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Oscar: Acting, Part 2

ACTING UP, PART TWO: The Rumor Mill is getting a visit—from Oscar! Sorry, these spells are becoming more frequent, what with the new medication. Anyhoo, Best Supporting Actor contenders include Tommy Lee Jones’ fire-breathing Lincoln abolitionist, Robert DeNiro as Cooper’s sports-obsessed, obsessive dad in Silver Linings, Alan Arkin’s crusty Hollywood producer in Argo, Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s expansive guru-huckster, AKA The Master, and Christoph Waltz as a charming bounty hunter in Django Unchained.  Oscar still likes Sally Field, really likes her, judging by the Best Supporting Actress nom her anguished First Lady in Lincoln elicited. She faces off against early fave Anne Hathaway (who’s making half of America weep shamelessly—and the other half shamefully—as the ill-fated Fantine in Les Mis);  Jacki Weaver (as Cooper’s in-denial Silver Linings mom); Helen Hunt as a generous-spirited sex therapist in The Sessions; and Amy Adams as an American cult’s Lady Macbeth in The Master. Ready to pick the winners and say “I told you so?” Go here and fill out your own ballot. We’ll be back to talk about some other geeky Oscar stuff soon. Pass the popcorn. (1/10p)

NEAR TRUTHS:
THE HOUSE WINS
I.B. Bad handicaps the Vegas Grammys. (1/18a)
ON THE COVER:
THE LUMINEERS
The downside of BRIGHTSIDE for Wes and Jer (1/18a)
HITS LIST MAKES
THE PLAYOFFS
A bunch of All-Pros takes the field. (1/18a)
COACHELLA LINEUP: HARRY, YE, BILLIE AND THE WHOLE THING
The poster has been printed. (1/13a)
UTA: A YEAR OF MOMENTUM
Agency reshuffles the deck. (1/18a)
I DON'T WANNA WORK
I just wanna bang on my drum all day.
I HAVE A HANGOVER
I like to call it "2021."
I DON'T WANNA HAVE A MEETING
My Zoom backgrounds are all outdated.
I MISS CHRISTMAS
When's the next holiday that involves eggnog?
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