Oscar 2013 Predictions From the ‘This Week’ Red-Carpet Roundtable

By ABC News

Feb 24, 2013 12:19pm

ABC’s Kari Rea reports:

The Oscars celebrate the best of the year in Hollywood, but tonight’s ceremony will also shine a spotlight on Washington and politics, with “Argo,” “Lincoln” and “Zero Dark Thirty” up for top honors.

This morning on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” our powerhouse roundtable discussed their favorite Oscar-nominated films and the individual performances they most enjoyed this year.

Of the three politically charged films up for Best Picture, ABC News contributor George Will thinks “Zero Dark Thirty” should take home Oscar gold.

“It’s a genuine contribution to public education,” he said. “Sufficient reason for voting for it is a rebuke to Sens. Levin, Feinstein and McCain, who have enough to do without being movie critics and falsely accusing that movie of taking a stand on torture it does not take.”

TIME Magazine contributor Steven Brill agreed.

“Our senators ought to be dealing with the stuff we dealt with at the beginning of our discussion, not with movies,” he said.

Democratic strategist and ABC News contributor Donna Brazile chose “Lincoln” as her favorite flick of the year because of its historical implications.

“A year we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. It was an emotional movie. It was a masterpiece,” she said.

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The roundtable discusses their Oscar picks on "This Week"

Although our roundtable was divided in their picks for favorite film, most agreed that Daniel Day-Lewis’ portrayal of Abraham Lincoln should earn him an Oscar at tonight’s awards.

“It’s magic to be able to embody a character like that,” Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberley Strassel said. “You watched it and you really did think you were watching Lincoln.”

Steven Rattner, former Lead Auto Adviser and Counselor to the Treasury Secretary, noted another performance that could take top honors tonight.

“On the best performance, I’m actually going to get out of my comfort zone and go with Anne Hathaway in ‘Les Mis,’” he said.

What’s George’s favorite Oscar-nominated film? Check out the video of our red-carpet roundtable discussion to find out.

And be sure to tune in to ABC at 7 p.m. ET as Seth MacFarlane hosts the 85th annual Academy Awards, plus our special live coverage on “Good Morning America“ Monday.

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