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I went 5 for 5, baby! Most predictors thought Song Kang-ho would land in over Hopkins, which would've been really cool; but I didn't see the evidence that that would happen. I stuck to my guns with the pope!
If you had told me a year ago that this year's supporting actor nominees would be Brad Pitt, Tom Hanks, Joe Pesci, Al Pacino and Anthony Hopkins, I would have laughed in your face - are you kidding me with this collection of veterans??? Hahaha.
(I want to note that aside from Pitt - the obvious youngun of the crew - none of these men have been nominated since 2000 or earlier. (Not even Hanks, despite him headlining best picture nominees like Captain Phillips & Bridge of Spies.) It's nice to see them at the top of their games.
AS FOR THE WIN:
Pitt is the talk of the town for his Hollywood turn, which benefits from being in a huge best picture contender and it being a very large supporting role. And the fact that he's never won will help a good deal. He's a lock; and while I wouldn't vote for him in this, I'll be happy to watch him win. He's a true talent and a charming human.