Final Predictions For The 85th Academy Awards

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In only two days, the nominations for the 85th Academy Awards will be announced by Oscar host Seth MacFarlane and actress Emma Stone. In the last couple of years, the Academy Awards have been fairly predictable which ultimately made both shows less interesting to watch. Well, it’s time to get excited again. Even two days before the announcement of nominees, it’s not difficult to predict the front-runners but it’s difficult to predict who the winners will be. At this point last year, it was easy to predict that last year’s Best Picture winner The Artist would end up being an Academy favorite. Much to our surprise, this year’s Academy Awards aren’t so predictable.

Here are my predictions for all of the main categories that include Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

 

Best Picture

As all of you may know, there are a total of 5-10 slots for Best Picture nominees. The films that are sure bets for Best Picture this year include Argo, Zero Dark Thirty, Lincoln, Les Miserables, and Django Unchained.  Beyond those films, it’s safe to assume that Silver Linings Playbook and Life of Pi will be the 6th and 7th Best Picture nominees. This is the point when it could become interesting and unpredictable. This is by far the strongest Oscar race in the last few years, so I’m going to predict that there’ll be a total of ten nominees with a few other films that could end up being potential spoilers.

Predicted nominees:

Argo
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Django Unchained
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Moonrise Kingdom
Silver Linings Playbook
Skyfall
Zero Dark Thirty

Potential spoilers:

The Master
Amour
The Sessions
Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

 

Best Director

Ben Affleck, Kathryn Bigelow, and Steven Spielberg are the locks but beyond them, it becomes a bit more difficult to predict who will get nominated. Although there have been complaints about the filmmaking choices in Les Miserables, director Tom Hooper recently nabbed a DGA nomination which could lead to an Oscar nomination. I have a strange feeling that Tom Hooper, who won the Best Director Oscar a couple years ago for The King’s Speech, will be left out. DGA left out Quentin Tarantino but I think that he may end up with his first Oscar nomination since Inglorious Basterds.

Predicted nominees:

Ben Affleck, Argo
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

Potential spoilers:

Tom Hooper, Les Miserables
David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook

 

Best Actor

Although Daniel Day-Lewis is the current front-runner (no surprise), there are five other actors who are all strong contenders. Despite Joaquin Phoenix’s thoughts about the Awards season, he is likely to get a deserved nomination for his breathtaking performance in The Master. PhoenixJohn Hawkes, and Bradley Cooper are expected to be met with good news on Thursday. The fifth actor to snag a nomination boils down to Denzel Washington for his performance in Flight or Hugh Jackman for Les Miserables. I predict that Denzel is the one who will get the nomination.

Predicted nominees:

Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
John Hawkes, The Sessions
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Denzel Washington, Flight

Potential spoiler:

Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
Richard Gere, Arbitrage
Jean-Louis Trintignant, Amour

 

Best Actress

Earlier in the season, it was assumed that the Best Actress category will be by far the weakest category at this year’s ceremony. At one point, 9-year-old actress Quvenzhane Wallis was the front-runner for Best Actress for her performance in Beasts of the Southern Wild becoming the youngest nominee in Oscar history. Since then, Silver Linings Playbook proved that Jennifer Lawrence is one of the best young actresses working in Hollywood. Not long after, news broke out that Jessica Chastain was not only the lead in Zero Dark Thirty but she also reportedly brings her A-game. Now both Lawrence and Chastain are the two locked front-runners with Wallis, Marion Cotillard, and Naomi Watts in the mix to fill the remaining slots.

Predicted nominees:

Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Naomi Watts, The Impossible

Potential spoilers:

Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
Helen Mirren, Hitchcock
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Smashed

 

Best Supporting Actor

Will Leonardo DiCaprio finally get his first Oscar? Highly unlikely, but it’s predicted that he is going to earn another nomination for his performance in Django Unchained. DiCaprio is going to have some strong competition in the Best Supporting Actor category with the likes of Robert Deniro, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Alan Arkin, and Tommy Lee Jones as strong contenders. Don’t rule out Matthew McConaugheyChristoph Waltz, and Javier Bardem who have been getting attention recently.

Predicted nominees:

Alan Arkin, Argo
Robert Deniro, Silver Linings Playbook
Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln

Potential spoilers:

Matthew McConaughey, Magic Mike
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Javier Bardem, Skyfall


Best Supporting Actress

As you’ve probably read, everyone is predicting that this is going to be the year when Anne Hathaway wins an Oscar. Not only is Hathaway a lock for a nomination, but so is Helen Hunt, Sally Field, and Amy Adams. I’m willing to bet that there is going to be a surprise nomination in this particular category.

Predicted nominees:

Amy Adams, The Master
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Maggie Smith, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Potential spoilers:

Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy
Judi Dench, Skyfall
Samantha Barks, Les Miserables
Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook

 

Best Original Screenplay

For Best Original Screenplay, it’s going to between Mark Boal’s intensive and investigative screenplay for Zero Dark Thirty and Quentin Tarantino’s controversial screenplay for Django Unchained. It’s expected that Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola will receive a nomination for their quirky and imaginatively romantic screenplay for Moonrise Kingdom. Paul Thomas Anderson’s masterful screenplay for The Master should not be overlooked in this category. For the final slot, I’m predicting a surprise nomination for Rian Johnson’s sci-fi action thriller Looper.

Potential nominees:

Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master
Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty
Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola, Moonrise Kingdom
Rian Johnson, Looper
Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

Potential spoiler:

Michael Haneke, Amour
Matt Damon and John Krasinski, Promised Land

 

Best Adapted Screenplay

Tony Kushner’s adaptation of Doris Kearns Goodwin’s novel Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln is the current front-runner of this particular category. I’m predicting that there’ll be nominations for Silver Linings Playbook, Argo, and Life of Pi in this particular category. Stephen Chbosky’s adaptation of his own novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower has picking up some momentum and may earn a much-deserved nomination.

Predicted nominees:

Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Tony Kushner, Lincoln
David Magee, Life of Pi
David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Chris Terrio, Argo

Potential spoilers:

Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitilin, Beasts of the Southern Wild
William Nicholson, Les Miserables
Ben Lewin, The Sessions

 

What are your Oscar predictions? Post your thoughts in the comment selection below. The nominees for the 85th Academy Awards will be announced this upcoming Thursday on January 10th.

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