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My Oscar Picks – 2013

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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
Django Unchained
Les Miserables
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.

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.

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.

The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Wreck-It Ralph

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.

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  1. Rob
    February 27th, 2013 at 18:03 | #1

    I read up on who won, and that Seth McFarland got a mixed reaction. I’m biased w/ Tommy Lee Jones, despite not seeing the other movies. I was hoping he’d win off his performance and , really, his personality. Happy Ang Lee won, I doubt there’s been a more innovative, more astounding direction last year. Ben Affleck from what I’ve seen from GBG and The Town is more conventional, he doesn’t really offer anything new; his style and methods are more by-the-book. Ditto Spielberg and Kathryn Bigelow, though her book lost a lot of credibility once it started getting crucified by op-eds from US Senators/CIA about its inaccuracies w/ the main character’s existence and w/ torture. Ang Lee imo wrote a new book on direction: Life of Pi was made unlike anything I’ve seen before.

    Still wanna see Django and Zero Dark Thirty tho. Nothing else from the BP noms really jumps out at me as to-watch, so I’m guessing Argo will be like The Artist where I’ll just pass.

    Happy to see DDL win. I still think Anne Hathaway shouldn’t have won, it was being awarded for singing a song, nothing else. So yea, a glorified American Idol performance imo, I think she won off personality more than anything.

    Oh, and really happy for Tarantino winning (even though I haven’t seen it, and ADORING Moonrise Kingdom). He’s a national and global treasure as far as I’m concerned, I’ll be down the day he retires from making movies.

  2. Jennifer
    February 27th, 2013 at 23:54 | #2

    I didn’t expect Ang Lee to win, simply because Lincoln was so fantastic and it has been so long since Spielberg won an Oscar. When Lee won, I cheered, because it was so unexpected and so deserved. Life of Pi is one of the most beautiful films I’ve ever seen.

    I cheered when Tarantino and Waltz won too, because I didn’t expect either of them to win, as well. I agree that Tarantino is a treasure. I’ll be heartbroken when he retires because I don’t think there will ever be anyone else who makes films the way he does. I love the way he thinks and I adore his films. I am also a huge Wes Anderson fan, and was rooting for him as well (it’s too bad they couldn’t have tied for Best Original Screenplay!). I look forward to Tarantino and Anderson’s films more than any other director’s films.

  3. Rob
    March 1st, 2013 at 20:14 | #3


    Seeing Django tonight!! :D I think reading Frederick Douglass’s slave narrative autibiography recently motivated me more than ever to watch it. That, and it’s Tarantino. He’s reached a point of mass appeal where even middle-aged people love him. My Mom LOVED Django when she saw it with my Dad, and she usually stays away from violent movies. (I think b/c of QT’s style, it’s more cartoonish than graphic.)

    I’m most curious to see Samuel L Jackson in this, and how Jamie Foxx does (if he’s great for the part… maybe my sights are too high). Also, how Leo’s character and Sam’s character interact, which to me reading about it seems very interesting.

    Ya know, people might think Affleck deserved best director, and how these directors were snubbed, but I seriously doubt the direction of Argo, competent as it seems, can touch what Ang’s done with Life of Pi. That was a groundbreaking movie as far as I’m concerned; I’ve never seen anything like it. It was like entering the dreams of a Kurosawa and Disney and Petrov (he made the animated short Old Man & the Sea) and these tremendous visual minds, and taking in an experience that Avatar promised but couldn’t deliver. There were shots from Life of Pi I think matches what’s framed in any art museum I’ve been too; I mentioned the stars reflecting against the water giving the appearance Pi on his boat was floating through space and time — there’s also him with the jellyfish, or the shots from underwater, like the zoo animals floating til he arrives at the face of his mother, or the merchant ship sinking (which horrified me when I saw this! I was imagining myself as him in that scenario thinking of my family), on and on.

    Moonrise is one’ve my fave movies ever, than and Thin Red Line, it’s a sweetheart movie that was like a storybook I wanted to live in, but even then I’m not upset it lost to QT b/c it was more imo a joint production of everything coming together. It’s the sweetest dialogue (“Jimminy crickets he flew the coop!” or Edward Norton’s character seeming very sad and surprised Sam would want to quit the khaki scouts, I thought that was cute how he went to cheer him up). Movies like MR usually don’t win screenplay, I would’ve rather seen best picture or production design or cinematography (esp over The Hobbit, which was same ol, same ol).

    Anyway — super excited for tonight! I know nothing about Christoph Waltz in this, other than he’s a dentist turned killer. I wanna see how QT makes this into a spaghetti western, too. I’ve got the biggest soft spot for those, esp the Dollars movies.

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