The 85th Annual Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, Feb. 24 and will be held at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. The night will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane live on ABC and will be televised in more than 225 countries worldwide. The Academy Awards is the premiere movie award show and recognizes the best in film during the previous year. Predicting Oscar wins can be challenging, but by going through the process one can learn more about their favorite films and how they became Oscar winners.
This year the Oscar race was turned upside down when Ben Affleck was snubbed by the Academy and was not nominated for Best Director for his film "Argo." But by reading through my predictions, it will be obvious that Affleck's snub was the best gift he could ever receive. "Lincoln" has received the most nominations - 12 in fact and was poised to win Best Picture, Best Director and sweep through some other categories as well. Not only will Affleck's snub bring Affleck his second Academy Award it will allow some other films to receive some limelight as well.
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Whatever your movie choice this week, please remember your movie theater etiquette: silence your cell phones and no texting, please don't talk during the film and remove your children if they become a distraction to other audience members. Don't forget that laughing, crying and cheering are always approved behavior and even encouraged.
-Kay Shackleton is a film historian with special focus on Silent Films, see her work at SilentHollywood.com