berenice Bejo, "The Artist"; Jessica Chastain, "The Help"; and Janet McTeer, "Albert Nobbs".
In Best Supporting Actor, Guzman said Christopher Plummer's role in "Beginners" will most likely take home the Oscar.
"He's 82 years old. He's never won an Oscar. He's playing a gay role, which I think the Oscar voters are going to like," Guzman said. "I think when you're 82-years-old and you've never had an Oscar and you've been around for that long, they want to give you a statue."
Guzman said Kenneth Banagh, however, for his role in "My Week With Marilyn" was his preferred winner in the category.
"I think he's great in that movie," he said.
Others nominated in the category include Jonah Hill, "Moneyball"; Nick Nolte, "Warrior"; and Max Von Sydow, "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close".
Meinzer lamented the quality of the Best Actress category this year. The only standout, she said, was Viola Davis, for her leading role in "The Help."
"She's outstanding in that film," Meinzer said.
Guzman agreed that she is the most likely winner, but said if it were his choice, he'd give the award to Meryl Streep for her performance in "The Iron Lady."
"Even though "The Iron Lady" was not a very good movie, I thought she was really great," Guzman said. "But, I think this is Viola Davis' year."
Also nominated in the category were Glenn Close, "Albert Nobbs"; Rooney Mara, "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"; and Michelle Williams, "My Week With Marilyn".
The Best Actor category is a heavyweight category, especially compared with the other top individual awards. Guzman, though, said George Clooney is the one most likely to come out on top, for his role in "The Descendants."
"People really liked that film. I think Hollywood likes to see a movie start do a serious acting job. I think it's going to be his award," Guzman said.
Meinzer, however, said Jean Dujardin's performance in "The Artist" was most likely to walk away a winner. And with good reason — he won a Screen Actors' Guild award for best actor. SAG awards are usually a strong predictor of Oscar success.
"There's tons of buzz around him," Meinzer said. "While I think "The Artist" was a very mediocre movie in my opinion, I think most people disagree."
Also nominated were Demian Bichir, "A Better Life"; Gary Oldman, "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"; and Brad Pitt, "Moneyball".
The most crowded category is Best Picture, where nine films are vying for top billing.
Guzman, though, said there's one movie that far-and-away stands out from the crowd: "The Artist."
"There's nobody right now who would be putting their money on anything but "The Artist," Guzman said. "I do think "The Descendants" has a distant shot of an upset, could happen, but I think it's going to be "The Artist."
Meinzer agreed, though saying she wished "The Help," which is also nominated, would take the award.
Other nominees include "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"; "Hugo"; "Midnight in Paris"; "Moneyball"; "War Horse"; and "The Tree of Life."
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