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February 19, 2013

CALLERI: Controversy surrounds the Oscars as Hollywood prepares for its big night


Niagara Gazette — The numbers aside, the Oscars are still a riveting must-see for many and a guilty pleasure for some. There are those who say they don’t care, but I think they do. Who will win this year?

Nine movies have been nominated for best picture. I would be very happy if one of these films won: “Amour,” “Beasts Of The Southern Wild,” “Django Unchained,” or “Life Of Pi.” As for “Argo” and “Zero Dark Thirty,” they are good, not great; both a bit repetitive. As “Lincoln” unreeled, it became boring. It also ignored the contributions of Black Americans to the abolition of slavery. Although I enjoyed “Silver Linings Playbook,” its over-hyped appeal escapes me. Watching “Les Miserables” was like being tortured with a camera an inch from my face. “Argo” has the momentum and will win.

The best actress Oscar race is between Emmanuelle Riva for “Amour” and Jennifer Lawrence for “Silver Linings Playbook.” I would be thrilled if Quvenzhane Wallis won for “Beasts Of The Southern Wild.” I want Riva to win, but the momentum favors Lawrence.

The best actor award will go to Daniel Day-Lewis for inventing a voice for Abraham Lincoln. The guy who should have won, John Hawkes for “The Sessions,” wasn’t even nominated, which is a disgrace.

All of the supporting actor nominees have won before in this category. I think Christoph Waltz deserves a second Oscar for playing the bounty hunter in “Django Unchained.” Robert De Niro was terrific in “Silver Linings Playbook,” and he’d be a good winner, too. (He also has a best actor award.) Tommie Lee Jones in “Lincoln” let the awful wig he wore do the acting for him. He bored me. But, Jones is leading the pack.

For supporting actress, Anne Hathaway seems to have a lock on the award because she lost weight and sings to screeching heights in the tediously overwrought “Les Miserables.” I would prefer Helen Hunt winning for “The Sessions.”

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