Bold Oscar Predictions

Photo credit: David Menendez

Photo credit: David Menendez

Oscar Night is considered the crown jewel of the awards season in Hollywood.  Winning an Oscar defines careers for directors, actors, and actresses alike.  Here are my predictions for the Oscar awards (they will probably be wrong).

Best Supporting Actress

Nominees: Anne Hathaway in “Les Miserables”, Sally Field in “Lincoln”, Helen Hunt in “The Sessions”, Amy Adams in “The Master”, and Jacki Weaver in “Silver Linings Playbook.”

Who Will Win: Anne Hathaway’s performance, although brief, was utterly breath-taking in “Les Miserables”.  Her singing was also perfect to go along with her already brilliant acting.  If her ballad wasn’t in your head by the end of the film, you might not have a heart.

Who Should Win:  The supporting actress group is relatively weak this year.  The only other nomination that could challenge Hathaway for the reward is Sally Field in “Lincoln.”

Best Supporting Actor

Nominees: Tommy Lee Jones in “Lincoln”, Robert DeNiro in “Silver Linings Playbook”, Phillip Seymour Hoffman in “The Master”, Christopher Waltz in “Django Unchained”, and Alan Arkin in “Argo”.

Who Will Win: Tommy Lee Jones in “Lincoln” was fantastic.  His oratory skills during the debates in Congress were magnificent and should be praised.

Who Should Win:  The supporting actors group is completely stacked.  The only person that I would be surprised of snagging the award is Alan Arkin in “Argo”.  Seymour Hoffman was brilliant, as always, in “The Master”.  Critics are always enamored with Christopher Waltz.  My hope is that Robert DeNiro returns to the stage for “Silver Linings Playbook.”  I thought this was his best individual performance since “Goodfellas.”  He completely dominated his scenes in Silver Linings Playbook as the insane bookie Eagles fan.

Best Director

Nominees:  Steven Spielberg in “Lincoln”, Ang Lee in “Life of Pi”, Michael Haneke in “Amour”, and David O. Russell in “Silver Linings Playbook.”

Who Will Win: Steven Spielberg will win this award.  The amount of detail is just amazing.  I recommend watching the interviews when he describes the insane detail put in the oval office set.  Steven Spielberg continues to support his argument as the best director of all time.

Who Should Win: Spielberg should and will win.  However, the other nominees did a wonderful job this year.  However, they just ran in the buzz-saw known as “STEELberg.” Ang Lee in particular deserves praise for his work in “Life of Pi.”  The way he combines scenes and stories makes it a beautiful heartwarming film.

Best Actress

Nominees: Jennifer Lawrence in “Silver Linings Playbook”, Jessica Chastain in “Zero Dark Thirty”, Emmanuella Riva in “Amour”, and Naomi Watts in “The Impossible.”

Who Will Win:  Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain are the two front runners for this category.  Lawrence should win.  My only reason is because I love her.  In comparison to Lawrence, I did not like Chastain in “Zero Dark Thirty.”  I recognize her performance as being good, but it didn’t wow me over or give me enjoyment.

Who Should Win: Lawrence should win plain and simple:  However, I would like to encourage you all during this time to go see “The Impossible.”  Naomi Watts was great in it, and it is such an inspiring true story.  The Impossible made one insignificant Sunday afternoon very satisfying and fulfilling for me.

Best Actor

Nominees: Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln”, Hugh Jackman in “Les Miserables”, Denzel Washington in “Flight”, Bradley Cooper in “Silver Linings Playbook”, and Joaquin Phoenix in “The Master.”

Who Will Win:  Day-Lewis is a complete and utter lock to win this award.  If he does not win this award, I will boycott the Oscars from that moment to eternity.  He delivered a performance of the year and probably the decade.

Who Should Win: Do I have to repeat myself?

Best Picture

Nominees: “Lincoln”, “Silver Linings Playbook”, “Life of Pi”, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”, “Amour”, “Argo”, “Les Miserables”, “Zero Dark Thirty”, and “Django Unchained.”

Who Will Win:  “Lincoln” probably will win.  The sheer greatness of the film is hard to put into words if you have not seen the film.  However, there are many rumors among the Hollywood circles that Ben Affleck and his “Argo” cronies are campaigning hard for his film to win.

Who Should Win:  “Lincoln” should win.  However, all the movies in this group are great (except “Amour” and “Zero Dark Thirty”).  The strength of this group as a whole speaks to the great film year that was 2012.

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