Tuesday 16 January 2018

James Dempsey: Age may triumph over youth as Jennifer Lawrence bids for Oscar glory

Jennifer Lawrence, left, and Bradley Cooper in
Jennifer Lawrence, left, and Bradley Cooper in "Silver Linings Playbook."

In a year that has stirred the now expected controversy, with omissions and inclusions that have turned heads, there’s some certainty heading into this Sunday’s 85th Academy Awards’ ceremony – Daniel Day Lewis, Anne Hathaway and Argo.

But if you’ve grown tired of watching Steve from accounts win the sweepstakes for the last three years, it’s the closer-run categories that may offer you the chance to sweep to victory. Wreck his winning streak with Ralph, Disney’s best shot at Animated Feature. Show Amour some love in the Best Foreign Feature, while Searching for Sugar Man will keep things sweet in the documentary stakes.

Of course it’s the categories that are harder to call that make for more interesting viewing, and trickier speculation. None this year is closer than Best Actress, with the four women and one girl vying to take home the statuette.

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