Its Oscar weekend and all of the movie industry is in a buzz about the 84th Annual Academy awards this Sunday.
This year’s best year’s best movies have been nominated with Lincoln leading the charge with 12 nominations; Silver Linings Playbook has 8 nominations, including one each in the four major acting awards (the first time it’s been done in 31 years and the 14th time its been done); with Django Unchained and Zero Dark Thirty each getting 6 nominations each.
Seth McFarlane is set to host which will surely draw a younger audience to view it. He himself is a nominee for Best Original Song for his first feature film Ted.
Below is a list of the nominees for the major awards along with who I want to win and who I think will win.
3. Beast of the Southern Wild
4. Django Unchained
5. Life of Pi
6. Les Miserables
8. Silver Linings Playbook
9. Zero Dark Thirty
Who I want to win: When I think of this movie, I think of what movie was done the best and in my opinion that would be Silver Linings Playbook. It is the only movie of the above nine that I could watch multiple times and enjoy it all the same. Bradley Cooper is stellar and Jennifer Lawrence is amazing as ever and their chemistry together is one of the best I’ve seen all year.
Who will win: This is one category that I have problems. The Academy has a way of surprising me sometimes with the movies they pick for the winner. I always hate when they chose a movie that no one’s seen because how can it be the best when no one’s seen it. With that being said, I think this year Argo is still the favorite to win. Ben Affleck did well at the Golden Globes and the movie has only gotten more attention because of Affleck’s snub as best director. Watch out for Affleck to point that out if this movie does win.
Actor in a Leading Role
1. Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook)
2. Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
3. Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables)
4. Joaquin Phoenix (The Master)
5. Denzel Washington (Flight)
Who I want to win: Bradley Cooper for Silver Linings Playbook. I am a sucker for rooting for the underdog and that’s what he is. He’s the only one who hasn’t been nominated before and I would love to see him win one.
Who will win: Daniel Day-Lewis. This one has all been decided since that nominations came out. He portrays one of America’s most beloved presidents and it is executed perfectly, it just wasn’t my choice for best actor.
Actress in a Leading Role
1. Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty)
2. Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)
3. Emmanuelle Riva (Armour)
4. Ouvenhane Wallis (Beast of the Southern Wild)
5. Naomi Watts (The Impossible)
Who I want to win: Jennifer Lawrence is my pick hands down even though it’s not for the movie I would have picked her for. Personally, I think her portrayal in The Hunger Games was far more gripping and enticing but being that the movie is based on a Young Adults novel it will be highly unlikely that she will ever be nominated for her role as Katniss. Her role in Silver Linings Playbook was so entertaining and moving that I think she should win. Besides, just think of how great her acceptance speech will be.
Who will win: Once the nominations came out, there were two actresses that were picked to win, Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook and Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty. It was almost split down the middle and it made deciding the winner that much more interesting because it could go to either actress. But recently, I believe that Jennifer Lawrence has been pulling ahead of Jessica Chastain. Silver Linings Playbook has done better at the box office and with the way that the movie was released slowly over a four-month period, it allowed more people to see Lawrence more recently and might help her edge out this win.
Actor in a Supporting Role
1. Alan Arkin (Argo)
2. Robert De Niro (Silver Linings Playbook)
3. Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master)
4. Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln)
5. Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained)
Who I want to win: Robert De Niro mainly because I love him so much that I would love to see him win his first Oscar since 1980 when he won it for Raging Bull. De Niro shows that he can still produce a good performance even as he gets older.
Who will win: Christoph Waltz will most likely walk away with this award. He won it at the Golden Globes and has been the favorite to win this award since the beginning.
Actress in a Supporting Role
1. Amy Adams (The Master)
2. Sally Field (Lincoln)
3. Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables)
4. Helen Hunt (The Sessions)
5. Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook)
Who I want to win: Anne Hathaway in Les Miserables was so moving and touching that I remember thinking as I watching it that I wanted her to win the Oscar.
Who will win: Anne Hathaway. I believe that she edged out early favorite Sally Field when she won the Golden Globe for the same category.
4. The Pirates! Band of Misfits
5. Wreck-it Ralph
Who I want to win: Wreck-it Ralph was a very entertaining movie and it attracted not just kids, but adults. It’s about heart and not giving up on being a hero, even if the world doesn’t expect that out of you.
Who will win: Brave will win because the story has more depth in regards to a strong theme and it has a female standing up for what she wants, which was very big in the last year at the movies.
1. Michael Haneke (Amour)
2. Benh Zeitlin (Beast of the Southern Wild)
3. Ang Lee (Life of Pi)
4. Steven Spielberg (Lincoln)
5. David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)
Who I want to win: David O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook. Like I said before, this movie is the most entertaining out of the five choices. He was able to keep the flow of the movie so that it made sense as we get a look at someone with bi-polar disease and how it can effect their life.
Who will win: Steven Spielberg has got the resume that will push him to his victory. Plus, he did his movie based on an America legend, something that he’s been working on for ten years so you know that he’s going to want this award.
Music (Original Song)
1. “Before my Time” Music and Lyrics by J. Ralph (Chasing Ice)
2. “Everybody Needs a Friend” Music by: Walter Murphy; Lyrics by: Seth McFarlane (Ted)
3. “Pi’s Lullaby” Music by: Mychael Danna; Lyrics by: Bombay Jayshri (Life of Pi)
4. “Skyfall” Music and Lyrics by: Adele and Paul Epworth (Skyfall)
5. “Suddenly” Music by: Claude-Michel Schonberg; Lyrics by: Herbert Kretnzer and ALAIN Boublil
Who I want to win: My pick to win I know doesn’t have much of a chance to win, but I would just love it if it did. It’s “Everybody Needs a Friend” for the movie Ted. I was surprised that it was even nominated because the movie is not exactly Oscar material. I would love for it to win, but I doubt that it will.
Who will win: Adele’s "Skyfall" is going to be the winner. Skyfall won this award the second that they asked Adele to write it because let’s face it, when she writes songs, they are winners.
1. Life of Pi
2. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
3. The Avengers
5. Snow White and the Huntsman
Who I want to win: The Avengers was basically all visual effects, but it was done in a way so that it didn’t look like computer graphic. This is a very hard task to do with a movie so highly dependent on it, but they did well and the fact that it’s the highest grossing film of all time should be enough of support, but I don’t think it will make any difference.
Who will win: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey or Life of Pi should take this award. I really don’t care for either film but The Hobbit comes from the Lord of Rings series so it’s got history and Life of Pi is what I like to call a ‘Oscar-made’ movie.
Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
1. Chris Terrio (Argo)
2. Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeithlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
3. David Magee (Life of Pi)
4. Tony Kushner (Lincoln)
5. David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)
Who I want to win: Silver Linings Playbook is one of my favorite adapted films of the year. Initially, I had hoped that Stephen Chobonsky would get nominated for Perks of Being a Wallflower (and I think that he was snubbed because that movie was probably the best adapted film of the year), but after I saw that it wasn’t, this movie got pushed to #1.
Who will win: I actually think that David O. Russell might take this category. While Tony Kushner did write a very accurate portrayal for Lincoln, I think that the story line for Silver Linings Playbook is more of a compelling movie because it has drama, comedy, and a little bit of love.
Writing (Original Screenplay)
1. Michael Haneke (Armour)
2. Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained)
3. John Gatins (Flight)
4. Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola (Moonrise Kingdom)
5. Mark Boal (Zero Dark Thirty)
Who I want to win: Quentin Tarantino is one of the best original screenplay writers around. He has a way of creating these elaborate and amazing stories and this one is no different.
Who will win: Quentin Tarantino has been a favorite to win this. Mark Boal does have a chance at getting looked at for Zero Dark Thirty.