So this means I can have a bit of fun and make some educated predictions instead of randomly ticking boxes like I'd done with previous ballots! I'll only be making predictions for categories that I have strong opinions for, i.e. I won't be making predictions for the best short or best animated short because I haven't seen any of them.
In this post I'm going to HIGHLIGHT IN YELLOW the film/person I think will win and HIGHLIGHT IN BLUE the film/person I personally want to win. If it's yellow, it means me and the Academy both agree. Phew, all clear? Let's get started then!
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Life of Pi
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty
Out of the above, Life of Pi is my winner as it's both entertaining, thematically rich and artistically beautiful. It pleases on multiple levels. To catch more of my thoughts on Life of Pi, read my review. Unfortunately, I think Lincoln will win because it's a period Spielberg piece on a well-loved public figure.
BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
This seems nailed on as a Daniel Day-Lewis win but he really does deserve (potentially) his third Oscar. His performance is the strongest part of Lincoln. The man was born to play the role. I'd also like to add that Denis Lavant was completely robbed of a nomination for his role in Holy Motors...
BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
For similar reasons to DDL, Jessica Chastain is such an imposing figure in Zero Dark Thirty. She IS the film. I think this is quite a tough category to predict as apart from Jennifer Lawrence, all of the above have a great chance of winning. I wouldn't mind too much if Naomi Watts won either as I'm a big fan.
|Chastain is due an Oscar and she may just find it at the weekend.|
BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Robert De Niro
Phillip Seymour Hoffman
Tommy Lee Jones
I predict Waltz to walk away with the gong although I personally think his performance as Dr Schultz is too similar to his one as Hans Landa. If I had my way, I'd give the award to Tommy Lee Jones. I know this means I've now given two awards to Lincoln and after saying I didn't like it but the performances were great okay? I just had problems with the story and length. Can I also ask, why is Alan Arkin in this category? He barely made an impression in Argo...
BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
I've only seen two of these performances and they were Jacki Weaver's in Silver Linings Playbook and Sally Field's in Lincoln. Neither performance wowed me and the rest of the films I've yet to see. However, the hype and media surrounding Anne Hathaway surely make her the favourite. Either way, I'd give the award to Amy Adams because she's a stunner and she's lost three times already.
David O. Russell
I really, really, really hope Ang Lee wins this and I suspect he will. Life of Pi wasn't described as an 'unfilmable' book for no reason and yet he achieved it. I'm quite disappointed that Sam Mendes isn't here for Skyfall but whatcha gonna do?
|Ang, you've got my vote com padre!|
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Pirates! Band of Misfits
If Brave wins I'm gonna be super pissed off. It's not a bad film (it's actually quite good) but it's one of Pixar's weakest. Wreck-It Ralph was by far a better film in every aspect. I also wouldn't mind if ParaNorman won because a lot of love was put into making it. But I have a horrible feeling that the Academy will chose Brave over both of them because of its female-empowering character.
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
A Royal Affair
Surely if Amour is up for Best Picture, it wins Best Foreign Language Film by default? I mean, surely that's logical. I feel sorry for the other film-makers, there's no point in turning up. May as well save themselves the cost of the plane ticket and hotel fee's.
BEST WRITING - ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Chris Terrio (Argo)
Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
David Magee (Life Of Pi)
Tony Kushner (Lincoln)
David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)
I'd like Chris Terrio to win for his Argo script and I think he stands a good chance. To be fair, I think they're all deserving winners (other than Alibar and Zeitlin who's film I've yet to see).
|Argo deserves some recognition so I'll give it best adapted screenplay.|
BEST WRITING - ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Michael Haneke (Amour)
Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained)
John Gatins (Flight)
Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola (Moonrise Kingdom)
Mark Boal (Zero Dark Thirty)
I'd love to see Tarantino claim this award as it would be a shame to see Django Unchained walk away empty handed. However, Mark Boal offers up some sturdy competition and his script has got a lot of people talking. Boal could edge it.
Life of Pi
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Life of Pi
The Hobbit has to win this, right? I mean they built a whole forest inside a studio. The sheer scale of The Hobbit is frightening. But then Les Miserables exists...
As for sound-track, sound mixing, best documentary and the others, I don't have enough knowledge to make confident predictions so I'll leave those to the experts.
Think I'm talking a load of crap? Reckon you can beat my predictions? Write your own Oscar predictions in the comment box below and we'll see who comes out victorious!