Oscar predictions: Best Actor

Our experts are unanimous: it should go to Daniel Day-Lewis. Do you agree?

BELOVED HONEST ABE. Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln on the cover of a TIME Magazine issue that was released before the US Presidential Elections in 2012. Photo from the official 'Lincoln' Facebook page

MANILA, Philippines – MANILA, Philippines – At the 85th Oscar Awards on February 24 (February 25 Manila time), the Best Actor nominees are:

1. Bradley Cooper – ‘Silver Linings Playbook’

2. Daniel Day Lewis – ‘Lincoln’

3. Hugh Jackman – ‘Les Miserables’

4. Joaquin Phoenix – ‘The Master’

5. Denzel Washington – ‘Flight’

Francis Quina: Daniel Day-Lewis. Need I say more? Okay, maybe a few more sentences…

Day-Lewis has been known to disappear into his roles, to the point of carrying a long rifle on the set, learning his character’s trade such as butchering.

The man is method-acting personified, and in Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” he truly disappears into the iconic role of the late US president, thanks to some really great prosthetic work that compliments Day-Lewis’s brilliant acting.

Carljoe Javier:  I know that a lot of people will be rooting for Hugh Jackman’s turn as Jean Valjean. And there are no slouches in this category.

But in terms of command of the screen, the ability to disappear into a character, and most importantly the delivery of a performance that enriches our understanding of not only character but of human nature, Daniel Day-Lewis should be taking the trophy home.

He makes such a compelling Abraham Lincoln that I don’t think it would be right if the trophy went elsewhere. – Rappler.com

(Rappler live blogs the 85th Oscars on Monday, February 25, 5:30am.)

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(Carljoe Javier doesn’t know why people think he’s a snarky film critic who spends his time dashing the hopes of filmgoers. He thinks he’s not all that bad, really. He teaches at the State U, writes books, and studies film, comics, and video games…Then again, those people could be right.

Francis Quina teaches Creative Writing, Literature, and English in UP Diliman.)

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