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My Fearless Oscar Predictions 2013

February 22, 2013

Only one thing is certain about this year’s Academy Awards: I’m gonna hate host Seth MacFarlane. Everything else is, well, up in the air (to borrow the title of one of Argo producer George Clooney’s movies), but here are my picks for who’s gonna go home with golden statuettes—and, perhaps as a result, golden statuesques. But enough about George Clooney. You can click on the highlighted titles for full reviews.

BEST PICTURE: Argo

BEST DIRECTOR: Steven Spielberg, Lincoln

BEST ACTOR: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

BEST ACTRESS, Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Tony Kushner, Lincoln

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty

BEST ANIMATED FILM: Frankenweenie

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Claudio Miranda, Life of Pi

BEST COSTUME DESIGN: Jacqueline Durran, Anna Karenina

BEST DOCUMENTARY: Searching for Sugar Man

BEST FILM EDITING: William Goldenberg, Argo

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: Amour

BEST MAKEUP: Les Miserables

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: Mychael Danna, Life of Pi

BEST ORIGINAL SONG: Skyfall

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN: Life of Pi

BEST SOUND EDITING: Zero Dark Thirty

BEST SOUND MIXING: Life of Pi

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: The Hobbit

You’re on your own in the shorts categories. I didn’t see any of ’em!

What are your Oscar picks? Post a comment!

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8 Comments
  1. No actor has ever won best actor for portraying a president. So I’m going for Denzel Washington . . .

    • bruceafretts permalink

      If Daniel Day-Lewis doesn’t win, I’ll eat my stovepipe hat.

  2. I’m most fascinated this year by the documentary category. Sugar Man was a fantastic and wonderful story, hit every plot point of the American fairy tale and who wouldn’t fall in love with Rodriguez and his music, but I think either 5 Broken Cameras or The Gatekeepers deserves to win. No feel-good fairy tales there, but they are impactful, daring and original like no other documentary this year.

    What would you say are the criteria for “Best Documentary”?

    Teme

    • bruceafretts permalink

      It’s often more about politics than art, which means you may be right about The Gatekeepers winning.

  3. Um, hello, Frankenweenie didn’t come out this year.

    • bruceafretts permalink

      Right–the awards are for films that came out in 2012.

  4. Rob permalink

    I can’t imagine Les Miserables not winning the Sound Mixing Oscar for their live-recording method for the movie musical, something never done before. And while I agree with you that Claudio Miranda will win for Cinematography, isn’t it a shame that Deakins has been nominated 10 times and hasn’t won? I feel the Academy might throw him a bone this year.

  5. Hmmm, interesting!! My vote for Foreign Film is “No”, but that’s only because it stars Gabriel Garcis Bernal. Will come back here after the awards are announced on Sunday!

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