This is a truly weird year for Oscar predictions. While there are a few mortal locks, many of the races essentially come down to two viable choices. We’re talking serious flip a coin kind of stuff. My old partner in crime (and contributing Washington Post film critic) Mike Mayo and I will discuss the nominees below:
Okay, let’s start with one of those mortal locks.
The late Heath Ledger will win Best Supporting Actor for his darkly funny and gloriously twisted take the Joker, making it the second year in a row that a talented actor (last year it was Javier Bardem) has cleaned up on every award show for playing a demented serial killer. I don’t know what that says about our society, but there it is.
I’m not even going to bother assessing the other nominees. If anybody else has even a smidgen of a chance, it’s Josh Brolin in Milk. (Man, did that guy have a great year or what?)
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