Will Win/Should Win - Christopher Plummer "Beginners"
Could Win - Max von Sydow "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close"
Commentary - Ever since Oscar morning when Max Von Sydow's name was announced as a nominee, I wondered if he had the power to swoop in and steal the award from the apparent frontrunner Christopher Plummer. After all, he too was a legend who had been sadly overlooked throughout his stellar career, and his film got the Best Picture nomination. That being said, I think it is too little too late. Plummer has been tearing up the circuit, winning all major precursors, and delighting audiences and peers with his witty and meaningful speeches. While I still think an upset is possible, Plummer will still win this one, a well-deserved, and long-awaited honor.