Best Supporting Actress
Octavia Spencer. "The Help." It's a lock. Spencer's co-star and fellow nominee Jessica Chastain will smile graciously from "The Help" seats knowing that Spencer has paid her dues, and her win is a triumph for the film as a whole. Berenice Bejo is riding on "The Artist" updraft, but won't win. Melissa McCarthy? Honor just to be nominated — and taken seriously for a comic role. Janet McTeer? Honor, and a series of borrowed long dresses; she's a great, generous actress who needs a better film to display her talents.
We'll shake up our Magic Oscar 8 Ball again in two weeks and see if we're still standing by these predictions, or if there's been a tilt in the odds. In the meantime, Yahoo! movies will continue to cover the landmarks, detours and tourist traps on the road to the Oscars. The 84th Academy Awards will be held at Hollywood's Kodak Theater and broadcast on Sunday, February 26th on ABC.