You’re on the record as disliking The Hurt Locker.
I didn’t care for it.
What about Zero Dark Thirty?
I liked it when I first saw it. Then I saw it a second time and cared less for it. It was too much like a documentary. The last 40 minutes were great. But it’s on one track only. And there’s no real character development. I didn’t care about the girl—the lead character—at all.
Who’ll win Best Actress?
Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook. She’s terrific! I liked the movie. It’s not a great movie, but a good movie. It’s got enough quirkiness to keep you engaged. Jennifer Lawrence fills a void. Then there’s Emma Stone, who’s what Lindsay Lohan should be.
And Jessica Chastain is everywhere.
I saw her on Broadway in The Heiress. I’m underwhelmed. I liked the play, but I don’t like her. I think she’s boring.
What’s your call for Best Actor?
Daniel Day Lewis. That was a terrific performance in Lincoln. I didn’t care for the movie. I wanted to like it, but it was a history lesson. It was like watching paint dry. And Tommy Lee Jones had a terrible toupee.
Who should win for Best Supporting Actor?
Christoph Waltz is terrific in Django Unchained.
And Best Supporting Actress?
The winner is Anne Hathaway. Hathaway, Lawrence—these are the stars of tomorrow. It’s a good thing. People criticize the Academy for being all old members that don’t appreciate young talent. I don’t think that’s the case.
Finally, who’ll win Best Director?
The real best director probably isn’t there. It’ll likely be Steven Spielberg for Lincoln. He did a masterful job and is a safe bet.