In anticipation of the Academy Awards, we polled our contributors to see who they thought should win the Oscar. Once we had our winners, we asked various writers to make the case for our selection in each category. We're posting those essays this week, two a day, leading up to the big reveal of our pick for our best picture on Friday. Here you'll find links to all our picks.
Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong'o, "12 Years a Slave"—Essay by Glenn Kenny
Best Supporting Actor: Barkhad Abdi, "Captain Phillips"—Essay by Omer M. Mozaffar