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As you are probably already aware, the 85th Academy Awards are next Sunday, February 24th! This year’s race to the Oscar is a little more exciting as there is some intense competition in major categories. Sure, Anne Hathaway and Daniel Day-Lewis already have their prospective trophies basically handed to them, however, the race for Best Picture, Director, Actress, and Supporting Actor could go any which way. This ceremony could add some much needed excitement to the marathon ceremony.
So let’s cut to the chase! I will only be going over the nominees for major categories because college does not let you have much time for anything. Now, here are my predictions for this year’s Oscar nominees:
Amy Adams for The Master
Sally Field for Lincoln
Anne Hathaway for Les Misérables
Helen Hunt for The Sessions
Jacki Weaver for Silver Linings Playbook
Who Will Win: Hathaway
Who Should Win: Adams
Dark Horse: None
Is there really any doubt that Hathaway will win? The young actress has campaigned the hell out of her small role in Les Mis, and while the film polarized fans, everyone cites Hathaway as the best or only good thing about it. So please Anne, have a genuine speech ready!
In case you haven’t seen the parody of Hathaway’s performance:
Alan Arkin for Argo
Robert De Niro for Silver Linings Playbook
Philip Seymour Hoffman for The Master
Tommy Lee Jones for Lincoln
Christoph Waltz for Django Unchained
Who Will Win: Jones
Who Should Win: Waltz
Dark Horse: De Niro
Shoulda Been There: Leonardo DiCaprio for Django Unchained
While it may be boring that no first time winner will be taking home a trophy in this category, there is some excitement as to who will win. Jones may be the frontrunner, yet his lead is minuscule. The Academy has a soft spot for De Niro, so do not be surprised if the acting legend takes home his first Oscar in over twenty years! This race is a tricky one so be prepared.
Michael Haneke for Amour
Ang Lee for Life of Pi
David O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook
Steven Spielberg for Lincoln
Benh Zeitlin for Beasts of the Southern Wild
Who Will Win: Spielberg
Who Should Win: Russell
Dark Horse: Lee
Shoulda Been There: Ben Affleck for Argo
A typical sausage fest as Kathryn Bigelow got bumped out, yet the biggest snub has to be Ben Affleck’s omission for Argo. With those two down it seems that Spielberg has it in the bag. We cannot count out Russell nor Lee as they both have a solid fan base with films that engage a broad audience. Zeitlin and Haneke seem like honorary nominees, but stranger things have happened and one of them could have the award at the end of the night.
Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva for Amour
Quvenzhané Wallis for Beasts of the Southern Wild
Naomi Watts for The Impossible
Who Will/Should Win:Lawrence or Chastain
Dark Horse: Riva
Shoulda Been There: Marion Cotillard for Rust & Bone
Back in the summer, the Best Actress race was deemed “boring” with Marion Cotillard and Keira Knightley being the only possible nominees. Fastforward five months and neither of those actress even picked up a nomination. Jessica Chastain and Jessica Lawrence are duking it out for the prize, but a lesser known third party has been known to sneak the prize away from two frontrunners on numerous occasions. This may be the category that is most up in the air so watch it with intensity next Sunday.
Bradley Cooper for Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln
Hugh Jackman for Les Misérables
Joaquin Phoenix for The Master
Denzel Washington for Flight
Who Will/Should Win: Day-Lewis
Dark Horse: None
Daniel Day-Lewis will make history. There is no doubt about it. He will be the only actor to ever win three Oscar for Best Actor. Kudos to all the other nominees, but they best get their congratulatory faces in order.
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Life of Pi
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty
Who Will Win: Argo
Who Should Win: Zero Dark Thirty
Dark Horse: Lincoln
Shoulda Been There: Moonrise Kingdom
Perhaps the most intriguing Best Picture race in years! There is a wide array of nominees from many different genres and backgrounds. Then there is the fact that Argo has a definite shot at winning the grand prize when it lacks a director nomination, which is a feat that has not been done since Driving Miss Daisy at the 1990 Oscars. Yet keep in mind, Lincoln leads the pack with twelve nominations, and history shows that the film with the most nominations takes the cake. However, we all know History can be misleading, and I see this film going any which way. With the exception of Les Mis, all of these films have defied expectations and could deservingly win the grand prize.
There you have it! That was my stab at predicting the 85th Academy Awards! The ceremony will air next Sunday, February 24th. For a full list on nominees click here. Don’t forget to leave a comment below, and try your best to get out to the theater and see these terrific nominees. Happy moviegoing!