Sunday, February 24, 2013

85th Annual Academy Awards (OSCARS 2013) Predictions

85th Annual Academy Awards (OSCAR 2013) Predictions

So in less than 24 hours, the 85th Annual Academy Awards will take place and all the built-up mystery and goosebumps will be over. Every year I predict the OSCAR winners and I always get the best supporting actor right. But this time around, the competition has been very difficult and I’m actually glad to have seen such wonderful performances this year. ‘Argo’ and ‘ZDT’ got the OSCAR snub in the directorial category but, then again, they still are major contenders for the most prestigious ‘Best Picture’ category. Last two years have seen ‘The King’s Speech’ and ‘The Artist’ winning the Best Picture award but this time around it might finally be the year when a box office favorite wins the acclaimed award.


The nominees:

Argo- Chris Terrio 
Beasts of the Sothern Valley- Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin
Life of Pi- David Magee
Lincoln- Tony Kushner
Silver Linings Playbook- David O. Russell

Major Contenders- Argo and Lincoln

Winner: Argo- Chris Terrio 


The nominees:

Amour- Michael Haneke 
Django Unchained- Quentin Tarantino
Flight- John Gatins
Moonrise Kingdom- Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola
Zero Dark Thirty- Mark Boal

Major Contenders- Amour, Django Unchained and Zero Dark Thirty

Winner: Django Unchained- Quentin Tarantino


The nominees:

Wreck- It Ralph- Rich Moore
Brave- Mark Andres and Brenda Chapman
Frankenweenie-Tim Burton
Paranorman- Sam Fell and Chris Butler
The Pirates! Band of Misfits- Peter Lord

Major Contenders- Wreck- It Ralph and Brave

Winner: Wreck-It Ralph


The nominees:

Amy Adams- The Master
Sally Field- Lincoln
Anne Hathaway- Les Miserables
Helen Hunt- The Sessions
Jacki Weaver- Silver Linings Playbook

With amazing performances in the last couple of years, Anne Hathaway gave her best performance in ‘Les Miserables’ and in my opinion, her victory just seems a formality now. I would be surprised if Anne didn’t prepare her speech as soon as the nominations were announced.

Winner- Anne Hathaway


The nominees:

Alan Arkin- Argo
Robert Di Niro- Silver Linings Playbook
Philip Seymour Hoffman- The Master
Tommy Lee Jones-Lincoln
Christoph Waltz- Django Unchained

Major Contenders- Robert Di Niro, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Tommy Lee Jones and Christoph Waltz

Well yes, this year is a nightmare for the actors in this category. Four of the above have given wonderful performances. I had predicted the past winners accurately: Javier Bardem, Heath Ledger, Christoph Waltz, Christian Bale and Chistopher Plummer.

But I’m in a fix this year. Though I enjoyed Hoffman’s and Waltz’s performances the most this year, Di Niro and Lee Jones have acted well too. So I’m just going to go on a hunch and select Christoph Waltz over Hoffman & others and continue the tradition of the winners starting from the letter ‘C’.

I feel bad that Hoffman has been the leading contender three times now and might go empty handed this time too but he has a Best Actor academy award so it’s not like he has never won for his incredible performances.

Winner- Christoph Waltz


The nominees:

Jessica Chastain- Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence- Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva- Amour
Quvenzhane Wallis- Beasts of the Sothern Valley
Naomi Watts- The Impossible

Major Contenders- Emmanuelle Riva, Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence

If ‘The Hunger Games’ was any indication regarding her acting prowess, Jennifer Lawrence won many hearts with her performance in Silver Linings Playbook. Though I loved Naomi Watts’s performance too, there is no way anyone other than Jennifer wins the award.

Winner- Jennifer Lawrence


The nominees:

Bradley Cooper- Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel-Day Lewis- Lincoln
Hugh Jackman- Les Miserables
Joaquin Phoenix- The Master
Denzel Washington- Flight

I don’t think we need to even debate about Daniel-Day Lewis being the winner. He is a sure shot to win his third Academy Award.

Winner- Daniel-Day Lewis


The nominees:

Life of Pi- Ang Lee      
Lincoln- Steven Spielberg
Amour- Michael Haneke 
Silver Linings Playbook- David O. Russell
Beasts of the Sothern Valley- Benh Zeitlin

Major Contenders- Steven Spielberg and Ang Lee

This might be a close one and I’m just going with my gut feeling and selecting Spielberg. Though I’m sure Life of Pie will win all the major visual awards like Visual Effects, Cinematography along with the Original Score.

Winner: Steven Spielberg


The nominees:

Silver Linings Playbook
Beasts of the Sothern Valley
Life of Pi
Zero Dark Thirty
Django Unchained
Les Miserables

Major Contenders- Lincoln, Argo and Zero Dark Thirty

2012 was a year of amazing movies. I can add 9 more amazing movies to the above list. But as is said, when everything is said and done, ultimately only one emerges as the winner. And as much as I liked Zero Dark Thirty, I have a gut feeling that this is the year of Ben Affleck’s Argo.

Winner: Argo

I hope we all have a gala time watching the 85th Annual Academy Awards. Have a Nice Day.


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