Will Win:Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Hathaway has practically swept award season, so although there may be a little “I Dreamed A Dream” fatigue setting in, she’s still likely to claim the top supporting actress honor. The single, unbroken shot of her performing that gut-wrenching song moved even voters who weren’t a fan of the movie.
Runner-up: Sally Field, Lincoln. She has two previous Oscars, winning each time she was nominated, but it has been a while. Her emotionally fraught First Lady brought her first nomination since 1984 and has a lot of admirers, although it will be an uphill battle to take the trophy from Hathaway.
Surprise: Helen Hunt, The Sessions. “Courageous,” “gutsy,” and “bold” are all words voters have used to describe her performance as a sexual therapist in this comedic-drama about a disabled man trying to learn about lovemaking. If there’s a longshot in this race who might take it, it’s Hunt.
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