I’ll probably be wrong, but here are my Oscar picks…


This is the first time in many years that I really have almost no interest in the Oscars. Usually at least some teensy part of me wants to watch, to make some tasty snacks, and then shut it off ten minutes into the broadcast. Heck, one would think that curiosity about Billy Crystal’s return to hosting the shindig would tempt me—but it doesn’t. Maybe I will change my mind come Sunday and this post will be a big lie, but at this point it doesn’t look good.

 

In spite of my disinterest, I thought I would still post my picks. I will be lucky if I get even one correct. 🙂

 

Best Picture

The Artist –This film has all the right components of an Oscar winner—especially hype—so I will guess it takes home the little gold man. You will just have to trust it’s a gold statuette since the film is in black and white.

The Descendants

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

The Help

Hugo

Midnight in Paris

Moneyball

The Tree of Life

War Horse

Actor in a Leading Role

Demian Bichir, A Better Life

George Clooney, The Descendants

Jean Dujardin, The Artist—Remember the moment when Roberto Benigni won for Life is Beautiful? The excitement, the thrills, the heavily accented speech! I only wonder how many times thy will replay Dujardin’s acceptance speech on the news the following day.

Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Actress in a Leading Role

Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs

Viola Davis, The Help—It’s either Davis or Streep in this category.

Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn

Actor in a Supporting Role

Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn

Jonah Hill, Moneyball

Nick Nolte, Warrior

Christopher Plummer, Beginners—I haven’t seen this film yet, but I like Plummer. Plus, I don’t know if I can take Branagh seriously after Thor or forgive Hill for doing 21 Jump Street (it looks bad).

Max von Sydow, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Actress in a Supporting Role

Berenice Bejo, The Artist

Jessica Chastain, The Help

Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids

Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs

Octavia Spencer, The Help—Spencer has buzz and in Hollywood’s book, buzz=recognition (usually in award form).

 

Animated Feature Film

A Cat in Paris

Chico & Rita

Kung Fu Panda 2

Puss in Boots

Rango—Sure, this is the only film I’ve seen in this category. But it also has a unique look, so why not? 😉

 

Cinematography

The Artist—Why are most of the nominees in this category also best picture films? Can’t blockbusters or documentaries (or any film for that matter) also have great cinematography?

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Hugo

The Tree of Life

War Horse

Art Direction

The Artist

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2– Just ‘cuz I love me some HP.

Hugo

Midnight in Paris

War Horse

Costume Design

Anonymous

The Artist

Hugo—Show steam punk lite some love.

Jane Eyre

W.E.

Directing

Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Alexander Payne, The Descendants

Martin Scorsese, Hugo

Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

Terrence Malick, Tree of Life –Yeah, not sure this is a wise choice on my part, but I like to live life on the edge sometimes.

 

Documentary Feature

Hell and Back Again

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front

Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory—I wonder what percentage of Academy voters actually watch all the nominated films in the documentary and shorts categories?

Pina

Undefeated

Documentary Short

The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement

God is the Bigger Elvis

Incident in New Baghdad

Saving Face

The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom

Film Editing

The Artist

The Descendants

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo—The editing in the trailer looks cool, so that counts for something, right?

Hugo

Moneyball

Foreign Language Film

Belgium, Bullhead

Canada, Monseiur Lazhar

Iran, A Separation

Israel, Footnote

Poland, In Darkness

Makeup

Albert Nobbs

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2—While I realize the visual effects in HP are cool, I thought some of the make-up was extremely well done as well… But the Oscar will likely go to Albert Nobbs.

The Iron Lady

Music (Original Score)

The Adventures of Tintin, John Williams

The Artist, Ludovic Bource

Hugo, Howard Shore—It’s a tough choice between Shore and Williams and Williams. I am just banking on the vote being split between the double nomination for Williams and Shore taking home the prize.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Alberto Iglesias

War Horse, John Williams

 

Music (Original Song)

Man or Muppet” from The Muppets—Is there even a competition here?

“Real in Rio” from Rio

Short Film (Animated)

Dimanche/Sunday

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

La Luna

A Morning Stroll

Wild Life

Short Film (Live Action)

Pentecost

Raju

The Shore

Time Freak

Tuba Atlantic

Sound Editing

Drive

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Hugo

Transformers: Dark of the Moon—I’ve decided to choose Transformers in every category it is nominated—I can’t resist.

War Horse

Sound Mixing

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Hugo

Moneyball

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

War Horse

Visual Effects

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Hugo

Real Steel

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

The Descendants

Hugo

The Ides of March

Moneyball—What? No Transformers nomination in this category?

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Writing (Original Screenplay)

The Artist

Bridesmaids

Margin Call

Midnight in Paris

A Separation

There you have it: my Oscar predictions. I think I will celebrate if I get more than one pick correct 🙂 Thanks for reading and have a award-winning weekend!


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