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My Fearless Oscar Predictions 2012!

January 23, 2012

And the Oscar nominations go to…? The 2012 Academy Award contenders will be announced Tuesday morning, January 24. Here are my picks for who’ll make the final cut. (You can click on the highlighted titles for reviews of each movie from Fretts on Film or my former blog with Bret Watson, Two Cranky Guys.)

BEST PICTURE

The Descendants

The Artist

Hugo

The Help

Midnight in Paris

Moneyball

War Horse

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Bridesmaids

The Ides of March

Note: Up to 10 movies may be nominated for Best Picture this year. I’ve included nine titles in descending order of likelihood.

BEST DIRECTOR

Martin Scorsese, Hugo

Alexander Payne, The Descendants

Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

David Fincher, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Dark horses: Steven Spielberg, War Horse; George Clooney, The Ides of March

BEST ACTOR

George Clooney, The Descendants

Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Jean Dujardin, The Artist

Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar

Damien Bechir, A Better Life

Hung like horses: Michael Fassbender, Shame, Ryan Gosling, The Ides of March (I’m assuming…)

BEST ACTRESS

Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn

Viola Davis, The Help

Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs

Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Crazy horses: Charlize Theron, Young Adult; Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Albert Brooks, Drive

Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn

Jonah Hill, Moneyball

Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method

Old horses: Nick Nolte, Warrior; Armie Hammer, J. Edgar (with prosthetics)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Octavia Spencer, The Help

Berenice Bejo, The Artist

Jessica Chastain, The Help

Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs

Shailene Woodley, The Descendants

Wild horses: Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids; Carey Mulligan, Shame

Okay—post a comment and tell me where I’m wrong! (Any Tree of Life fans out there?)

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