(NEW YORK) — The Oscars celebrate the best of the year in Hollywood, but Sunday night’s ceremony will also shine a spotlight on Washington and politics, with Argo, Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty up for top honors.
Sunday morning on ABC’s This Week, the roundtable discussed their favorite Oscar-nominated films and the individual performances they enjoyed most 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 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.
Although the 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 Sunday night’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 Sunday night.
“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.
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