Saturday, February 23, 2013

Oscar Winners Final Predictions

With the Oscars coming up on Sunday evening and everyone making predictions of their own, I have decided to make my predictions as well (for most of the categories). Some were a little harder to decide than others:


Best Picture

Here's how I, personally, rank the 9 nominees:

1. Argo
2. Lincoln
3. Silver Linings Playbook
4. Django Unchained
5. Life of Pi
6. Les Miserables
7. Beasts of the Southern Wild
8. Zero Dark Thirty
9. Amour

Who Will Win: The winner will probably be Argo, but Lincoln could give it a run for its money. It could go either way. The only dark horse, in my opinion, would be Silver Linings Playbook. The other films were great, but knowing these Academy voters, I'm pretty sure none of them will have a chance.

Who Should Win: Argo


Best Actor

Nominees:

-Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
-Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook)
-Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables)
-Joaquin Phoenix (The Master)
-Denzel Washington (Flight)

Who Will Win: Daniel Day-Lewis

Who Should Win: Daniel Day-Lewis


Best Actress

Nominees:

-Emmanuelle Riva (Amour)
-Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty)
-Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)
-Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
-Naomi Watts (The Impossible)

Who Will Win: Jennifer Lawrence

Who Should Win: Emmanuelle Riva


Best Supporting Actor

Nominees:

-Alan Arkin (Argo)
-Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master)
-Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln)
-Robert DeNiro (Silver Linings Playbook)
-Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained)

Who Will Win: Robert DeNiro or Tommy Lee Jones

Who Should Win: Robert DeNiro or Tommy Lee Jones


Best Supporting Actress

Nominees:

-Amy Adams (The Master)
-Sally Field (Lincoln)
-Helen Hunt (The Sessions)
-Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook)
-Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables)

Who Will Win: Anne Hathaway

Who Should Win: Anne Hathaway


Animated Feature

Nominees:

-Brave
-Frankenweenie
-Wreck-It Ralph
-ParaNorman
-The Pirates! Band of Misfits

Who Will Win: Wreck-It Ralph or Brave

Who Should Win: Frankenweenie


Cinematography

Nominees:

-Anna Karenina
-Django Unchained
-Life of Pi
-Lincoln
-Skyfall

Who Will Win: Life of Pi

Who Should Win: Life of Pi or Lincoln


Costume Design

Nominees:

-Anna Karenina
-Les Miserables
-Lincoln
-Mirror Mirror
-Snow White and the Huntsman

Who Will Win: Les Miserables

Who Should Win: Anna Karenina


Directing

Nominees:

-Steven Spielberg (Lincoln)
-Ang Lee (Life of Pi)
-David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)
-Michael Haneke (Amour)
-Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild)

Who Will Win: This is a tough one this year since there is no front runner. However, it will probably be either Steven Spielberg (Lincoln) or Ang Lee (Life of Pi), but I'm leaning more towards Spielberg.

Who Should Win: Ben Affleck (Argo)--oh wait, he wasn't nominated. Umm, then Steven Spielberg, I guess.


Film Editing

Nominees:

-Argo
-Life of Pi
-Lincoln
-Silver Linings Playbook
-Zero Dark Thirty

Who Will Win: Argo

Who Should Win: Argo


Foreign Film

Nominees:

-Amour (Austria)
-Kon-Tiki (Norway)
-No (Chile)
-A Royal Affair (Denmark)
-War Witch (Canada)

Who Will Win: Amour

Who Should Win: Amour


Makeup and Hairstyling

Nominees:

-Hitchcock
-The Hobbit
-Les Miserables

Who Will Win: The Hobbit

Who Should Win: Les Miserables


Original Score

Nominees:

-Anna Karenina
-Argo
-Life of Pi
-Lincoln
-Skyfall

Who Will Win: Life of Pi

Who Should Win: Lincoln


Original Song

Nominees:

-"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

Who Will Win: "Skyfall" from Skyfall

Who Should Win: "Pi's Lullaby" from Life of Pi (sorry)


Production Design

Nominees:

-Anna Karenina
-The Hobbit
-Les Miserables
-Lincoln
-Life of Pi

Who Will Win: Anna Karenina

Who Should Win: Life of Pi or Lincoln


Sound Editing

Nominees:

-Argo
-Django Unchained
-Life of Pi
-Skyfall
-Zero Dark Thirty

Who Will Win: Life of Pi

Who Should Win: Life of Pi or Skyfall


Sound Mixing

Nominees:

-Argo
-Les Miserables
-Lincoln
-Life of Pi
-Skyfall

Who Will Win: Les Miserables

Who Should Win: Les Miserables or Life of Pi


Visual Effects

Nominees:

-The Hobbit
-Life of Pi
-The Avengers
-Prometheus
-Snow White and the Huntsman

Who Will Win: Life of Pi

Who Should Win: Life of Pi


Adapted Screenplay

Nominees:

-Argo
-Beasts of the Southern Wild
-Life of Pi
-Lincoln
-Silver Linings Playbook

Who Will Win: Argo

Who Should Win: Lincoln


Original Screenplay

Nominees:

-Amour
-Django Unchained
-Flight
-Moonrise Kingdom
-Zero Dark Thirty

Who Will Win: Amour or Django Unchained

Who Should Win: Django Unchained

2013 Oscar Snubs

So, one of my top 5 favorite things to do in the world is to complain about the Academy and their decisions to nominate (or lack thereof) certain films or people compete for their prestigious awards. Here is my own personal list of who I felt could have been included in this year's race. Many of these are widely known across the Oscarverse as snubs, while some of them may not be as agreed upon. I know I'm a little late on the snub post, but better late than never I guess.


Best Picture

Snub: Skyfall...although this is the first year in forever where I actually like all of the Best Picture nominees, I do think that there is room for, in my opinion, one of the top Bond films of all time, as well as one of the best films of the year.

Who It Should Replace: Well, since there are only 9 nominees and the cap is 10, it could fit on without any of the current ones being taken off. But if you had to take one off, it could probably be Amour.

Honorable Mention: Robot & Frank and Seven Psychopaths should have at least been talked about a little bit more.

Best Actor

Snub: John Hawkes in The Sessions. I would also make a case for Tom Hardy in Lawless.

Who He Should Replace: Denzel Washington in Flight. Although Denzel's performance was great, Hawkes' was career-defining and so much more convincing. In such a great year for leading actor performances, it's hard to place Denzel above a handfull others who, in my opinion, should be there instead.

Honorable Mention: Tom Hardy in Lawless, Richard Gere in Arbitrage, Anthony Hopkins in Hitchcock, Bill Murray in Hyde Park on Hudson, and several others....This is the reason why I've always felt that the Best Actor category should be like the Best Picture category and have between 5 and 10 nominees depending on the vote percentage.

Best Actress

Snub: Helen Mirren in Hitchcock AND Marion Cotillard in Rust and Bone

Who They Should Replace: Naomi Watts in The Impossible, and Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty

Best Supporting Actor

Snub: Javier Bardem in Skyfall, and Samuel L. Jackson in Django Unchained.

Who They Should Replace: Alan Arkin in Argo, and Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Master.

Honorable Mention: Dwight Henry in Beasts of the Southern Wild, and I'll probably get shunned for saying this, but I think Giovanni Ribisi would have been an interesting candidate for his role in Ted. Yeah, sure, he probably shouldn't have gotten nominated over these others, but he should have at least been talked about in contention.

Best Supporting Actress

Snub: Any one that's not Amy Adams in The Master

Who They Should Replace: Amy Adams in The Master. I still have no idea how she got nominated.

Best Director

Snub: Ben Affleck for Argo, AND Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained

Who They Should Replace: Michael Haneke for Amour, and Benh Zeitlin for Beasts of the Southern Wild

Honorable Mention: Tom Hooper for Les Miserables. I don't think Kathryn Bigelow should be here, despite popular belief.

Best Animated Feature

Snub: Rise of the Guardians...much reminiscent of last year's Arthur Christmas, which was also a Christmas film and failed to get nominated.

Who It Should Replace: The Pirates! Band of Misfits

Best Foreign Language Film

Snub: The Intouchables

Who It Should Replace: A Royal Affair

Best Original Screenplay

Snub: Looper AND Seven Psychopaths

Who They Should Replace: Moonrise Kingdom and Zero Dark Thirty

Best Adapted Screenplay

Snub: There are a few screenplays, such as The Sessions, or The Hobbit, or The Dark Knight Rises, or even The Avengers that could be considered here, but I'm not sure that I would be able to replace any of the existing nominees.

Who They Should Replace: If I had to choose, I would pick Beasts of the Southern Wild.

Best Original Score

Snub: Cloud Atlas or Beasts of the Southern Wild

Who It Should Replace: Anna Karenina

Honorable Mention: The Hobbit

Technical Categories

Snub: Cloud Atlas for Production Design, to replace The Hobbit

Snub: The Dark Knight Rises for Sound Editing, to replace Argo