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Oscar Banter: Supporting Actress

by on February 23, 2013

By Taylor Gaines and Steven Halsey

This is another installment of Oscar Banter between Steven Halsey and myself leading up to the 85th Annual Academy Awards Sunday night. We have discussed Best Original Screenplay, Best Adapted Screenplay, and now we will delve into the Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role. Here are the nominees for Best Supporting Actress.

THE NOMINEES:

Amy Adams: The Master (2012)

Sally Field: Lincoln (2012)

Jacki Weaver Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

STEVEN HALSEY:

I don’t think there should be much of a debate here. Four of these actresses appeared throughout the entire movie they were in. Anne Hathaway had a few consecutive scenes to make her mark, and she did so above and  beyond.

If she had been given more scenes, Hathaway probably would have been nominated for Best Actress instead. She sang her heart out with more emotion than I have ever seen, and she managed her way into this category with very minimal amount of time on the screen.

Sally Field is a primary contender, and though her portrayal of Mary Todd was accurate, it might have been a bit too reserved. There just wasn’t enough charisma in her character as there was in the prostitute of Anne Hathaway.

Plain and simple, Anne Hathaway deserves to win the Oscar, and I believe she will.

I don’t even like musicals.

TAYLOR GAINES:

Let me just say I loved Anne Hathaway in “Les Miserables.” She was great.

But I don’t appreciate the fact the media and every person with the ability to write words has already practically given her the award. Sure, she was incredible and emotional and etc., etc., etc., but SHE WAS IN THE MOVIE FOR LIKE 20 MINUTES!!!

I understand that supporting is for those that aren’t in the movie as much, but when you are in the movie for so little that I am questioning whether you even should qualify among supporting candidates who were in their movies much longer than you, there should AT LEAST be a debate as to whether or not you are going to win.

The award should not be handed to her already.

In fact, I believe Sally Field, who begged director Steven Spielberg to let her play Mrs. Lincoln, did a fantastic job portraying a woman with the weight of the country on her shoulders. She basically took Jacki Weaver’s role from “Silver Linings Playbook,” and she played that role (of the worrying mother with a crazy husband and kids doing things they don’t want them to) on steroids.

Field should be the winner. I mean, Spielberg let her hit Daniel Day-Lewis. DANIEL DAY-LEWIS. If you can do that, you should win every award there is.

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