Roeper on the Oscar nominations: Brad Pitt the best of a starry category…

Renee Zellweger is a surefire winner for her Judy Garland impression because Academy Award voters love that kind of overwrought work.

And the nomination for arguably the most star-laden loaded category in recent Academy Awards history goes to:

Best supporting actor, with nominees Tom Hanks (“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”), Anthony Hopkins (“The Two Popes”), Al Pacino and Joe Pesci (both for “The Irishman”) and “Brad Pitt (“Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood”).

Pitt is the only one of those modern-day icons who has yet to win at least one acting Oscar. He’s also the favorite in the category — and his fierce, funny, deadpan performance in “OUTIH” also happens to be the most deserving…

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