Joey O’Hern Staff Writer
Ladies and gents the countdown is on to this years Academy Awards or as most people refer to it, the Oscars! With a new host and a long list of A list celebrities lined up to present and even perform (don’t act like you aren’t excited to see Adele) this ceremony could be the one to make the Oscars cool again (I think we all remember that James Franco as a host catastrophe). So here are my final predictions of who should win and who will win:
And the nominees are:
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: Argo
I see every movie nominated for Best Picture and from what I’ve seen “Argo” is probably going to take home the gold. Not only has it basically swept every award show up till the Oscars but also there is still some “Poor Ben” mentality going around since Ben Affleck was snubbed for Best Director and if we’re being honest a pity vote goes a long way. The only one that I think might pull the biggest upset of the night is “Silver Linings Playbook” which is the only movie to have an acting nomination in each category and is currently campaigning hard.
Best Actor in a Leading Role:Bradley Cooper, Daniel Day-Lewis, Hugh Jackman, Joaquin Phoenix, Denzel Washington
Who Will Win: Daniel Day Lewis
Who Should Win: Daniel Day Lewis
Don’t get me wrong, I think Daniel Day Lewis is superb in “Lincoln” gives a great performance and one like no other but I wouldn’t mind seeing Bradley Cooper pull an upset. I think his performance in “Silver Linings Playbook” not only proved that he could be a leading man but do more than bromance movies and a romantic comedy here and there. This award I believe could be Hugh Jackman’s if Day Lewis wasn’t nominated and honestly, Denzel is just surprised he got nominated.
Best Actress in a Leading Role:Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Emmanuelle Riva, Quvenzhané Wallis, Naomi Watts
Who Will Win: Jessica Chastain
Who Should Win: Jennifer Lawrence
I’ve seen “Zero Dark Thirty” and I love Jessica Chastain but I don’t get the buzz to be around this performance. Was she great? Yes. Was she better then Jennifer Lawrence? Not even close. Jennifer gives an incredibly moving performance that not only makes you laugh but in the next second crying for her. Unfortunately the Academy is usually a stickler for the younger artist getting awards so early in their career so Jessica will probably get it just for being older. I do love them both though and I’m saying it now that Jessica Chastain is the next Meryl Streep.
Best Actor in a Supporting Role:Alan Arkin, Robert De Niro, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Tommy Lee Jones, Christoph Waltz
Who Will Win: Tommy Lee Jones
Who Should Win: Robert De Niro
By now you probably think I’m biased for “Silver Linings Playbook” but I really do think this role was the comeback role for Robert De Niro. But unless the Academy voters get bold the award will go to Tommy Lee Jones, maybe he’ll be happier than he was at the Golden Globes?
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Amy Adams, Sally Field, Anne Hathaway, Helen Hunt, Jacki Weaver
Who Will Win: Anne Hathaway
Who Should Win: Anne Hathaway
If we’re going to be completely honest, Anne Hathaway was the single best thing about “Les Miserables” and she’ll be awarded for that performance on Oscar night. As soon as I walked out of the theatre I tweeted that Anne needed to start writing her acceptance speech. I’m sure there are some people who will vote for Sally Field which much like De Niro her latest role in “Lincoln” is most certainly a comeback but that trophy is Anne’s and anyone in the business knows it.
Best Director: Michael Haneke (Amour), Benh Zeitlin (Beast of the Southern Wild), Ang Lee (Life of Pi), Steven Spielberg (Lincoln), David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)
Who Will Win: Steven Spielberg
Who Should Win: David O. Russell
Usually history shows the Academy voters give the gold to the director of the Best Picture winner. However I think the award for Best Director will go to Spielberg as a “sorry that Argo won Best Picture” sort of award. I thought “Beast Of The Southern Wild” was great and wouldn’t mind seeing the little movie that could shock everyone and take it.
That’s all I’ve to folks. Be sure to watch this years Academy Awards with Seth MacFarlane as host, Sunday February 24 starting at 8:30pm on ABC. Feel free to follow along as I live tweet the show!