2013 Oscars

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This is the first year EVER that I have watched all the Best Picture nominees for the Oscars. Not only that, but I have also seen all movies with Best Actor/Actress, Supporting Actor/Actress, Directing, and Writing nominations. 14 movies in total. It’s harder than you think!

Here are my picks!!

BEST PICTURE

Nominees:
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Silver Linings Playbook
Argo
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Zero Dark Thirty
Les Misérables
Lincoln
Amour

Who Should Win: Django Unchained
I thought this was the best movie of the year. Hilarious, engaging, and well-acted by every single member of the cast. (Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington… So different from her role on Scandal! And who could forget Walton Goggins?) But a Tarantino film will probably never win Best Picture. 😦

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My other favorites were Life of Pi and Silver Linings Playbook. (And I fell asleep during Lincoln and Amour, making them my least favorite!)

Who Will Win: Argo
It was a good movie but not one of the best in my opinion. Pretty predictable. I guess that’s what happens when you make a movie based on a true story. But it won the Golden Globe for Best Drama and it has gotten a lot of hype since Ben Affleck was snubbed for a Directing nomination.

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ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Nominees:
Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty (previously nominated for The Help)
Quvenzhané Wallis in Beasts of the Southern Wild
Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook (previously nominated for Winter’s Bone)
Naomi Watts in The Impossible (previously nominated for 21 Grams)
Emmanuelle Riva in Amour

Who Should Win:
Naomi Watts in The Impossible. I could feel her pain! Such a difficult movie to watch; her acting made it feel so real. Most underrated movie of the year!

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Quvenzhané Wallis did a pretty amazing job for a six-year-old as well. (She is the youngest nominee ever for this category, and Emmanuelle Riva is the oldest.)

Who Will Win:
From what I’ve been hearing, Jennifer Lawrence. I did love Silver Linings Playbook, and I really like her as an actress, but I thought the other actors all played more memorable roles. (She and Jessica Chastain both won Golden Globes this year.)

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ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Nominees:
Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln (previously nominated for In the Name of the Father and Gangs of New York; won for My Left Foot and There Will Be Blood)
Hugh Jackman in Les Misérables
Joaquin Phoenix in The Master (previously nominated for Gladiator and Walk the Line)
Denzel Washington in Flight (previously nominated for Cry Freedom, Malcolm X, and The Hurricane; won for Glory and Training Day)

Who Should Win:
Daniel Day-Lewis. Even though I thought the movie was a bit boring, there is no doubt that Daniel Day-Lewis played an amazing Abe Lincoln. He was born for the role.

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If I had to pick a runner-up it’d be Hugh Jackman.

Who Will Win:
Daniel Day-Lewis. No contest.

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Nominees:
Amy Adams in The Master (previously nominated for Junebug, Doubt, and The Fighter)
Sally Field in Lincoln (won for Norma Rae and Places in the Heart)
Anne Hathaway in Les Misérables (previously nominated for Rachel Getting Married)
Helen Hunt in The Sessions (won for As Good as It Gets)
Jacki Weaver in Silver Linings Playbook (previously nominated for Animal Kingdom)

Who Should Win:
Anne Hathaway. Even though she was hardly in the movie, she made a lasting impression. If you did not cry when she sang “I Dreamed a Dream,” you have no soul.

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My second favorite was Helen Hunt. The Sessions was a much better movie than I was anticipating. She played a difficult role and did a great job, but where’s the love for John Hawkes?? He was awesome in this film too.

Who Will Win:
Anne Hathaway.

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Nominees:
Alan Arkin in Argo (previously nominated for The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming and The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter; won for Little Miss Sunshine)
Robert De Niro in Silver Linings Playbook (previously nominated for Taxi Driver, The Deer Hunter, Awakenings, and Cape Fear; won for The Godfather: Part II and Raging Bull)
Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Master (previously nominated for Charlie Wilson’s War and Doubt; won for Capote)
Tommy Lee Jones in Lincoln (previously nominated for JFK and In the Valley of Elah; won for The Fugitive)
Christoph Waltz in Django Unchained (won for Inglourious Basterds)

Who Should Win:
Christoph Waltz. I love love LOVE him. He is so funny even when he is playing someone unlikeable (see: Inglourious Basterds). But everyone in Django Unchained deserved a nomination in my opinion!

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Who Will Win:
I’m not sure. I’m thinking either Robert De Niro or Tommy Lee Jones. But Christoph Waltz did win the Golden Globe so I think he has a chance.

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DIRECTING

Nominees:
Michael Haneke for Amour
Benh Zeitlin for Beasts of the Southern Wild
Ang Lee for Life of Pi (previously nominated for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; won for Brokeback Mountain)
Steven Spielberg for Lincoln (previous nominated for Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and Munich; won for Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan)
David O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook (previously nominated for The Fighter)

Who Should Win:
Ang Lee. Like many others, I wondered how Life of Pi could be made into a movie… An interesting movie. But somehow that Indian boy and tiger stranded on a boat together for weeks became magical on the big screen. (It should win Visual Effects too!)

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Who Will Win:
My best guess is Steven Spielberg.

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WRITING: ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Nominees:
Argo written by Chris Terrio
Beasts of the Southern Wild screenplay by Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin
Life of Pi written by David Magee
Lincoln written by Tony Kushner
Silver Linings Playbook written by David O. Russell

Who Should Win:
Beasts of the Southern Wild… Just to spread the love. It was a very unique film. Certainly not what I expected.

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Who Will Win:
Your guess is as good as mine.

WRITING: ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Nominees:
Amour written by Michael Haneke
Django Unchained written by Quentin Tarantino
Flight written by John Gatins
Moonrise Kingdom written by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola
Zero Dark Thirty written by Mark Boal

Who Should Win:
Moonrise Kingdom… Such a great movie and this was its only nomination!

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Who Will Win:
See above; I can’t predict the writing categories!

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