Keith Simanton: Oscars have creepy parallel to 1998

By Tom O'Neil
By Tom O'Neil
Jan 31 2013 11:26 am
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This year's Oscar derby gives Keith Simanton (IMDB) a creepy feeling. "It kind of reminds me of when 'Saving Private Ryan' lost to 'Shakespeare in Love'" back in 1998, he says in our webcam chat, noting that this year's race pits "a Spielbergian, historical drama vs. something essentially about putting on a show."

Simanton calls Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" "a masterwork -- it's unimpeachable, great filmmaking," but "Argo" -- a film about sneaky Hollywooders putting on a campy sci-fi show in order to fool Iranians -- suddenly seems to have the mojo, according to the predictions of 22 of the 25 pundits (including Simanton) polled by Gold Derby.

He believes Anne Hathaway has Best Supporting Actress in the bag and "Best Actor is Daniel Day-Lewis unless the Mayan apocalypse happens a couple months late.

"I think Best Supporting Actor is still pretty open," he adds. "I don't really understand the Tommy Lee Jones brouhaha. To me, it was a very one-note performance."

He also believes the widely perceived "Jennifer Lawrence lock may not be such a lock" considering how often the Oscars do not repeat the SAG champ for Best Actress. Last year, for example, SAG voters went for Viola Davis ("The Help") while academy member embraced Meryl Streep ("The Iron Lady").

See Simanton's predictions here. See how they stack up against the prophecies of 24 other top pundits. See the rankings and racetrack odds of all pundit predictions when they're combined.


 

 
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