2013 Predictions for Oscars

Posted on April 23, 2012

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You know what…might as well compare these predictions to those the day before the awards are announced. Here are my predictions:

BEST PICTURE

Les Miserables (WINNER)

Django Unchained

Zero Dark Thirty

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Wettest County

The Dark Knight Rises

To Rome With Love

Lincoln

OTHER POSSIBLES: The Avengers, Skyfall, Argo, The Great Gatsby, The Gangster Squad, Gravity, Won’t Back Down, Hope Springs, The Master, Life of Pi, Brave, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

When looking at the films, I felt like Les Miserables would be on the list, because of its director, Academy Award-winning director Tom Hooper, the story, and the cast:  Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, etc. Then, I thought that Quentin Tarantino needed to redeem himself after losing most of the Academy Awards he was nominated for, for Inglorious Basterds, so he would try really hard to make Django Unchained a success. Then, you think about Academy-Award winning director Kathryn Bigelow doing a movie about the killing of Osama Bin Ladin (the Academy’s going to love that!) titled Zero Dark Thirty. Then, Peter Jackson is releasing a prequel to his successful Lord of the Rings trilogy, (which was honored heavily by the Academy), so there is another probable nominee. Then, Harvey Weinstien never gets it wrong, so that’s why I’m putting The Wettest County on my list, as The Weinstien Company is helping to produce it. Then, you think back to 2008 and how The Dark Knight was snubbed of a Best Picture nomination. The Academy won’t make the same mistake twice, so I feel like The Dark Knight Rises will be nominated. Then, you think, the Academy loves Woody Allen, so chances are that they will honor his next film, To Rome With Love, just as much as they did Midnight in Paris last year. Then finally, you have Steven Spielberg’s next film, Lincoln. Last year Spielberg was pretty much shut out by the Academy with War Horse not getting a Directing nomination and Tintin not getting an Animated Feature nomination, so you can expect the Academy to give Spielberg some forgiveness this year.

Other films to think about are: Joss Whedon’s action-packed summer flick The Avengers, James Bond’s 23rd movie, Skyfall, Ben Affleck’s spy thriller Argo, Baz Luhrman’s take on an old novel, The Great Gatsby, a Drive-type movie except instead of cars, gangsters, Gangster SquadAlfanso Cauron’s science-fiction film Gravity, a strong heartfelt Viola Davis movie titled Won’t Back Down, the new Meryl Streep movie, Hope Springs, Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, Ang Lee’s Life of Pi and Pixar’s new animated film Brave. Also don’t forget about Lasse Hallstrom’s Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.

BEST LEADING ACTOR

Daniel Day-Lewis-Lincoln (WINNER)

Leonardo di Capprio-The Great Gatsby

Jamie Foxx-Django Unchained

Chris Pratt-Zero Dark Thirty

Hugh Jackman-Les Miserables

OTHER POSSIBLES: Daniel Craig-Skyfall, Ben Affleck-Argo, Sacha Baron Cohen-The Dictator, Johnny Depp-Dark Shadows, Ryan Gosling-The Gangster Squad, Bill Murray-Hyde Park on Hudson, Ewan McGregor-Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

On this category, you know Daniel Day-Lewis will be nominated for interpreting Abraham Lincoln, then you know that having been shut out the last few years, Leonardo di Capprio might have sympathy from the Academy as a millionaire who falls in love with a character played by Carey Mulligan. Next, you have Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx in Quentin Tarantino’s newest movie, and you can bet Tarantino will push Foxx over the edge. Then, we have Chris Pratt in Kathryn Bigelow’s Osama bin Ladin thriller, though it is unclear who he will be playing, you can tell he will be nominated (unless he’s playing bin Ladin). Then, you have Hugh Jackman playing a man who was put in jail unfairly named Jean Valjean, one of the most famous in story main characters.

For others, you could consider Daniel Craig playing James Bond (AGAIN), Ben Affleck in his own spy thriller, Sacha Baron Cohen as The Dictator, Johnny Depp playing vampire Barnabas Collins in Tim Burton’s dark rom com Dark Shadows, Ryan Gosling playing a gangster in The Gangster Squad, and Bill Murray playing Franklin Roosevelt in Hyde Park on Hudson. But also remember Ewan McGregor for Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Russell Crowe-Les Miserables (WINNER)

Nick Nolte-Gangster Squad

Shia LaBeouf-The Wettest County

Tom Hardy-The Dark Knight Rises

Jesse Eisenberg-To Rome With Love

OTHER POSSIBLES: Joseph Gordon-Levitt-Lincoln, Alec Baldwin-To Rome With Love, Sacha Baron Cohen-Les Miserables, Mark Ruffalo-The Avengers

Now, we all know Russell Crowe will be nominated for playing a fierce police person in Les Miserables, and Nick Nolte will probably be nominated again following his loss at the 2012 Academy Awards. Then, it gets interesting. Harvey Weinstien can coax brilliant performances out of actors, so I’m saying Shia LaBeouf, who is most known for being in Transformers and being Indiana Jones‘s son, might get the nod. Then, I say Tom Hardy will get nominated for The Dark Knight Rises, for playing Bane, a deadly villain, but the performance might be compared to Heath Ledger’s in The Dark Knight. Then, I say that previous nominee for 2010’s The Social Network, and might get nominated if Woody Allen can (do some stuff) to him.

I also think that possibly Joseph Gordon-Levitt could be nominated for Lincoln, Alec Baldwin could be nominated for being Eisenberg’s partner in To Rome With Love, and if anyone is playing Nero in that movie, I’m sure they will get nominated (the movie was originally titled Nero Fiddled). Then, a possibility is Sacha Baron Cohen getting nominated for being a cruel innkeeper in Les Miserables by the name of Thenardier.

BEST LEADING ACTRESS

Laura Linney-Hyde Park on Hudson (WINNER)

Jessica Chastain-Zero Dark Thirty

Sandra Bullock-Gravity

Viola Davis-Won’t Back Down

Meryl Streep-Hope Springs

OTHER POSSIBLES: Helen Hunt-The Sufrrogate, Carey Mulligan-The Great Gatsby, Jennifer Lawrence-The Hunger Games, Emily Blunt-Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

So, you think, Laura Linney is playing Franklin Roosevelt’s cousin (NO EASY DEAL), so I’m sure she will be nominated. Jessica Chastain might get nominated for Zero Dark Thirty, because of her (undeserving) nomination last year for The Help, and I think she wants to swoop in and get an Oscar this year. Followed by previous Oscar-winner Sandra Bullock, who is in Alfanso Cauron’s Gravity, alongside George Clooney (who might also get nominated). Next, you have Viola Davis. After being snubbed of a win last year for The Help, she might try to get the gold in Round 2. Then, I said that Meryl Streep might get nominated for Hope Springs. Everyone knows she won’t take the stage on Oscar night, but she will get nominated.

Helen Hunt might get nominated for The Sufrrogate, Carey Mulligan might be nominated for acting alongside Leonardo di Capprio in The Great Gatsby, and very possibly Jennifer Lawrence may be nominated for her impressive work as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games. Plus don’t forget Emily Blunt in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Olivia Williams-Hyde Park on Hudson (WINNER)

Anne Hathaway-Les Miserables

Olivia Colman-Hyde Park on Hudson

Jessica Chastain-The Wettest County

Penelope Cruz-To Rome With Love

OTHER POSSIBLES: Maggie Gyllenhaal-Won’t Back Down, Helena Bonham Carter-Les Miserables, Amanda Seyfried-Les Miserables, Nicole Kidman-The Paperboy, Laura Dern-The Master, Judi Dench-The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Maggie Smith-The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel)

Olivia Williams will be nominated (because all characters in Hyde Park on Hudson are historical, and it is tough to play a historical figure), then I think that Anne Hathaway will be nominated for her work as Fantine in Les Miserables, and I think she would be most deserving (after having to sing: I Dreamed a Dream). Then, I personally think Olivia (the other one) Colman will be nominated for Hyde Park on Hudson. But I have my doubts about her actually winning. Then, I thought that Jessica Chastain will think (2 is better than 1) and get nominated for The Wettest County as well as Zero Dark Thirty. Then, I think that Penelope Cruz will be nominated for Woody Allen’s To Rome with Love.

Possibly Maggie Gyllenhaal could be nominated for playing alongside Viola Davis in Won’t Back Down, and maybe Helena Bonham Carter could get nominated for playing Madame Thenardier, a cruel wife to a cruel innkeeper. Then, I thought that Amanda Seyfried could get nominated for playing Cosette in Les Miserables, opposite Eddie Redmayne. Then maybe popular actresses Nicole Kidman and Laura Dern could be nominated as well. But don’t forget that hotel in India! Judi Dench and/or Maggie Smith could get nominations.

BEST DIRECTING

Tom Hooper-Les Miserables (WINNER)

Kathryn Bigelow-Zero Dark Thirty

Quentin Tarantino-Django Unchained

Steven Spielberg-Lincoln

Woody Allen-To Rome With Love

OTHER POSSIBLES: Paul Thomas Anderson-The Master, Alfanso Cauron-Gravity, Christopher Nolan-The Dark Knight Rises, Ben Affleck-Argo, Peter Jackson-The Hobbit, Lasse Hallstrom-Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Joss Whedon-The Avengers

Here, I think that Tom Hooper will be nominated for directing Les Miserables, and Kathryn Bigelow will be nominated for grasping hold of this Osama bin Ladin concept in Zero Dark Thirty. Then, bet Quentin Taratino to be nominated for his directorial work on Django Unchained. Then, you can bet Spielberg will get nominated for directing Lincoln, a film about Abraham Lincoln and family. Then, you can bet Woody Allen will get nominated (because the Academy loves Woody Allen) for his work on To Rome with Love.

Then, other possibles are Paul Thomas Anderson for The Master. Also, consider Harry Potter 3 director Alfanso Cauron, Christopher Nolan for directing his 3rd and final Batflick: The Dark Knight Rises, Ben Affleck for directing spy thriller Argo, and finally Academy-Award winner Peter Jackson for directing his Lord of the Rings prequel, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Plus Lasse Hallstrom for Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Les Miserables (WINNER)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Gangster Squad

Argo

Lincoln

OTHER POSSIBLES: Life of Pi, The Silver Linings Playbook, The Hunger Games, 21 Jump Street, Hope Springs, The Avengers, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

You can bet Les Miserables will be nominated for the adaptation from the stage play and book. Then, you can expect Peter Jackson to be nominated for his work writing The Hobbit, and also you can bet The Gangster Squad would be nominated, plus Ben Affleck’s Argo will probably be nominated, and I think that the Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln will be on the list as well.

Other possibles might be Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, David O. Russell (The Fighter)‘s The Silver Linings Playbook and pop-culture box office hit The Hunger Games. Plus possibly 21 Jump Street or Hope Springs could get nominated. But you cannot forget about The Avengers or The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Zero Dark Thirty (WINNER)

Django Unchained

To Rome With Love

The Master

Gravity

OTHER POSSIBLES:  Hyde Park on Hudson, Moonrise Kingdom

I think that Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty will top off the list,  then Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, followed by Woody Allen’s To Rome with Love. Then, bet on The Master and Gravity to be nominated.

Other possibles could be  Hyde Park on Hudson or Moonrise Kingdom 

ANIMATED FILM

Brave (WINNER)

Rise of the Guardians

The Lorax

OTHER POSSIBLES: The Secret World of Arietty, Wreck-It-Ralph

My predicted nominees are: Pixar’s Brave, Dreamworks Animation’s Rise of the Guardians, Illumination’s The Lorax, and maybe 2 more movies. If there were 2 more movies to be nominated, they world be: Studio Ghibi’s The Secret World of Arietty or Disney Animation’s Wreck-It-Ralph.

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