Oscars Precap/Predictions

This year in film has endured a variety of intriguing, inspirational, and artistic movies. Luckily, tomorrow is the long-awaited 85th Academy Awards, hosted by “Family Guy” and “Ted” creator Seth McFarlane. It will be televised on ABC at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. This year’s Oscars will contain some obvious and surprising factors: exquisitely or dreadfully dressed celebs will walk on the red carpet before the show, Seth McFarlane will be accompanied by a digitalized Ted or Stewie (I’m assuming), awkward moments will occur between award presenters, the musical numbers will be lengthy, and there will be award snubs and surprises. This year’s Oscars also contains one of the most intense award competitions among films, writers, directors, and actors. Here are my predictions for the award nominees:

Best Picture:

  • Amour 
  • Argo
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Django Unchained
  • Les Misérables
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Zero Dark Thirty
Who will win: Argo
Who should win: Argo

Best Director:

  • Michael Haneke – Amour
  • Ang Lee – Life of Pi
  • David O. Russell – Silver Linings Playbook
  • Steven Spielberg – Lincoln
  • Benh Zeitlin – Beasts of the Southern Wild
Who will win: Steven Spielberg
Who should win: Ang Lee

Best Actor:

  • Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook
  • Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln
  • Hugh Jackman – Les Misérables
  • Joaquin Phoenix – The Master
  • Denzel Washington – Flight
Who will win: Daniel Day-Lewis
Who should win: Daniel Day-Lewis

Best Actress:

  • Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty
  • Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
  • Emmanuelle Riva – Amour
  • Quvenzhané Wallis – Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Naomi Watts – The Impossible
Who will win: Jennifer Lawrence
Who should win: Jennifer Lawrence

Best Supporting Actor:

  • Alan Arkin – Argo
  • Robert De Niro – Silver Linings Playbook
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master
  • Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln
  • Christoph Waltz – Django Unchained
Who will win: Christoph Waltz
Who should win: Tommy Lee Jones

Best Supporting Actress:

  • Amy Adams – The Master
  • Sally Field – Lincoln
  • Anne Hathaway – Les Misérables
  • Helen Hunt – The Sessions
  • Jacki Weaver – Silver Linings Playbook
Who will win: Anne Hathaway
Who should win: Anne Hathaway

Best Original Screenplay:

  • Amour – Michael Haneke
  • Django Unchained – Quentin Tarantino
  • Flight – John Gatins
  • Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola
  • Zero Dark Thirty – Mark Boal
Who will win: Django Unchained
Who should win: Django Unchained

Best Adapted Screenplay:

  • Argo – Chris Terrio
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild – Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin
  • Life of Pi – David Magee
  • Lincoln – Tony Kushner
  • Silver Linings Playbook – David O. Russell
Who will win: Argo
Who should win: Argo

Best Animated Feature:

  • Brave
  • Frankenweenie
  • ParaNorman
  • The Pirates! Band of Misfits
  • Wreck-It Ralph
Who will win: Brave
Who should win: Wreck-It Ralph

Best Foreign Language Film:

  • Amour
  • Kon-Tiki
  • No
  • A Royal Affair
  • War Witch
Who will win: Amour
Who should win: Amour

Best Documentary:

  • 5 Broken Cameras
  • The Gatekeepers
  • How to Survive a Plague
  • The Invisible War
  • Searching for Sugar Man
Who will win: Searching for Sugar Man
Who should win: The Invisible War

Best Original Score:

  • Anna Karenina
  • Argo
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Skyfall
Who will win: Lincoln
Who should win: Life of Pi

Best Original Song:

  • “Before My Time” – Chasing Ice
  • “Everybody Needs a Best Friend” – Ted
  • Pi’s Lullaby” – Life of Pi
  • “Skyfall” – Skyfall
  • “Suddenly” – Les Misérables
Who will win: “Skyfall”
Who should win: “Skyfall”

Best Sound Editing:

  • Argo
  • Django Unchained
  • Life of Pi
  • Skyfall
  • Zero Dark Thirty
Who will win: Argo
Who should win: Argo

Best Sound Mixing:

  • Argo
  • Les Misérables
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Skyfall
Who will win: Argo
Who should win: Argo

Best Production Design:

  • Anna Karenina
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Les Misérables
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
Who will win: Les Misérables
Who should win: Life of Pi

Best Cinematography:

  • Anna Karenina
  • Django Unchained
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Skyfall
Who will win: Life of Pi
Who should win: Life of Pi

Best Makeup:

  • Hitchcock
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Les Misérables
Who will win: The Hobbit
Who should win: Les Misérables

Best Costume Design:

  • Anna Karenina
  • Les Misérables
  • Lincoln
  • Mirror Mirror
  • Snow White and the Huntsman
Who will win: Les Misérables
Who should win: Lincoln

Best Film Editing:

  • Argo
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Zero Dark Thirty
Who will win: Argo
Who should win: Argo

Best Visual Effects:

  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Life of Pi
  • Marvel’s The Avengers
  • Promethus
  • Snow White and the Huntsman
Who will win: Life of Pi
Who should win: Life of Pi

Hope the Oscars will be great this year!
Stay tuned for the recap!
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