My 2013 Oscar Picks.
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Django Unchained
- Les Misérables
- Life of Pi
- Silver Linings Playbook
- Zero Dark Thirty
Who Will Win: Argo
Who Should Win: Argo
Who Could Win: Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook
Who Got Snubbed: The Dark Knight Rises, The Master, Looper
This years race has gotten interesting. If you would have asked me when the nominee were named this year, I wouldn’t have given Argo much of a chance, especially since Mr. Affleck was snubbed for the Directing category. I really thought Lincoln was going to take this category, which would have been a shame because I personally thought it wasn’t all that entertaining. Same thing with Life of Pi. But can Silver Linings Playbook, which seems to have captured the heart of critics and movie-goers alike (including me), pull off an upset? We’ll see, eh?
- Ang Lee, Life of Pi
- Benh Zeitlin, Beast of the Southern Wild
- David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
- Michael Haneke, Amour
- Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
Who Will Win: Steven Spielberg
Who Should Win: Ben Affleck (Argo)
Who Could Win: David O. Russell
Who Got Snubbed: Ben Affleck (Argo), Rian Johnson (Looper), Christoper Nolan (The Dark Knight Rises), Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty)
There is a chance Argo may not take home the Best Picture trophy, But Ben Affleck hands down will take home the dire- oh, wait, he wasn’t nominated. Which is a bit crazy to me. There’s no reason for him not to be. His directing is superb in Argo. But that’s not going to happen. So I guess Spielberg is taking home the statue, even though David O. Russell is more deserving.
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
- Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
- Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
- Denzel Washington, Flight
- Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
- Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Who Will Win: Daniel Day-Lewis
Who Should Win: Bradley Cooper
Who Could Win: Denzel Washington
Who Got Snubbed: Daniel Craig (Skyfall)
If I haven’t made it apparent yet, I found Lincoln to be a mediocre film. But I will concede that Daniel Day-Lewis is very good in the role of the 16th President. Better than Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook? No, not really. But Lewis has been the favorite in all the other awards shows this year. And if the Academy is anything, it likes to play it safe in its selections.
ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
- Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
- Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
- Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
- Naomi Watts, The Impossible
- Quvenzhane Wallis, Beast of the Southern Wild
Who Will Win: Jennifer Lawrence
Who Should Win: Jennifer Lawrence
Who Could Win: Jessica Chastain, Naomi Watts
Who Got Snubbed: ?
For whatever reason, every year this category is the biggest mystery for me because I never seem to have a chance to see the films these amazing ladies have starred in sadly. The only two I have seen are Zero Dark Thirty and Silver Linings Playbook. Of the two I would pick Lawrence, who is pure electricity this year.
ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
- Alan Arkin, Argo
- Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
- Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
- Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook
- Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Who Will Win: Robert De Niro
Who Should Win: Robert De Niro
Who Could Win: Any of them
Who Got Snubbed: Leonardo DiCaprio (Django Unchained)
This is going to be the most interesting category of the night to me. There is no predictability here. Anyone can take home the statue, and worthy of it too. But I think De Niro will be the one walking away with it. In one of his best performances in years, how could he not? The only thing that would have made it more interesting is if Leo DiCaprio has received a nod.
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
- Amy Adams, The Master
- Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
- Helen Hunt, The Sessions
- Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook
- Sally Fields, Lincoln
Who Will Win: Anne Hathaway
Who Should Win: Anne Hathaway
Who Could Win: Anne Hathaway
Who Got Snubbed: Kerry Washington (Django Unchained)
How did Sally Fields get a nomination? I mean that was probably the worst aspect of Lincoln for me. As I said, The Academy likes to play it safe. Any who, Anne Hathaway will win this category and rightly so. Her heartbreaking and fearless rendition of “I Dreamed A Dream” is enough to cement her brief but brilliant performance in Les Miserables as a win.
Well, that’s it- the six big categories. There are a few others that have my interest as well like the short film category but I save that for the Twittercast. If you want to hear my thoughts and comments on the 85th Oscars you can follow my Twitter, @KevinAE. Then again you could just enjoy this celebration of film without my probable annoying Tweets.