by Coop Cooper
The 85th Academy Awards (aka ‘The Oscars’) will air Sunday the 24th at 7pm Eastern/4pm Pacific. Here are The Small Town Critic’s predictions for the winners of the major award categories…
Best Picture nominees: Amour, Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty
Prediction: Argo. Spielberg’s “Lincoln” looked to be the favorite at first but the outrage of Ben Affleck’s omission from the “Best Directing” category has openly energized support for “Argo” and many predict it will run away with “Best Picture” simply for this reason. I’m partial to the highly original “Beasts of the Southern Wild” but it has no chance. Although I think it will lose the Oscar, I think “Django” is the most memorable movie of 2013 and will persist in history as a popular one.
Best Actor nominees: Bradley Cooper, Daniel Day-Lewis, Hugh Jackman, Joaquin Phoenix, Denzel Washington
Prediction: Daniel Day-Lewis. An entire segment of “60 Minutes” was dedicated to his performance as Lincoln. Denzel was too unlikable, Cooper too comedic, Jackman too musical. I wish Phoenix would win for his brave role in “The Master” but I doubt the Hollywood Scientologists appreciated his divisive performance.
Best Actress nominees: Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Emmanuelle Riva, Quvenzhane Wallis, Naomi Watts
Prediction: Jennifer Lawrence who was overwhelmingly charming and fascinating in “Silver Linings Playbook.” Riva is too obscure, Wallis too young and although “The Impossible” was riveting, few saw Watts’ performance in it. Chastain has a good chance but rumor has it “Zero Dark Thirty” is getting snubbed for numerous political reasons.
Best Supporting Actor nominees: Alan Arkin, Robert De Niro, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Tommy Lee Jones, Christoph Waltz
Prediction: Christoph Waltz. He won this category in 2009 for “Inglourious Basterds” but rumor has it he will do it again playing a good-guy version of the same character in “Django Unchained.” His competition is stiff but his is the only name being mentioned.
Best Supporting Actress nominees: Amy Adams, Sally Field, Anne Hathaway, Helen Hunt, Jacki Weaver
Prediction: Anne Hathaway. Her solo was the only part of “Les Miserables” that everyone was talking about. I really liked Jackie Weaver’s Edith Bunker-like performance in “Silver Linings Playbook” but she can’t compete.
Best Directing nominees: Amour, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook
Prediction: Steven Spielberg for Lincoln. With Affleck out of his way, Spielberg almost has it clenched unless voters think Ang Lee has finally paid his dues with “Life of Pi.” I’d love to see Michael Haneke win as he is one of my favorite directors of all time but not for “Amour” which was so depressing, I couldn’t take it.
Best Writing (adapted story) nominees: Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook
Prediction: Argo probably has it, but I want to hope that “Silver Linings Playbook” is a serious contender for this one. It’s possibly one of the best romantic comedies ever written.
Best Writing (original story) nominees: Amour, Django Unchained, Flight, Moonrise Kingdom, Zero Dark Thirty
Prediction: Django Unchained. Tarantino can win this category in his sleep. He has already won “Best Original Screenplay” Oscars for “Pulp Fiction” and “Inglourious Basterds.” “Zero Dark Thirty” may have had a chance if politics were not a factor.