Enough about which Oscar contenders are probably going to win. Here EW movie critic Owen Gleiberman tells us who ought to win:
*Anthony Hopkins for Best Actor: For making Hannibal Lecter the headiest, coolest, most resonant movie psycho of the modern era.
*Jodie Foster for Best Actress: I usually think she’s overrated, but this time the hypervisible workings of Foster’s mind beautifully fit the character she’s playing.
*Jack Palance for Best Supporting Actor: Grand, ominous, and slyly self-mocking, he gave City Slickers its mythical, old-movie soul.
*Diane Ladd for Best Supporting Actress: As a Southern housewife looking out for Laura Dern’s irrepressible Rose, Ladd created the most subtle and down-to-earth feminist portrait this year.
*Olive Stone for Best Director: I didn’t think he deserved his other two Oscars, but he does for JFK — a flawed yet cinematically profound evocation of how the Kennedy assassination lives inside our minds.
*The Silence of the Lambs for Best Picture: Jonathan Demme’s dark dream of a thriller — the most emotionally fluid movie experience of the year.