It appears this blog has gotten completely one dimensional as far as subject matter goes, but perhaps I’ll start steering the boat away from the film world. But first, the obligatory Oscar predictions. You know the drill.
Nominees: Amour, Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Misérables, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty
I’ve been saying it all along. Argo is the picture of the year. I said it way back before it won any awards, and now people are raving about how if it wins at the Oscars it will be because the Academy will vote for it because of its recent success. So why did the first few award voters vote for it? I honestly liked all the movies up for the award this year, but Lincoln is the only other complete movie. I felt the rest had their ups and downs. Argo for the win, because it deserves it, not because people are trying to save face.
~~BEST LEADING ACTOR~~
Nominees: Bradley Cooper, Daniel Day-Lewis, Hugh Jackman, Joaquin Phoenix, Denzel Washington
Bradley Cooper did a heck of a job in Silver Linings Playbook. But hands down this goes to Lincoln star Daniel Day-Lewis. The only one I didn’t see here is Phoenix.
~~BEST LEADING ACTRESS~~
Nominees: Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Emmanuelle Riva, Quvenzhané Wallis, Naomi Watts
I really didn’t like Chastain that much in Zero Dark Thirty. She did a great job, but I didn’t think the part was that great a performance. I hope Riva gets it, but I think Lawrence will.
Nominees: Amour (Michael Haneke), Beasts of the Southern Wild (Benh Zeitlin), Life of Pi (Ang Lee), Silver Linings Playbook (David O. Russell), Lincoln (Steven Spielberg)
Of course Affleck should be on here. I think Tom Hooper should be as well. I have a hard time picking this one, I think Affleck’s absence could drive people away from Spielberg on the “he’s won too many” mentality. Ang Lee did wonders with Life of Pi. Tough call, but give it to Spielberg.
~~BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR~~
Christoph Waltz, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robert De Niro, Alan Arkin, Tommy Lee Jones
Gosh, all these guys were great (I didn’t catch Hoffman). My favorite performance is a toss up between Waltz and De Niro. I say Waltz takes it, but maybe that’s just because I want him to.
~~BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS~~
Sally Field, Anne Hathaway, Jacki Weaver, Helen Hunt,Amy Adams
~~BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY~~
Zero Dark Thirty, Django Unchained, Moonrise Kingdom, Amour, Flight
Loved Moonrise, but it will be Django or Amour.
~~BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY~~
Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, Argo, Life of Pi, Beasts of the Southern Wild
It should be Life of Pi considering how most considered the novel to be unfilmable, but these are all good. It probably will be Argo, which I don’t mind at all. Beasts stands alone as a non-contender.
~~BEST ANIMATED FILM~~
Frankenweenie, The Pirates! Band of Misfits, Wreck-It Ralph, Paranorman, Brave
Brave is easily the worst one on here, but it still could win. Wreck-It Ralph should though.
~~BEST FOREIGN FILM~~
Amour, A Royal Affair, Kon-Tiki, No, War Witch
Hint: If only one film in a ‘Best Film’ category is up for Best Picture, it should win the category.
~~BEST VISUAL EFFECTS~~
Life of Pi, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Avengers, Prometheus, Snow White and the Huntsman
Andy Serkis in The Hobbit is almost enough to win this on his performance alone. Almost.
Skyfall, Anna Karenina, Django Unchained, Life of Pi, Lincoln
This film takes place in the middle of the Pacific Ocean for most of the time, yet there’s almost always something new going on.
~~BEST FILM EDITING~~
Argo, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty
~~BEST COSTUME DESIGN~~
Anna Karenina, Les Miserables, Lincoln, Mirror Mirror, Snow White and the Huntsman.
~~BEST MAKE-UP/HAIR STYLING~~
Hitchcock, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Les Miserables
~~BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN~~
Anna Karenina, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Lincoln
~~BEST ORIGINAL SCORE~~
Anna Karenina, Argo, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Skyfall
~~BEST ORIGINAL SONG~~
“Before My Time” from Chasing Ice, Everybody Needs a Best Friend from Ted, “Pi’s Lullaby” from Life of Pi, “Skyfall” from Skyfall, “Suddenly” from Les Miserables
Adele is virtually a lock to win this one.
~~BEST SOUND MIXING~~
Argo, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Skyfall
Say what you want about the film, but the vocals were clear and the sound brought you right into the film.
~~BEST SOUND EDITING~~
Argo, Django Unchained, Life of Pi, Skyfall, Zero Dark Thirty
~~BEST FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY~~
Five Broken Cameras, The Gatekeepers, How to Survive a Plague, The Invisible War, Searching for Sugar Man
~~BEST SHORT SUBJECT DOCUMENTARY~~
Inocente, Kings Point, Mondays at Racine, Open Heart, Redemption
~~BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM~~
Asad, Buzkashi Boys, Curfew, Death of a Shadow, Henry
~~BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM~~
Adam and Dog, Fresh Guacamole, Head over Heels, Maggie Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare,’ Paperman
Paperman was attached to Wreck-It Ralph and was the best animated short I’ve ever seen. However, I haven’t seen many.
EDIT NOTE: At 7:20pm on February 23rd, I made two last minute changes. I now predict that Jennifer Lawrence will win Best Actress instead of Jessica Chastain, and I finally gave in and now say that Brave will win Best Animated Film. I didn’t want to because Wreck-It Ralph deserves it, but I think Brave will win.