All that good press Oprah Winfrey generated last weekend for her massive garage sale for charity may have paid off in an unexpected way — she has rallied among our Experts and is once more tied with “12 Years a Slave” ingenue Lupita Nyongo to win Best Supporting Actress for her performance in “The Butler.”
This comeback — coupled with the overwhelming support for Winfrey among our first wave of Experts to predict the Golden Globes with all nine of them expecting her to win there — and she is looking more likely to finally vanquish her 1985 loss for her film debut in “The Color Purple.” She was bested back then for Supporting Actress by Hollywood legacy Angelica Huston (“Prizzi’s Honor”).
Eleven Experts support Winfrey: Thelma Adams (Yahoo), Thom Geier (Entertainment Weekly), Mark Harris (Grantland), Tariq Khan (Fox News), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Kevin Polowy (Yahoo), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), Keith Simanton (IMDb), Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone) and Susan Wloszczyna (RogerEbert.com).
Eleven Experts are now behind the bid by Nyongo: Edward Douglas (Comingsoon), Scott Feinberg (Hollywood Reporter), Dave Karger (Fandango), Guy Lodge (HitFix), Mary Milliken (Reuters), Michael Musto (Out, Gawker), Steve Pond (TheWrap), Christopher Rosen (Huffington Post), Sasha Stone (AwardsDaily), Jeffrey Wells (Hollywood-Elsewhere) and Glenn Whipp (L.A. Times).
While the two women are tied with 11 votes apiece for first place, Nyongo has a slight edge in the odds (9 to 4 versus 23 to 10) because she is ranked higher on the lists of those experts who don’t have her in first place than is Winfrey. See the Experts’ latest rankings here.
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