Well, I guess I wouldn’t be much of a film blogger if I didn’t post my predications directly before the ceremony. So, with hours to spare, I will join the many other bloggers, critics, journalists and general movie lovers around the world (and the Web) in voicing my predictions for this year’s Oscars. And, my votes go to:
Best Picture – THE ARTIST – Wonderful film, loved the sentimentality and this movie has won nearly every award imaginable in regards to Best Picture win predictors, including the PGA, BAFTA, Independent Spirit, loads of critic circles and Golden Globe for Musical/Comedy.
Best Actor – JEAN DUJARDIN for THE ARTIST – Awesome performance without the use of words. Clooney could be the upset here, but I think Dujardin has this one in the bag.
Best Actress – VIOLA DAVIS for THE HELP – Meryl Streep might win this for her performance in The Iron Lady, but The Help was a more well recieved film overall and Streep already has two Oscars to her name and gets nominated literally almost every other year. Davis’s performance was poignant and inspiring and this is only her second nomination. Meryl will likely have chance time and again, so I’m going to put my money on Davis.
Best Supporting Actor – CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER for BEGINNERS – He’s already won his fair share this awards season and Plummer, at 82, has had a prolific career, but no Oscar wins. In this role as an aging homosexual who finally comes out of the closet at 75, Plummer picked a perfect role for a veteran actor taking a chance, and the Academy loves those kinds of chances and they love giving out veteran Oscar awards. Yet, one of my favorite actors, Peter O’Toole has been looked over time and again, eight times counting now.
Best Supporting Actress – OCTAVIA SPENCER for THE HELP – Spencer and Davis’s acting in this film were the highlight of this movie for me, and Spencer has proven tough to beat in this awards season. In my opinion, she’s the best performance on the roster in this category and I hope it pays off for her, though Bejo could come in for the surprise win.
Best Director – MICHEL HAZANAVICIUS for THE ARTIST – All signs (namely the DGA win) point to Hazanavicius winning this award. I’ll be shocked if he doesn’t get it, but the only real competition is Marty for Hugo.
Best Cinematography – EMMANUEL LUBEZKI for TREE OF LIFE – Beautifully shot, totally deserves the award and will be shocked if he doesn’t win. Disliked the movie overall, but can’t argue with this man’s amazing visual aesthetic.
Best Writing, Original Screenplay – WOODY ALLEN for MIDNIGHT IN PARIS – Woody’s best film in years and a deserved win for an amazing filmmaker.
Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay – ALEXANDER PAYNE, NAT FAXON and JIM RASH for THE DESCENDANTS – Big player in the awards season line up who will likely get its due in this award.
Best Animated Feature – RANGO – Gut Feeling here.
Best Foreign Language Film – A SEPARATION – ditto.
Best Editing – THELMA SCHOONMAKER for HUGO – Because this brilliant film deserves something and Schoonmaker is a brilliant editor, one of the best in the industry.
Best Costume Design, Best Art Direction and Best Original Score – THE ARTIST
Best Original Song – “Man or Muppet” from THE MUPPETS
Best Visual Effects and Best Makeup – HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART II – Because I love Harry Potter and think it should win.
Any of the other categories I’m afraid I don’t have enough of a basis to predict properly. We’ll see how right (or wrong) I am quite soon – hope you all enjoy the ceremony and aren’t too tired tomorrow morning!!