Sunday, February 3, 2013

Oscars: Who's going to take the other categories?

With Argo's win at the DGA awards yesterday, the fate of the Best Picture race has been sealed: it's going to Argo. But that doesn't mean that the Oscar race is over. There are still a lot more categories that don't have a clear winner. Here are my current predictions for what will go down in those categories.

BEST ACTOR

Daniel-Day Lewis, Lincoln

He was going to win back in March and he is going to win now. While Bradley Cooper had a strong performance as well, Day-Lewis is just too good. There is no way anybody else will win.

BEST ACTRESS

Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

Lawrence gives a standout performance in a film full of standout performances and is the current front-runner in this category. I think that in the end she will win, but don't be surprised to see another contender. Quvenshane Wallis will not win. That is a fact. Naomi Watts will also not win. She gives a good performance in a film that is not that liked. Jessica Chastain will also not win in my opinion at this point. I don't think that Zero Dark Thirty has the support for Chastain to get a win. The only other contender is Emmanuelle Riva. She's old, the Academy's old and people like her performance. Therefore, she's a dark horse. But I think that Lawrence will take it.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables

What is there to say? She's going to win. There is no chance that anyone else beats her.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook

There have been so many different winners of this award, it's ridiculous. But I think in the end, it'll be De Niro taking home the gold. However, I think that the Academy could go any way with this one so don't be surprised to see Christoph Waltz win for Django or Tommy Lee Jones for Lincoln.

BEST DIRECTOR

Michael Haneke, Amour

It's upset time! I think that Haneke is going to win this award. The support for this film is very strong and while it will not win Best Picture or Best Actress, I think that in a year of weakly supported films that are nominated for Best Director, Haneke could take it. Ang Lee could also win his overdue Oscar for Life of Pi but I think that the support is bigger for Amour.

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

DJANGO UNCHAINED

The Academy doesn't love Quentin Tarantino. They have never given him an Oscar for his directing and they didn't give him a Best Picture Oscar for Pulp Fiction. But I think that the support is there for his screenplays. And that is why he is going to win over Amour and the controversial Zero Dark Thirty.

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

ARGO

While I would love to see Silver Linings Playbook win this award for the best screenplay of the year, I think that Argo will take this. Lincoln could easily win too. This award will become easier to predict after the WGA awards on February 17.

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

WRECK-IT RALPH

BEST FOREIGN FILM

AMOUR

BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM

SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

LES MISERABLES

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

SKYFALL

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

ANNA KARENINA

BEST FILM EDITING

ARGO

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

John Williams, Lincoln

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

SKYFALL By Adele

BEST SOUND EDITING

ARGO

BEST SOUND MIXING

ARGO

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

LIFE OF PI

Well, that's it for now. But look for more predictions in the coming weeks.

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