It’s Oscar time again and this year could prove to be have some of the tightest races in years! Not because each contender is even better than the next though, but because most of the nominees are such middling efforts (as far as we know…) that it’s hard to tell who will win.
So without further ado, here are our predictions for this years nominees.
2013 OSCAR PICKS
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hatheway – Les Misérables
She’s won every other major award and there’s no reason to think she won’t get this one too.
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz – Django Unchained
Arguments could be made that it’s a toss-up between Waltz and Hoffman, but the mere presence of De Niro Makes us wonder if this whole category is just a trap. Waltz for win.
Best Documentary Short: Cynthia Wade and Robin Honan – Mondays at Racine
Going with the crew that’s prevailed here before.
Documentary Feature: Malik Bendjelloul and Simon Chinn – Searching for Sugar Man
Just imagine a badass guitar solo every time you hear or say ‘Sugar Man’ and you’ll understand how this is a lock!
Costume Design: Paco Delgado – Les Misérables
It’s between this and Anne Karenina but Oscar likes to keep things clean, so no stray statues for Kiera and crew.
Animated Feature Film: Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman - Brave
There was a lot of buzz this year about Wreck-It Ralph but only a foole (sic) would bet against Pixar.
Cinematography: Claudio Miranda – Life of Pi
Our gut says Robert Richardson for the repeat – the guy just wins – but we’re going out on a limb with Pi because we doubt it’s going home empty handed and this is the category it has the best chance of snagging some gold.
Visual Effects: Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott – Life of Pi
If Pi fails to grab cinematography, it could still sneak in and grab visual effects. What better way to enter bankruptcy than with a gold statue to hock?
Makeup and Hairstyling: Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell – Les Misérables
The Hobbit could steal this based on the sheer number of beards that required tending during production, but we are going with the pomp-and-circumstance musical for this one
Music (Original Score): Mychael Danna - Life of Pi
We love some John Williams, but the majority of the score consisted of reqorked verisons of the Battle Cry of Freedom. With no clear frontrunner, we’re throwing another bone to Pi.
Music (Original Song): Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth , “Skyfall” – Skyfall
Adele seems to win everything she’s nominated for so there’s no reason to think that will stop now.
Short Film (Animated): John Kahrs - Paperman
It’s most likely between this and Head over Heels but we’re giving the nod to the one with Disney in it’s corner.
Short Film (Live Action): Bryan Buckley and Mino Jarjoura – Asad
This category can be a toss-up so if you put a gun to our head, we would have to go with the movie where someone puts a gun to a kids head.
Sound Editing: Paul N.J. Ottosson – Zero Dark Thirty
He won it the last time around with Hurt Locker and we expect him to add to his collection with ZDT.
Sound Mixing: Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes – Les Misérables
For mixing, you gotta go with the musical.
Foreign Language Film: Austria – Amour
If it’s also nominated for Best Picture, it’s a shoe-in for best Foreign Language Film.
Actress in a Leading Role: Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
This is probably the hardest category to predict but we are going with the character-based movie for the performance-based award.
Actor in a Leading Role: Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln
Wanna watch Joaquin Phoenix become a victim of grand larceny in front of millions of viewers? Then be sure to tune in for Daniel Day-Lewis’ acceptance speech!
Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Chris Terrio – Argo
Solid cases could be made for each, but we are giving the nod to Argo. After all, they already snubbed Affleck, how about rubbing salt in the wound? Argo for everything (except directing)!
Writing (Original Screenplay): Mark Boal – Zero Dark Thirty
If you thought Quentin Tarrantino looked surprised after winning the Golden Globe, he would be downright shocked if he won the Oscar. Boal for the win.
Directing: Steven Spielberg – Lincoln
This really does belong to Affleck, but since he’s not nominated, we think the Academy will play it safe and just drop it off at Spielberg’s doorstep.
Best Picture: Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck and George Clooney, Producers – Argo
If Spielberg does in fact get in the Best Director award, he could very well steal this one too. Argo should prevail though.
Seth MacFarlane willl sing. A LOT.
There will be a cringe-inducing interaction between a presenter/the host and an animated character.