My Oscar Picks – 2013
And here they are – my Oscar picks! I’ve only made predictions for the major categories where I’ve seen most, if not all of the films nominated. For this reason, I’ve left out Best Documentary Feature and Best Foreign Film.
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Life of Pi
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty
Will win: Argo. It’s a fantastic thriller and Hollywood plays a prominent (and positive!) role in it. In light of the controversy surrounding Zero Dark Thirty, I think Argo has the best shot at winning.
Should win: Django Unchained. It’s the best, and riskiest film of the bunch. Unfortunately, it’s a bit too risky for Oscar voters.
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Denzel Washington, Flight
Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Will win: Daniel Day-Lewis. He became Abraham Lincoln and portrays him with charm, charisma and a surprising amount of humour.
Should win: Daniel Day-Lewis – nobody else comes close.
Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Naomi Watts, The Impossible
Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Will win: It’ll be a battle between Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain, but I’m giving the edge to Chastain.
Should win: Jennifer Lawrence – I loved both performances, but I have a special fondness for Lawrence and loved what she did with her character.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Alan Arkin, Argo
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Will win: Tommy Lee Jones seems to be the front-runner, but it could also very easily go to Christoph Waltz or Robert De Niro.
Should win: Christoph Waltz. Perhaps I’m biased because I am, admittedly, a huge fan of his work, but I thought his performance as Dr. King Schultz was powerful, and layered. He’s one of the best actors working today.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams, The Master
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Sally Field, Lincoln
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook
Will win: Anne Hathaway – no contest.
Should win: Anne Hathaway because she made us all weep into our popcorn.
Ang Lee, Life of Pi
David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Behn Zeitlin, Beast of the Southern Wild
Michael Haneke, Amour
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
Will win: I have a feeling it’ll be Steven Spielberg’s year.
Should win: Ang Lee, because he made a spectacular film out of an unfilmable novel. Plus the visual effects were some of the most amazing I’ve ever seen. He’s still a dark horse in this race but he has a decent shot at winning.
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Will win: Brave. Pixar always does well in this category (and deservedly), and Brave was an excellent film.
Should win: Wreck-It Ralph. The animation was lovely, the voice acting was amazing and the story tugged on my heartstrings. I felt it tested conventions more than Brave did, and it was one of my favourite films of 2012.