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Oscars Wise The Supporting Roles: If Anne Hathaway Doesn't Win Catwoman Should Go Crazy

Star's surely a certainty but the male award is more open


The voting has closed and it's almost time for The Oscars! And with the battle for the biggest accolades in the film world almost over, we're taking a look at the runners and riders for this year's awards. First up; the Supporting Actresses and Actors.

First up let's get one little formality out of the way; or Anne Hathaway as she's known to her friends.

If Anne doesn't win Best Supporting Actress for her role as Fantine in Les Miserables then it'll be such a big surprise that if we were Anne, we'd don our Catwoman outfit and run amok, screaming the lyrics to I Dreamed A Dream in the Dolby Theatre on February 24.

The forlorn challenge against the star is being led by Helen Hunt, who got very naked as Cheryl Cohen-Greene in The Sessions, a challenging role in which she taught the severely disabled Mark O'Brien (John Hawkes) to have sex, empowering rather than titilating, in any other year Helen may have just scooped another gong to go with her 1997 Best Actress win. She's at 20/1 with the bookies.

Sally Field and Amy Adams are roughly at the same odds, with Field's turn as Mrs Abraham Lincoln and Adams' masterful turn appropriately in The Master again looking like being blown away by Hathaway.

Anne Hathaway: Oscar certainty (Photo: Nikki Nelson/WENN)

Lastly is the surprise pick Jacki Weaver, who sneaked in as part of The Weinstein Co's Silver Linings Playbook as Bradley Cooper's character Pat's long suffering mother, similar to Hunt she's been unfortunate by seeing a nuanced take on dealing with the hardship of another drowned out, but in this case by her co-stars too, meaning she's an incredibly unlikely 80/1.

As for the boys, the field is far more open, with Christoph Waltz and Tommy Lee Jones the two leading contenders at 13/10.

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Lee Jones achievement in Lincoln is surely that he wasn't drowned out by Daniel Day-Lewis' awards magnet of a performance as the President, while Waltz's chemistry with Quentin Tarantino gained the Austrian a BAFTA Award.

Robert DeNiro (7/1) would be a sentimental choice for his role as a conflicted dad in Silver Linings, and with the tough guy star liable to weep on stage, we'd love to see a Bobby win on Oscars night, and there's more chance of a surprise in this category than the female one so we may just get it.

Robert DeNiro and Jacki Weaver were both nominated for Silver Linings Playbook (Photo: Weinstein Co/Splash News)

Alan Arkin will hope that Hollywood goodwill and Argo's success will sweep him to victory for his comic relief role in Argo, but despite his adorable cantankerousness in the film a restricted role makes him an outsider at 40/1.

Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Master (Photo: Splash News/Wienstein Co.)

Lastly there's Philip Seymour Hoffman (8/1), who acted his heart out as a L. Ron Hubbard like figure in The Master, but with that movie seemingly jinxed on the awards front, and any scientologists in the Academy electorate liable to find his role a little clos to the bone, it may not be Hoffman's year.

Verdict: Anne Hathaway and Christoph Waltz take the gold, so no need for that Catwoman outfit.

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