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Feb 15, 2013

85th Academy Awards - My Final Predictions.

                   So would it be Argo that will eventually win the best picture award with the possible screenplay and editing prizes? Is the director prize really going to Spielberg or we are going to see a surprise winner? Will Zero Dark Thirty win anything at all? Is Life of Pi this year's Hugo? There are thousands of questions in our minds right now as this year's award season turned out to be quite unpredictable in the start, its still is in many categories but best picture looks like it belongs to Argo after the many accolades it got mainly from the guilds. Its honestly the talk of the town, a movie, its stars and makers as well as its content, the story and the "Argo fuck yourself" kind of dialogues that people are just going crazy for. Its simply ridiculous that Zero Dark Thirty caught up in the stupid controversy or else it was suppose to win damn it! I am not sure if the Ben Affleck snub in the director category at the Oscars gave his movie the edge because it was already there, the award bodies always supports the least offensive films which is something i really hate specially when it comes to critics. Critics speaks and thinks and writes for themselves, why on earth did they decided to suddenly join the crowd and start hating the amazing movie that is Zero Dark Thirty? It was winning best film and director prizes one after the other but then Argo which was the exact opposite entertaining politics based movie that started getting the limelight. And whatever happened to the Spielberg/lovable president biography/serious film love that everyone was suppose to give it? And don't even get me started on the Silver Linings Playbook bashing that is going on just because its a romantic comedy.

                   Its either Argo, Silver Linings Playbook or Lincoln that is winning the main prize. The director prize can go to anyone apparently. No one else is winning the best actor award except Daniel Day-Lewis as well as supporting actress prize that belongs to Anne Hathaway only. Lead actress is pretty much between Jennifer Lawrence and Emmanuelle Riva now. Supporting actor has all the awarded actors in it. Except for Alan Arkin, every one of them have won some prizes for their performance this year. The critical edge goes to Hoffman while the general consensus screams of Jones. Waltz in his typical performance as the Tarantino movie star (which have already earned him a prize just a few years ago) he did won the Globe and BAFTA but i don't see him winning the Oscar. And then there is DeNiro in his best performance since God knows when so it can be anyone here. The technical categories belongs to Life of Pi. I will hope that Zero Dark Thirty at least gets the original Screenplay prize.

Well below are my final predictions for the upcoming Academy Awards that will honor the best in cinema for the year 2012:

Note: The numbering indicates their chances of winning. The ones on number 1 are my predicted winners while the nominees with star in front of them are my preferred winners.

Best Picture

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

Best Director

1) David O. Russell – Silver Linings Playbook
2) Steven Spielberg – Lincoln
3) Michael Haneke – Amour*
4) Ang Lee – Life of Pi
5) Benh Zeitlin – Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Lead Actor

1) Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln
2) Hugh Jackman – Les Miserables
3) Joaquin Phoenix – The Master*
4) Denzel Washington – Flight
5) Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook

Best Lead Actress

1) Emanuelle Riva – Amour
2) Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
3) Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty*
4) Naomi Watts – The Impossible
5) Quvenzhane Wallis - Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Supporting Actor

1) Robert De Niro – Silver Linings Playbook
2) Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln
3) Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master*
4) Christoph Waltz – Django Unchained
5) Alan Arkin – Argo

Best Supporting Actress

1) Anne Hathaway – Les Miserables*
2) Sally Field – Lincoln
3) Helen Hunt – The Sessions
4) Amy Adams – The Master
5) Jacki Weaver - Silver Linings Playbook

Best Original Screenplay

1) Zero Dark Thirty*
2) Amour
3) Django Unchained
4) Moonrise Kingdom
5) Flight

Best Adapted Screenplay

1) Argo
2) Lincoln
3) Silver Linings Playbook*
4) Life of Pi
5) Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Animated Feature

1) Wreck-It Ralph
2) Frankenweenie*
3) ParaNorman
4) Brave
5) Pirates! A Band of Misfits

Best Foreign Language Film

1) Amour*
2) War Witch
3) No
4) A Royal Affair
5) Kon-Tiki

Best Documentary Feature

1) Searching for Sugar Man
2) How to Survive a Plague
3) The Invisible War
4) The Gatekeepers
5) 5 Broken Cameras

Best Cinematography

1) Life of Pi
2) Skyfall*
3) Anna Karenina
4) Lincoln
5) Django Unchained

Best Film Editing

1) Argo
2) Zero Dark Thirty*
3) Life of Pi
4) Lincoln
5) Silver Linings Playbook

Best Production Design

1) Anna Karenina*
2) Les Miserables
3) Life of Pi
4) Lincoln
5) The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Best Visual Effects

1) Life of Pi*
2) The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
3) Prometheus
4) The Avengers
5) Snow White and the Huntsman

Best Costume Design

1) Anna Karenina
2) Mirror Mirror*
3) Les Miserables
4) Lincoln
5) Snow White and the Huntsman

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

1) The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
2) Les Miserables*
3) Hitchcock

Best Music – Original Score

1) Life of Pi*
2) Skyfall
3) Lincoln
4) Anna Karenina
5) Argo

Best Music – Original Song

1) "Skyfall" – Skyfall*
2) "Pi’s Lullaby" – Life of Pi
3) "Suddenly" – Les Miserables
4) "Everybody Needs a Best Friend" – Ted
5) "Before My Time" – Chasing Ice

Best Sound Editing

1) Life of Pi
2) Skyfall*
3) Zero Dark Thirty*
4) Argo
5) Django Unchained

Best Sound Mixing

1) Les Miserables*
2) Life of Pi
3) Skyfall
4) Lincoln
5) Argo

Best Animated Short Film

1) Paperman
2) Head Over Heels
3) Maggie Simpson: The Longest Daycare
4) Adam and Dog
5) Fresh Guacamole

Best Documentary Short Film

1) Open Heart
2) Inocente

3) King’s Point
4) Redemption
5) Mondays at Racine

Best Live-Action Short Film

1) Curfew
2) Bushkazi Boys
3) Death of a Shadow
4) Asad
5) Henry