Saturday, 23 February 2013

2013 Oscar Predictions



So, tomorrow evening (or night, depending on your location) the 85th Academy Awards will be screened directly to your living rooms! Seeing as this particular award ceremony is the most prestigious of all award ceremonies, here is my lowdown on what will win, but also what I believe should win.


Best Picture

What should win: Overall, my personal favourite of the bunch is Les Miserables. But it just isn't an Oscar winning film, definitely not for this category. So, I'll go with Zero Dark Thirty.

What will win: It's hard to call it, with two clear front runners. Originally, everyone had Lincoln down as a lock, but Argo is sweeping the floor in every other ceremony. For that reason, my prediction lies with Argo.



Best Director

Who should win: The nominees here are controversial, but with what we've been given, I have to back David O. Russell for his superb work on Silver Linings Playbook.

Who will win: Fairly certain that Steven Spielberg has this in the bag. There isn't much competition, given that Ben Affleck lacks a nomination.



Best Actor

Who should win: Very tough. Both Lincoln and Les Miserables boast superb performances, but due to the central role of Les Mis being considerably more challenging that that of Lincoln, my support here undeniably rests with Hugh Jackman.

Who will win: Daniel Day-Lewis. Nothing else to be said.



Best Actress

Who should win: This is, again, very tough. Both Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence are sublime in their respective films. The nature of the film meant that Chastain's character was difficult to like, so my instinctive support goes to Jennifer Lawrence, though both are worthy winners.

Who will win: Jennifer Lawrence, probably.



Best Supporting Actor

Who should win: Though Tommy Lee Jones is fantastic in Lincoln, Christoph Waltz is possibly the best he's ever been in Django Unchained. My support lies with him.

Who will win: Christoph Waltz.



Best Supporting Actress

Who should win: Quite simply, Anne Hathaway. Nothing else to be said.

Who will win: Anne Hathaway. It's this years biggest lock.



Best Writing- Original Screenplay

What should win: Having only seen two out of the five films, it's not easy to comment. But when originality is compared with the two I have seen, Django Unchained has the advantage.

What will win: Most likely, Django Unchained, though I wouldn't be surprised if Zero Dark Thirty took the award either.



Best Writing- Adapted Screenplay

What should win: Simply because it is a truly fantastic film with a beautifully written script, my hope lies for Beasts of the Southern Wild. It won't win though.

What will win: Argo looks set to take this award as well.



Best Animated Feature

What should win: After Pixar's critical failure last year, they returned to form with Brave, and it is a definite Oscar winner in my eyes.

What will win: Brave probably stands the most chance,but Wreck-It Ralph or Frankenweenie could easily be upsets.



Best Original Score

What should win: Life of Pi

What will win: Life of Pi, or possibly Skyfall



Best Original Song

What should win: Suddenly (Les Miserables)

What will win: Skyfall (Skyfall)



Best Sound Editing

What should win: Zero Dark Thirty

What will win: Skyfall



Best Sound Mixing

What should win: Les Miserables

What will win: Les Miserables



Best Production Design

What should win: Les Miserables

What will win: Les Miserables



Best Cinematography

What should win: Life of Pi

What will win: Life of Pi



Best Makeup and Hairstyling

What should win: Les Miserables

What will win: Les Miserables



Best Costume Design

What should win: Les Miserables

What will win: Anna Karenina



Best Film Editing

What should win: Zero Dark Thirty

What will win: Argo



Best Visual Effects

What should win: Life of Pi

What will win: Life of Pi




So! There we have it! Here is a summary, based on my predictions:

Les Miserables: 4 awards
Argo: 3 awards
Life of Pi: 3 awards
Lincoln: 2 awards
Skyfall: 2 awards
Django Unchained: 2 awards
Silver Linings Playbook: 1 award
Brave: 1 award
Anna Karenina: 1 award

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