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Saturday, February 23, 2013

My 2013 Oscar Predictions

Okay...Here we go...Once again I'm posting my annual list of Oscar predictions. Sometimes I'm right and sometimes I'm wrong. LOL. I have seen every film nominated and every film in which the nominees have starred. So here are my picks for this year:
Best Picture: Argo.
Best Director: Steven Spielberg for Lincoln.
Best Actor: Daniel Day Lewis in Lincoln.
Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook.
Best Supporting Actor: Tommy Lee Jones in Lincoln.
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway in Les Miserables.
Best Original Song: Skyfall by Adele and Paul Epworth.
Argo should easily win Best Picture because of the immense and overwhelming backlash the Academy received for not giving Ben Affleck a Best Director nomination. He certainly deserved the nod, but I believe Spielberg still had the edge in the event the Academy hadn't pooped in its nest and honored Affleck as well. Although never count out a Steven Spielberg film in this category. Lincoln could still upset the odds on favorite, Argo.
Steven Spielberg is my hands down pick for Best Director. I cannot foresee an upset in this category. He deserves it. Lincoln is a masterpiece.
Ditto for Daniel Day Lewis as Best Actor. His performance in Lincoln is his opus. No other performance in film this year can rival his turn as the 16th President of the United States.
Jennifer Lawrence looks to be the shoe-in for Best Actress. Her performance in Silver Linings Playbook is outstanding. The only possible upset for her would be if Naomi Watts takes it for The Impossible, another standout job well done. The Academy has surprised us before, but I'm still betting on Lawrence.
Tommy Lee Jones deserves a second Oscar at this year's ceremony. His role in Lincoln is easily the best performance in the category, but Academy voters just might give it to Christoph Waltz, whose also a past winner and who gave a knockout punch in Django Unchained. This is quite possibly the best chance for an upset this year.
Best Supporting Actress. My odds are on Anne Hathway to take it home for her work in Les Miserables. She was sensational and her transformation into a waif like, poverty stricken child makes her the best of the lot in this category. Yet I still can't rule out two other actresses who just might upset her. Emmanuelle Riva is the closest contender to take the honor away from Hathaway. Her role in Amour as the aging music teacher who suffers a stroke and deteriorates through the course of the film is breathtaking. And then there's always Sally Field who just might pull off a third win of her own with her turn as Mary Todd Lincoln; it was an inspired performance and a likely upset in this category.
If Skyfall doesn't win Best Original Song there is no justice in this world at all.
So who's with me or against me this year? Ha ha. We shall see tomorrow night!