With the Oscars only a day away, and even though I won’t be tuning in, I figured I’d throw away some predictions just for the fun of it.
Who will win: The Artist (my review)
Who should win: The Help (my review)
The Artist is more “artistic” perhaps, with it being a silent movie and all. But The Help is just so much more. The Help is a movie with a very deep and real story and it makes the book upon which it was based even better. The acting in both movies is phenomenal but The Help, as an ensemble, rises above The Artist. It ultimately goes down to this: if your preference is for out of the box movies, and by out of the box in this case we mean going retro, then you will go with The Artist. If your preference is for movies that will tug on your heartstrings and leave you, at their end, reflective on your life, then go with The Help. Which one has the momentum? The Artist. Which movie is the most prone to upset The Artist? The Help.
Who will win: Jean Dujardin
Who should win: Jean Dujardin
I think with the momentum The Artist is garnering across award shows, and with his recent wins, Jean Dujardin should have enough momentum to snag his first Oscar. And quite frankly, the only thing working against him here is that Academy voters may be wary of voting for someone they’re not familiar with. But he was able to get audiences to connect with his character without uttering a single word. And that, by itself, is an achievment when compared with his fellow nominees.
Who will win: Viola Davis
Who should win: Rooney Mara
Rooney Mara, in her chilling portrayal of Lisbeth Salander, has my vote for best actress. She wore her character like a glove and Lisbeth is definitely a much more difficult character to wear than say Aibeleen or even Margaret Thatcher. But Rooney Mara’s chances are next to zero. It’s all between Viola Davis and Meryl Streep. I think Academy voters take Meryl Streep for granted, that’s why Davis will have an oh-so-tiny edge over Streep and snag her first Oscar. Streep will be satisfied with breaking yet another of her records for most Oscar nominations.
Who will win: Michel Hazanavicius
Who should win: Michel Hazanavicius
To make a successful silent movie in 2012 is commendable. Michel Hazanavicius pulls it off. This puts him way above his fellow nominees who are only there before of their name, not because of the quality of their movies. Yes, I’m looking at you Terrence Malick and Alexandre Payne.
Best Supporting Actor:
Who will win: Christopher Plummer
Who should win: Christopher Plummer
He has the momentum. His performance in the Beginners as a gay father who comes out late in life only to be diagnosed with terminal lung cancer after is quite chilling. And at 82, it’s high time he get his Oscar.
Best Supporting Actress:
Who will win: Octavia Spencer
Who should win: Octavia Spencer
As much as I want Jessica Chastain to take this, for The Help, I can’t but be delusional in wanting so. Octavia Spencer has almost had a flaw-free award season with her portrayal of Minnie and the Oscars will be her night. Regardless, I’d be more than happy with either of the women from The Help taking this. Berenice Bejo might be in for an upset though, depending on how big of a sweep The Artist is preparing. Either way, all three of them deserve it.
Best Animated Feature:
Who will win: Rango
Who should win: Puss in Boots
*cat in the background saying ouuu* – enough said, right? Puss in Boots is entertaining, funny and charming. Rango appeals to Oscar voters more with its more serious tone. You know where their votes are going.
Best Foreign Movie:
Who will win: A Separation (my review)
Who should win: A Separation
A Separation is an absolutely captivating tale of two Iranian families and how their lives intertwined due to some incidences all the backdrop of modern day Tehran. The screenplay is very well written, as is obvious by it being nominated for an Oscar as well. A Separation has also won every major award for foreign movies this year. Asghar Abbasi’s movie has this in the bag.
Visual Effects: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (my review)
Original Score: The Artist
Makeup: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Cinematography: War Horse (my review)
Art Direction: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Costume Design: The Artist
Film Editing: The Artist
Sound Editing: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (my review)
Sound Mixing: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Adapted Screenplay: Moneyball (my review)
Original Screenplay: Midnight in Paris (my review)