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2013 Oscars Predictions
Ever since the Academy kicked Ben Affleck to the curb by not nominating him for his directorial efforts in the historical “mission impossible” known as “Argo,” this year’s Oscars earned its title as “the year of snubs.” Tune-in for an interesting night, as the 85th Annual Academy Awards, hosted by Seth Macfarlane (“Family Guy” TV series), commence take this Sunday, live on ABC at 7:35 p.m.
BEST PICTURE NOMINEES
- “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
- “Django Unchained”
- “Les Misérables”
- “Life of Pi”
- “Silver Linings Playbook”
- “Zero Dark Thirty”
Will win: Put your money on “Argo,” the film that has been racking up all the top honors, from the Golden Globes to the director and actor guilds.
Wild card: Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln.”
Should win: Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained.” I truly believe it was the finest film of 2012. It offered everything that a good movie should have.
BEST DIRECTOR NOMINEES
- Michael Haneke, “Amour”
- Benh Zeitlin, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
- Ang Lee, “Life of Pi”
- Steven Spielberg, “Lincoln”
- David O. Russell, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Will win: Well, with Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow (“Zero Dark Thirty”) out of the picture, it’s pretty clear that Spielberg is going to win.
Wild card: While it’s highly unlikely, keep a close eye on Russell, who directed four actors to nominations in “Silver Linings Playbook.”
Should win: Spielberg is one of the greatest filmmakers that have ever lived, and it’s because of him that we have so many timeless classics. I wouldn’t necessarily call “Lincoln” a classic but it’s a monumental achievement in historical filmmaking.
BEST ACTOR NOMINEES
- Bradley Cooper, “Silver Linings Playbook”
- Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”
- Hugh Jackman, “Les Misérables”
- Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master”
- Denzel Washington, “Flight”
Will win: Day-Lewis is a shoe-in. His performance was one for the books.
Wild card: No other actor stands a chance or else “there will be blood.”
Should win: As much as I love Day-Lewis, I would much rather see Phoenix walk away with the golden statue for Paul Thomas Anderson’s underrated “The Master.” Phoenix called the Oscars and its campaigning ludicrous. He’s right.
BEST ACTRESS NOMINEES
- Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty”
- Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”
- Emmanuelle Riva, “Amore”
- Quvenzhané Wallis, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
- Naomi Watts, “The Impossible”
Will win: The odds are definitely in Lawrence’s favor.
Wild card: Chastain seemed to have her win locked down, until controversy surfaced with the film’s use of torture, which also hurt Best Picture chances for “Zero Dark Thirty” as well.
Should win: I have been a fan of Lawrence since she earned her first Oscar nomination for “Winter’s Bone” (2010). Her performance in “Silver Linings Playbook” is nothing short of phenomenal – easily the best female acting performance of the year, next to Anne Hathaway.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR NOMINEES
- Alan Arkin, “Argo”
- Robert De Niro, “Silver Linings Playbook”
- Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”
- Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”
- Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained”
Will win: Tommy Lee Jones and his “grumpy cat”-grin will most likely take the award.
Wild card: Waltz won the Golden Globe and deservedly so.
Should win: While Lee Jones did steal the show in Lincoln, it was Waltz that had the most absorbing performance of last year. Let’s just say that he had my curiosity as Col. Hans Landa in “Inglourious Basterds” (2009). But now, he has my attention with “Django Unchained.”
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS NOMINEES
- Amy Adams, “The Master”
- Sally Field, “Lincoln”
- Anne Hathaway, “Les Misérables”
- Helen Hunt, “The Sessions”
- Jacki Weaver, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Will win: Hathaway.
Wild card: Sally Field, for her portrayal of the First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln.
Should win: Hathaway dropped 25 pounds, shaved her head and sang her heart out. The Academy loves that stuff.
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