I intended on doing this post earlier and now the darned Golden Globe winners have already been announced. In an effort to do my predictions unbiased, I've tried to ignore them but those darn Internetters won't yell Spoiler Alert! (Ok, I heard that Wolverine won something, Brave won something and Les Miz won something.)
The complete list of the 83rd Annual Academy Award nominations were announced Tuesday and just like last year, I will put my desired win in bold and what I think will win in italics or both if they overlap.
I think every year I see fewer and fewer Oscar movies so this will be as tough as ever. To aid my vast Japanese readership, here is a link in Japanese.
Amour Never heard of it. Probably something to do with Love.
Argo I almost saw this but it disappeared quickly. I wouldn't mind this winning something as it shows Canadians as heroes.
Django Unchained Not released yet. Definitely want to see it. Hope it wins!
Misérables My favourite joke about this: "The name's Miserables, Les Miserables." (Victor Hugo via Ian Fleming.) In theatres now, doing well. Will see it someday.
Life Of Pi I like movies about math but doesn't this one go on ad infinitum?
Lincoln I am really shocked that the movie about Lincoln fighting Vampires got so many nominations!
Zero Dark Thirty Never heard of it. Probably something to do with 00000X6.
Beasts Of The
Southern Wild Never heard of it. Probably something to do with wild beasts of the south.
Silver Linings Playbook Never heard of it. Probably something to do with clouds & silver linings.
I haven't seen any of these and have little desire to see any of them either. None of these strike me as winners, so I'll have to guess!
Pi - Ang Lee
Lincoln - Steven Spielberg
Silver Linings Playbook - David O.
Beasts Of The Southern Wild - Benh
Zeitlin (Long shot or what!)
Yet again, all unseen. It would be nice to see a male lead in a musical win an Oscar. When is the last time that happened?
Denzel Washington -
Bradley Cooper - Silver Linings Playbook
Hugh Jackman - Les Misérables
- The Master
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
I like all of these actors so it's a tough call.
Alan Arkin -
Christoph Waltz - Django Unchained
Robert De Niro
- Silver Linings Playbook
Philip Seymour Hoffman - The
Tommy Lee Jones - Lincoln
Not only do I know nothing about the movies, I know very little about these actresses. I think I'll go with a longshot.
Emmanuelle Riva - Amour
Lawrence - Silver Linings Playbook
Jessica Chastain - Zero Dark
Quvenzhané Wallis - Beasts Of The Southern Wild
Watts - The Impossible
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Since Meryl Streep wasn't nominated for anything, maybe we'll see a new winner this year.
Amy Adams - The
Anne Hathaway - Les Misérables Again crossing my fingers for a singing role.
Helen Hunt - The
Sally Field - Lincoln "They like me, they really really like me again." I'd like to see this as Sally's opening acceptance speech.
Jacky Weaver - Silver
BEST ANIMATED FILM
Curiously three out of five are stop-action and none are CG. Liked Brave, loved Frankenweenie, will probably enjoy the other three on DVD since they won't come here in English. Slightly irked that "Up on Poppy Hill wasn't even considered.
Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
I'm going to go with the Canuck connection. Winner may go to the Lincoln logs.
Chris Terrio -
Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin - Beasts Of The Southern Wild
David Magee - Life Of Pi
Tony Kushner -
David O. Russell - Silver Linings Playbook
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
I'm going to go all in with QT.
Michael Haneke -
Quentin Tarantino - Django Unchained
Roman Coppola - Moonrise Kingdom
Mark Boal - Zero Dark
John Gatins - Flight
I'd like to have a movie that I've actually seen win something, so Skyfall!!
Anna Karenina - Seamus
Django Unchained - Robert Richardson
Life Of Pi -
Lincoln - Janusz Kaminski
Ever since Edith Head died, I have no idea who'd win in this category.
Anna Karenina - Jacqueline
Les Misérables - Paco Delgado
Lincoln - Joanna
Mirror Mirror - Eiko Ishioka She's Japanese so she gets my encouragement by default.
Snow White And The
Huntsman - Colleen Atwood
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Huh? No idea.
5 Broken Cameras
How To Survive A Plague This might have zombies, so it gets my nod.
The Invisible War A complete guess.
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
Huh? No idea again.
Inocente It sounds as though it could be French Canadian.
BEST FILM EDITING
Argo - William
Life Of Pi - Tim Squyres
Zero Dark Thirty -
Dylan Tichenor, William Goldenberg
Lincoln - Michael
Silver Linings Playbook - Jay Cassidy & Crispin
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Austria Wait, isn't this also up for best picture?
Kon-Tiki - Norway
No - Chile
Affair - Denmark
War Witch - Canada Duh.
BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING
Because The Hobbit was in super-duper high-def, some could see (I couldn't) that the makeup was less than pristine. Therefore I'm going to go with the master of suspense.
- Julie Hewett, Martin Samuel, Howard Berger
The Hobbit: An
Unexpected Journey - Peter Swords King, Richard Taylor, Rick
Les Misérables - Lisa Westcott
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Anna Karenina - Dario
Argo - Alexandre Desplat
Life Of Pi - Mychael
Lincoln - John Williams
Skyfall - Thomas
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
'Before My Time' from Chasing
'Everybody Needs A Best Friend' from Ted
from Life Of Pi
'Skyfall' from Skyfall I actually like this song. Very retro-Bond sound.
from Les Miserables
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
The Hobbit: An
BEST ANIMATED SHORT
Adam and Dog
Head Over Heels
Maggie Simpson In "The Longest
Daycare" Oh please, please, please...
BEST LIVE FILM
Buzkashi Boys It sounds pretentious and the Academy likes that.
Death Of A
Shadow It sounds cool.
BEST SOUND EDITING
Zero Dark Thirty
BEST SOUND MIXING
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Life Of Pi
Marvel Avengers Assemble The only Comic Book nomination, so come on!
Snow White And The
It's late so for the last several entries, I did away with a commentary. Good luck everyone!!