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2013 Oscar Predictions!

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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:

Best Supporting Actress:

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:

Best Supporting Actor:

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.

Best Director:

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.

Best Actress:

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.

Best Actor:

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.

Best Picture:

Amour
Argo
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Django Unchained
Les Misérables
Life of Pi
Lincoln
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!

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5 comments on “2013 Oscar Predictions!

  1. GaryLee828
    February 18, 2013

    Make a decision – make a decision! Chastain or Lawrence? Get off the fence! 🙂

    I like Jessica Chastain better, but as far as the actual performances I would say Lawrence deserves it. Jessica Chastain will win an Oscar in the near future, but I don’t think her role in 0DT is worthy simply b/c it didn’t really call for her to do all that much. She executed it well as always, but the role just didn’t really push the envelope much. Jennifer Lawrence’s role required more, so I would say she should get it in this particular case.

    Nice blog you have here; give mine a gander if you get a chance. 🙂

    • kevinsmovies
      February 18, 2013

      Hi Gary,

      Making a decision between two great performances is very difficult! Lawrence definitely had a greater range in her performance, yet Chastain’s simplicity fascinated me. Both are amazing actresses and I know that they will be nominated again so I content with either winning.

      I will definitely check out your blog 🙂

  2. allchus
    February 24, 2013

    I like your aproach – Who will win and Who should win, that’s so true 😀
    So sorry for Leonardo DiCaprio and Moonrise Kingdom, they really should have been nominated.

    • kevinsmovies
      February 24, 2013

      Hi allchus,

      Thank you so much 🙂

      The Oscars can sometimes ignore movies that are a bit unconventional, like Moonrise and Django, but us movie fans know what’s up 😉

      Glad you enjoyed!

      • allchus
        February 24, 2013

        That’s right 😉
        Have a look at my predictions if you fancy.

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