Brad Brown, RTV6 sports reporter and pop culture expert, breaks down the race for Best Supporting Actor:
Alan Arkin, "Argo"
He is great as the fake film’s producer, quite the Hollywood throwback. Arkin has most of the movie’s best lines, but it won’t be enough for him to win.
Robert DeNiro, "Silver Linings Playbook"
How about a 7th Oscar nomination, for one of the greatest of all time? This is DeNiro being Deniro; but he’s not even one of the 3 best performances in his own movie, so now winner this time.
Philip Seymour Hoffman, "The Master"
He’s great as the cult leader-slash-preacher man, but the whole thing wore me out after a while. Hoffman likely won’t show up… It’s fine, he’s not winning either.
Christoph Waltz, "Django Unchained"
This is *my pick to win the Supporting Actor Oscar. Waltz was phenomenal as German bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz. The role seemed perfect for him… all at once well-spoken and articulate; while being dirty, underhanded, foul-mouthed, and just the right amount of wrong---you know it’s a Tarantino film the first time Dr. Schultz appears. This performance made me laugh more than the other four combined, that’s the reason for the pick.
Then there’s Tommy Lee Jones in "Lincoln"
This is who I think *will win… mostly because I’m feeling like the Oscar voters are giving some huge momentum to this movie down the stretch. Jones owns the last third of the movie as Congressman Stevens, as the debate over the 13th Amendment comes to a vote. It’s hard to compete with Daniel Day-Lewis’ epic showing as the President, but Jones holds up his end of the bargain… and I think it will lead to his second Oscar win.