Oscar Predictions 2013

When February rolls around, you know that award season is ending and another Oscar telecast is on the horizon.  That’s right.  The 85th Annual Academy Awards will air on ABC on February 24th, starting at 7 pm with an hour-and-a-half red carpet coverage and the ceremonies beginning at 8:30 pm with host Seth MacFarlane and his many personas. (Seriously, what is he really going to be that night?)  Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have already teased about having multiple musical numbers and tributes throughout the night (after all, they did produce a number of Broadway shows and NBC’s Smash), the most important aspect are the awards.

For the second year, I have all the predictions for every category so you can claim you did research for your Oscar party (or Oscar streaming event) when you’re competing with your friends.


Best Picture

Will Win: Argo

Should Win: Amour

Admit it, Hollywood loves itself saving the day.  That is why they will pick Argo as the winner despite director/star Ben Affleck’s directing nomination snub.  However, it is really Amour that stands out as the film that went above and beyond this year.  This humanly tale of an elderly Parisian couple healing when Anne suffers from a debilitating stroke is Michael Haneke’s best work to date.  And that’s saying something that leapfrog’s his other well-known film, Cache.


Best Director

Will Win: Ang Lee, Life of Pi

Should Win: Michael Haneke, Amour

Again, Haneke should win the prize for crafting a beautiful film, but in the search of Life of Pi garnering awards for it’s effects and post-production work, it is likely that Lee will take home the prize.


Best Actor

Will Win/Should Win: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

At first, I thought it would be Joaquin Phoenix for his smearing portrayal of a lost sailor on a soul-searching journey in The Master would be the winner, then Day-Lewis gave a one-two punch as Abraham Lincoln and now he’s locked in for his third Oscar win.


Best Actress

Will Win: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

Should Win: Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty

In such an over-hyped film, Chastain stands out as the confident CIA chief that hunts down Osama Bin Laden for ten years.  And that is my confident certification that her young and brilliant acting career should be notified when she wins this award.  But then again, there is Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook that is surprisingly drawing more awards buzz (possibly award her for her amazing talent, killer quips, and being able to star in a franchise and indie films.)  Watch out between these two nominees on Oscar night.


Best Supporting Actor

Will Win: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Should Win: Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln

I don’t think anything is set in stone with this category.  With a Golden Globe win for Christoph Waltz as a Western gangster in Django Unchained and a SAG win for Jones, it’s tough to choose which man should win (which is dominated by veteran Oscar winners).  My personal wish is to have Jones win to prove that Lincoln wasn’t just a one-man show, but Waltz has become Quentin Tarantino’s best tool in the shed.


Best Supporting Actress

Will Win/Should Win: Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables

First, let me congratulate Jacki Weaver for scoring a nomination for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook.  Sadly, this has a lock on Hathaway who will win Jennifer Hudson-in-Dreamgirls-style.  And admit it, you cried while she sang “I Dreamed a Dream.”


Best Adapted Screenplay

Will Win/Should Win: Tony Kushner, Lincoln

Kushner’s script put Aaron Sorkin’s political and sharp writing to shame.  That is how good it is.  My second favorite is David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook for its boisterous voice.  However, they are competing in the same category, and one has to win.


Best Original Screenplay

Will Win: Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

Should Win: Michael Haneke, Amour

Tarantino will walk away with the prize for the most original piece of work, but, again, Haneke should be awarded for crafting such a brilliant film on the page.


The Others:

Best Animated Feature Film: Wreck-It Ralph

Best Cinematography: Life of Pi

Best Costume Design: Anna Karenina

Best Documentary Feature: How to Survive a Plague

Best Documentary Short: Open Heart

Best Film Editing: Argo

Best Foreign Language Film: Amour

Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Hitchcock

Best Original Score: Life of Pi

Best Original Song: “Skyfall” from Skyfall

Best Production Design: Lincoln

Best Animated Short Film: Paperman

Best Short Film: Buzkashi Boys

Best Sound Editing: Skyfall

Best Sound Mixing: Les Misérables

Best Visual Effects: Life of Pi

Screenwriter. Humanities scholar. Cinephile. Samantha hails from Richmond, Virginia. She hates Hollywood synergy and people that get on her nerves. When she's not busy writing her next masterpiece or watching movies on Netflix and Hulu Plus, she serves on Student Senate, Student Life, SSSF, and SLAC where she tries to make "home" a better place for other students. Samantha would also like for people to understand that she loves Jean-Luc Godard films, even though he's anti-semitic and she's a Jew.

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