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85th Academy Awards

Best Supporting Actor

Ty Burr, Boston Globe film critic
Ty Burr says ...
A gathering of old pros. Every actor in this category has won before, each is beloved to one degree or another, so it’s just a matter of where the sentiment will land. Jones and Alan Arkin are neck and neck: The latter’s seedy Hollywood producer is a great inside joke but the former’s Thaddeus Stevens is a great performance, a great part, and great history, and it channels the actor’s legendary crankiness in delightfully fresh ways.
  • Will win
    Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln

  • Should win
    Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

  • Shouldn't be here
    None

  • Was robbed
    None

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe film critic
Janice Page says ...
Sure, Tommy Lee Jones could take home a trophy for trademark cantankerousness (bewigged this time). Or Waltz could extend his debt to Quentin Tarantino. But I’m betting that voters will reward De Niro for reversing decades of bad movie choices by turning in just one performance that indicates he still cares, kind of. Jackson, who’s at least as deserving as Waltz, should be sitting in Arkin’s spot.
  • Will win
    Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook

  • Should win
    Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

  • Shouldn't be here
    Alan Arkin, Argo

  • Was robbed
    Samuel L. Jackson, Django Unchained