The 85th Academy Awards Predictions

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It is fair to say that 2011 was a great disappointment for cinema, and I was beginning to wonder if Hollywood still had the flare that we had all grown to love. I was very optimistic going into 2012. Fortunately my worries were futile.

I believe that 2012 has been the best Oscar Class in recent memory. In the class of 2012 got such a beautiful mixture of everything. From a surprisingly fantastic Drama that premiered at Sundance (Beasts of the Southern Wild) to a movie about the heroism of two great nations coming together to save lives (Argo). These two mixed with a musical classic (Les Miserables), a visually stunning book adaptation (Life of Pi), a historical account of the killing of a terrorist (Zero Dark Thirty), and a French Drama about aging love (Amour). Top it off with a masterfully crafted spaghetti western (Django Unchained), a story of one of the greatest leaders of all time (Lincoln), and a well acted dram-com about two people both suffering from mental illness (Silver Linings Playbook), and you get what was most definitely the best year there has been in years. Here are my predictions for this great year… (I ordered each nominee in order of the likely hood of them receiving the award; therefore, #1 is obviously the movie that I think will win)

* indicates that the race is close between the * nominees

Best Picture

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

Best Actor 

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

Best Actress

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

Best Supporting Actor

  1. Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained)*
  2. Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln)*
  3. Robert de Niro (Silver Linings Playbook)*
  4. Phillip Seymour Hoffman (The Master)
  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 Director

  1. Stephen Spielberg (Lincoln)*
  2. Ang Lee (Life of Pi)*
  3. David O. Russel (Silver Linings Playbook)
  4. Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
  5. Micheal Haneke (Amour)

Best Original Screenplay

  1. Django Unchained (Quentin Tarantino)*
  2. Zero Dark Thirty (Mark Boal)*
  3. Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola)
  4. Amour (Micheal Haneke)
  5. Flight (John Gatins)

Best Adapted Screenplay

  1. Lincoln (Tony Kushner)*
  2. Argo (Chris Terrio)*
  3. Silver Linings Playbook (David O. Russel)
  4. Life of Pi (David Magee)
  5. Beasts of the Southern Wild (Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin)

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