(LOS ANGELES) -- Time is ticking for Oscar voters who’ve yet to turn in their ballots. They have until 5 p.m. Pacific time Tuesday to do so.
Tom O’Neil of the award show-themed website GoldDerby.com says some of the Oscar races are especially tight -- and the nominees know it.
“There's definitely been a ramping-up of campaigning this year, especially in the home stretch. Because the race is wide open in some of the top categories, so it's a squeaker. They're going after that one or two votes that could swing a result,” he tells ABC News Radio.
O’Neil specifically cites two best actor nominees -- Leonardo DiCaprio and Matthew McConaughey -- as examples of stars who've made their presence felt during Oscar season. He points out that DiCaprio recently made a surprise cameo on Saturday Night Live when his Wolf of Wall Street co-star, best supporting actor nominee Jonah Hill, hosted.
“Leo has been in high gear at 100 miles an hour. We saw him at the Santa Barbara Film Festival, we saw him bestowing awards. And this is kind of unusual for a man who is normally a little above it all,” O’Neil notes.
What about McConaughey, who’s a strong contender for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club?
O’Neil observes, “Matthew McConaughey was a little timid before the Oscar voting began. Then he went into full campaign mode. And we've seen him working the press like a Bronx politico.”
ABC will air the Oscars live this Sunday night.
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