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85th Academy Awards

Best Actor

Ty Burr, Boston Globe film critic
Ty Burr says ...
The easiest money of the year: Day-Lewis has no serious competition for his uncanny, deeply personable reincarnation of a national icon. If more people had actually seen “The Sessions,” Hawkes might have been nominated for his quietly heartbreaking performance.
  • Will win
    Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

  • Should win
    Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

  • Shouldn't be here
    Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables

  • Was robbed
    John Hawkes, The Sessions

Janice Page, Boston Globe film editor
Janice Page says ...
Go ahead, bet the house on it. The only way Day-Lewis could lose is if he’s disqualified for doping, and by doping I mean he’s not going to lose. That’s fine; Day-Lewis deserves all the praise he’s getting. It’s just that Washington is so good as a pilot in a tailspin, without history or Tony Kushner’s pithy words to draw from, even his minibar tab is epic. Cooper’s a revelation, he’s just not in this league; Danielsen Lie could be, if anyone had seen “Oslo.”
  • Will win
    Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

  • Should win
    Denzel Washington, Flight

  • Shouldn't be here
    Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook

  • Was robbed
    Anders Danielsen Lie, Oslo, August 31st