Alan Arkin in ‘Argo’

Eye on the Oscars 2013: The Actor - Supporting Actor

Why he will win: Comedic performances don’t always hold sway with Oscar voters, but Arkin, a much beloved Academy regular who won the supporting prize for “Little Miss Sunshine,” does a hilarious job of lampooning one of the biz’s own.

Best scene: Before a tense and hilarious standoff with a Hollywood agent, Arkin’s crotchety producer Lester Siegel spouts off one of the movie’s funniest lines: “You’re worried about the Ayatollah? Try the WGA.”

Critic’s quote: “Arkin … is priceless barking out prickly pear lines like ‘If I’m doing a fake movie, it’s going to be a fake hit,’ ” says Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly.

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