Oscar Predictions 2012


The Artist (Sean’s Pick) – I don’t want it to win, but at the same time, it’s the only film I see winning.  I personally would rather see Moneyball walk away with the award, but I just don’t see it happening.

(Jeremy’s Pick) – I gotta agree with Sean on this one. I’d rather see something else wins besides The Artist, but that just isn’t going to happen. Seeing as how a majority of my favorite films of 2011 aren’t even on this list I can’t really wholeheartedly pick one. Of the bunch though, I’d like to see The Descendants take home the gold in this category, although I’d be happy if Hugo surprised us all and won.

War Horse

The Descendants


The Tree of Life

Midnight in Paris

The Help


Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close



Michel Hazanavicius — The Artist (Sean’s Pick) – Rarely is the best director award given to anyone other than the best picture director, so this one is a given.

(Jeremy’s Pick) – Again, I don’t want to see The Artist take this one too, but it’s probably going to. I’d love to see Terrence Malick take this one.

Alexander Payne — The Descendants

Martin Scorsese — Hugo

Woody Allen — Midnight in Paris

Terrence Malick — The Tree of Life



Demian Bichir — A Better Life

George Clooney — The Descendants (Sean’s Pick) – I think it’s Clooney’s year, unless The Artist just sweeps and they give it to Jean Dujardin.

(Jeremy’s Pick) – Clooney better win this one. He deserves it the most.

Jean Dujardin — The Artist

Gary Oldman — Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Brad Pitt — Moneyball



Glenn Close– Albert Nobbs

Viola Davis — The Help (Jeremy’s Pick) – I honestly think Viola is going to take this one home. She’s got a lot of strong buzz radiating from The Help and hopefully that buzz translates into gold.

Rooney Mara — The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Meryl Streep — The Iron Lady

Michelle Williams — My Week with Marilyn (Sean’s Pick) – Not sure anyone will agree with me on this one, but the only contender other than Williams is Viola Davis.



Jonah Hill — Moneyball

Kenneth Branagh — My Week with Marilyn

Max von Sydow — Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Nick Nolte — Warrior (Sean’s Pick) – Give Nolte his due, no one else in this category even came close.

Christopher Plummer — Beginners (Jeremy’s Pick) – I want Nolte to win it, but I have a strong feeling that Plummer will take it. Shady Academy.



Berenice Bejo — The Artist

Jessica Chastain — The Help

Melissa McCarthy — Bridesmaids (Sean’s Pick) – I know it’s highly unlikely, but I think this is who deserves it.  I won’t be mad if either of The Help‘s nominees win, however.

Janet McTeer — Albert Nobbs

Octavia Spencer — The Help (Jeremy’s Pick) – Another one that I’m semi-confident about. Octavia should take this one home without a problem, but The Artist might do some sweeping.



The Artist — Michel Hazanavicius

Bridesmaids — Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig

Margin Call — J.C. Chandor

Midnight in Paris — Woody Allen (Sean’s Pick) – They love when Woody goes out on a limb and succeeds, as he did here.

(Jeremy’s Pick) – Agreed with Sean on this one. Woody should and probably will win this one, but I’d love to see newcomer J.C. Chandor get some love. Margin Call was a bit of a surprise.

A Separation — Asghar Farhadi



The Descendants — Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash (Sean’s Pick) – A lot of tough noms here, but I think this is the one that will pull it out.

(Jeremy’s Pick) – Sean nailed it right on the head.

Hugo — John Logan

The Ides of March — George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon

Moneyball — Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, and Stan Chervin

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan



A Cat in Paris

Chico & Rita

Kung Fu Panda 2

Puss in Boots

Rango (Sean’s Pick) – Because it was an original film, otherwise, who cares.

(Jeremy’s Pick) – Again, I agree with Sean on this one.



A Separation


In Darkness

Bullhead (Sean’s Pick) – Haven’t seen it, but I’d like to see it win with its whole $5 Oscar campaign designed to be a jab in the eye to companies like the Weinsteins.

(Jeremy’s Pick) – This seems like the only foreign film that has been getting a ton of press and I think that will translate into an instant-winner. I haven’t seen this film yet, but I have screener sitting on my desk. I’ll get to it soon!

Monsieur Lahzar




Hell and Back Again

If A Tree Falls: The Story of the Earth Liberation Front

Paradise Lost 3 (Sean’s Pick) – An infinitely better docu on the same case is coming later this year with West of Memphis,  but for now, I think this one had the most emotional weight, and the heaviest social commentary.




The Artist

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo


The Tree of Life (Jeremy’s Pick) – How any other film can win in this category is beyond me.

War Horse (Sean’s Pick) – While the other noms may have been more inventive in certain ways, this one is most like a living painting.  I suppose that’s what one of the 3 best DP’s in the world will get you.


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