Supporting-actress virtual round table — should Anne Hathaway sing her acceptance speech?
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In our second Oscar round table, we tackle best-supporting actress. Before you can say Anne Hathaway will win for "Les Misérables," let's take a long, diaphragm-deep breath and scan the contenders. There's Sally Field catching the "Lincoln" wave in second, followed by "The Master's" Amy Adams, who is tired of the phrase "it's an honor just to be nominated." (This is her fourth nomination.) Oscar winner Helen Hunt follows for "The Sessions," and two-time nominee Jacki Weaver for "Silver Linings Playbook," which got a nomination in all four key acting categories. I would love to see Adams upset this race, but even among the brain trust at Goldderby.com, only a few "Lincoln"-loving pundits even risk stepping out of line to back Sally.
Wynter Mitchell (BuzzMedia): I'll be excited when Anne Hathaway wins so she can go back to where she belongs: making ill-conceived, uneven rom coms.
Peter Knegt (Indiewire): I'd love to see an upset in which Hathaway somehow loses, but that's pretty hard to imagine. Field is definitely her closest competitor, but getting three Oscars on three nominations seems a bit much, especially when they will likely also be giving a third Oscar to Day-Lewis and perhaps De Niro as well. So it seems that the predictions people were making a year or so ago that Hathaway would -- like Jennifer Hudson and Catherine Zeta-Jones before her -- essentially win an Oscar for one jaw-dropping musical sequence will prove correct.
Wynter Mitchell: I always forget that the Oscar goes to the person with the best "performance" -- it's not for her career. I don't know, but I feel like the overall appeal of an actor has to weigh heavily, especially in the case of women, for the academy. She's appealing, but does she have depth, if the role demands it? Jury's out on that one.
Thelma Adams: Hey, Peter and Wynter, why do you think there is resistance to Anne? At this point, could it be personal? I did hear word leaking out that she Bigfooted her fellow female co-stars, all but running over closet-hipster Amanda Seyfried and ignoring the fact that Seyfried had the lead in "Mamma Mia." Is it possible they were casting rivals for that role?
Peter Knegt: Basically, I get the sense she isn't exactly beloved by a lot of her peers. But that's totally based on nothing.
Nathaniel Rogers (The Film Experience): Hathaway hasn't been doing anything differently than most people who want an Oscar and are tipped to win, but there does seem to be more animosity toward her. (Please, someone explain to me why her current steamrolling, "my beautiful life!" mode is any different than Natalie Portman's for "Black Swan.")
I'm fully on board for Hathaway's win. A third Oscar for Sally Field would totally decimate her legacy (people were already angry about her being a two-time winner, though there's been momentary amnesia about that in the "Lincoln" love fest), Amy Adams is coasting on default flavor of the decade (they'll nominate her for anything, and what is she bringing to this sketchy role that anyone else wouldn't have?). Jacki is undoubtedly just happy with the nomination (a shocking one). Anne's only rival in terms of stunning interpretation of a high-wire role that could have gone very wrong is Helen Hunt, who already has an Oscar. In this year heavy with second and third Oscar possibilities, it'd be nice to see someone win for the first time.