James Eppler’s Oscar predictions

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Published: Mar. 25, 2022 at 1:17 PM CDT
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LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - The Oscars are this weekend, and there are likely some close races and upsets in the works.

Best Supporting Actress is the toughest acting category to predict, but I’d bet on Ariana DeBose from West Side Story for a performance that does all: singing, dancing, and packing an emotional wallop.

Best Supporting Actor will go to Troy Kotsur who is wonderful in “CODA,” and would be the first deaf actor to win an Oscar.

Best Actress is weird because none of the movies are nominated for Best Picture. Since three of the nominees have won before, I think it’s Jessica Chastain’s turn - she wins for “The Eyes of Tammy Faye.”

Will Smith will win Best Actor for King Richard - easiest lock of the night. Smith is Hollywood royalty long overdue, and this is the kind of performance Oscar voters love to award.

Jane Campion will be the second woman in a row to win Best Director after Chloe Zhao last year. Campion’s “The Power of the Dog” has been a powerhouse this awards season, but it might be usurped for the top prize.

I think “CODA” wins Best Picture. After its SAG award win, more people have discovered this delightful and charming movie on Apple TV-plus. It’s about a deaf family, and the only hearing member discovers she is a wonderful singer. It will win because of the Oscars preferential voting ballot for Best Picture. “CODA” isn’t a polarizing movie like some others. Everyone likes it, so they’ll rank it highly. I also think Academy voters like the idea of recognizing this community and their stories.

Or maybe I’m wrong about everything.

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