The Oscar nominations will be announced Tuesday. Naturally, every film aficionado has a theory about who and whatmay be recognized with a nod. In that spirit, here are five potential surprises and/or snubs that could greet us when the nominees are revealed this week.
Potential snub: The Coen brothers
If previous Oscar winners Ethan and Joel Coen are overlooked as best director contenders, it won’t be because their vividly rendered work on “ True Grit” was unworthy. It will be because the competition in that category is exceptionally tough.
Potential surprise: Hailee Steinfeld for best actress
Paramount is campaigning for Steinfeld in the supporting actress category, despite the fact that she’s clearly the protagonist of “ True Grit.” Academy members may choose not to consider that and instead reward the plucky 14-year-old with an unexpected lead nod.
Potential snub: “127 Hours”
Even in the expanded best-picture field of 10, there’s a battle for slots. We fear that the briefly gruesome, ultimately inspiring story of a trapped hiker (Oscarnominee-definite James Franco) who amputates his forearm may be— oh, we had to go there, didn’t we?— cut from the race.
Potential surprise: John Hawkes
The veteran character actor (“Deadwood”) was nominated for a Screen Actors GuildAward and an Independent SpiritAward for his portrayal of an occasionally menacingmeth addict in “Winter’s Bone.” He could sneak in as a supporting actor Oscar contender, too.
Potential snub: AndrewGarfield
If someone likeHawkes enters the supporting actor race, someone elsemay need to exit to make room. Might it be Garfield, who brings to life the most relatable character in “The SocialNetwork”? We hope not; even the way he says “Lawyer up, [expletive]” is almost charming.
Pop Culture Pulse: Anne Hathaway The actress is preparing to cohost the Oscars, guest star on “Glee” and, as announced this week, play Catwoman in “The Dark Knight Rises.” Now that’s a pop culture hat trick.
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