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The Best Supporting Actress Race of 2013, some may argue, is as predictable as they come. What used to be great about this category was the unpredictability of it. Remember the 1993 upset that was Marisa Tomei’s win for her performance in My Cousin Vinnyholy crap, was that 20 years ago already? However, nowadays, with so much attention paid to the awards leading up to the Oscars, the winner of this category is usually — and correctly — predicted well before the red carpet is rolled out in front of the Dolby Theater on Hollywood Boulevard. That said, this year the odds are in favor of a former Disney Princess who was once nominated before (we’ll get to her in a minute). In the meantime, let’s take a look at the ladies who have been praised and given a chance to shine bright like a diamond come February 24…

Amy Adams (The Master)

Character Played: Peggy Dodd, the steely wife of a cult leader who pulls all of the strings.

Chances of Winning: The slimmest of the slim. And chances are, because the general Oscar audience at home isn’t familiar with this film, they aren’t familiar with this performance. Sorry, Amy. At least it’s a privilege to just be nominated.
 

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Sally Field (Lincoln)

Character Played: Mary Todd Lincoln, the headstrong wife of the 16th President of the United States of America.

Chances of Winning: The Academy likes her (they really like her!), but they probably won’t like her again. Field is the requisite veteran of this category, having won twice for Norma Rae (1979) and Places in the Heart (1984), and if the following actress (below) doesn’t claim that shiny trophy, then Sally will find herself wrestling for the gold with another past winner, Helen Hunt.
 

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Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables) – FRONTRUNNER

Character Played: Fantine, the poor unfortunate French soul who resorts to a life of prostitution in the epic musical that requires at least two boxes of Kleenex per viewing.

Chances of Winning: After nabbing a SAG Award, a Golden Globe, and a BAFTA for her performance, in addition to receiving praise from every critic, blogger, and moviegoer in the known universe, it’s safe to say that Hathaway is the frontrunner. In other words, all bets should be placed on her. This is her year to join the prestigious ranks in the Academy.
 

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Helen Hunt (The Sessions)

Character Played: Sexual surrogate Cheryl Cohen-Greene, a woman who helps a paralyzed man discover the joys of…well, sex.

Chances of Winning: Again, like Field, it’s nice to be recognized. However, credit needs to be given to Hunt’s brave and bold choice to play such a unique and compelling role. The actress certainly knows how to pick ’em.
 

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Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook) – DARK HORSE

Character Played: Dolores Solitano, the mother of a bipolar son (Bradley Cooper) and the wife of a man with a gambling at dreamjackpot.com/ (Robert DeNiro).

Chances of Winning: Slim, but she’s got the potential to be this year’s upset. Weaver’s performance is one of those quiet ones, a character on the sidelines who, as it turns out, is the vital glue that keeps everyone else together. She’s a silent yet sympathetic force that holds up the male players in this seriocomic drama from David O. Russell.

Hiko Mitsuzuka (@TheFirstEcho)

 
Road to the Oscars Series

January 14: Best Visual Effects – Ian Murphy

January 16: Best Sound Editing – Ian Murphy

January 18: Best Sound Mixing – Michael Benedict

January 21: Best Cinematography – Scott Youngbauer

January 23: Best Costume Design – Ian Murphy

January 25: Best Makeup and Hairstyling – Rebecca Susmarski

January 28: Best Film Editing – Dan Schindel

January 30: Best Production Design – Scott Youngbauer

February 1: Best Animated Feature – Carlos Aguilar

February 4: Best Documentary Feature – Dan Schindel

February 7: Best Documentary Short Subject – Dan Schindel

February 8: Best Live Action Short – Carlos Aguilar

February 9: Best Animated Short – Kit Bowen

February 10: Best Foreign Language Film – Carlos Aguilar

February 11: Best Original Score – Adam Spunberg

February 12: Best Original Song – Adam Spunberg

February 13: Best Original Screenplay – Dan Schindel

February 14: Best Adapted Screenplay – Jeremy Martin

February 16: Best Supporting Actor – Angela Stern

February 17: Best Supporting Actress – Hiko Mitsuzuka

February 18: Best Actress – Andrew Payne

February 19: Best Actor – Kit Bowen

February 20: Best Director – Andrew Payne

February 21: Best Picture – Kit Bowen

February 24: 85th Annual Academy Awards