The Academy Awards are tomorrow night, so what better way to spend Oscars eve than by sharing my predictions and who I think should win. If you haven’t been following the Oscar race, the nominations can be found at Oscar.com. With that being said, here are my predictions and favorite nominees (note: when I say “my pick” I mean my favorite nominee, not exactly who I think will/should win).
Prediction: Argo. Ben Affleck was snubbed in the directing category, but that hasn’t slowed down Argo’s race to the top. It has picked up quite a few Best Picture wins, including awards at the BAFTAs and the Golden Globes.
My Pick: Argo and Silver Linings Playbook were my favorite movies of 2012, so if I was able to choose, my pick would between those two. Between the two, however, I think I lean more towards Silver Linings Playbook.
Prediction: Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln. He WAS Abraham Lincoln and he’s a lock.
My Pick: Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook. Maybe it was because I wasn’t expecting much from Bradley Cooper because of his past roles in things like The Hangover and The A-Team. I didn’t take much away from those, but in Silver Linings, he blew me away. He was able to portray Pat in both a funny and touching way. The subtlety and growth that he managed to breathe into Pat made him (along with Daniel Day-Lewis) my favorite male performance of the year.
Prediction: Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook. In what seems to be a competition between Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain, I think Jennifer Lawrence will pull it off. The reason I think she will take it over Jessica Chastain is because Lawrence’s Tiffany is easier to emotionally connect to. Jennifer Lawrence shines as the young widow. Chastain’s character in Zero Dark Thirty comes off more cold and aloof, making her harder to build an emotional attachment to her.
My Pick: Jennifer Lawrence. After her intense roles in Winter’s Bone (for which she also garnered a Best Actress nomination) and The Hunger Games, she is allowed to have some fun and let loose a bit, showing another facet of her talent. Even if she does not win, I feel like she’ll be able to score nominations for years to come.
Best Supporting Actor
Prediction: Tommy Lee Jones in Lincoln. In what seems to be the hardest category to predict, I think the Academy will stick to its seeming love of history, and go with Tommy Lee Jones as the pro-abolitionist, Thaddeus Stevens.
My Pick: Christoph Waltz in Django Unchained. Picking between the nominees was hard, but I think Christoph Waltz’s bounty hunter in Django Unchained was my favorite performance of the bunch, but only because Leonardo DiCaprio’s deliciously evil, Calvin Candie failed to score a nom.
Best Supporting Actress
Prediction: Anne Hathaway in Les Misérables. They might as well have her name engraved on the statue already.
My Pick: Anne Hathaway in Les Misérables. While critics weren’t as kind to the musical as expected, Anne Hathaway’s performance has been underscored as a highlight, with her heart wrenching performance of “I Dream A Dream” being the crowning jewel. She may have been in the movie for a less than two seconds, but her performance stole the entire show.
Best Animated Feature
Prediction: Wreck-It Ralph. It’s probably between Wreck-It Ralph or Brave, but I think Wreck-It Ralph will take it.
My Pick: ParaNorman. Probably a long shot, but the original story was creepy, funny, and touching at the same time.
The rest of my picks are under the cut.