Saturday, February 25, 2012

"And The Oscar Goes To..." 2012 Academy Award Predictions

Are you getting excited?

Well, gosh darn it, you should be! It a little over 24 hours, the red carpet outside the Kodak Theatre Hollywood & Highland Center will be full of celebrities in their gorgeous tuxes and gowns before everyone rushes inside to watch Billy Crystal usher in the 84th Annual Academy Awards!

I've already broken down my predictions in the nine "major" categories at great length, but there are 24 awards going out tomorrow night, so I might as well throw in my two cents for all of them. Some are well-informed and researched predictions, others—ahem, Best Documentary Short Subject—are just shots in the dark. But what fun is Oscar night if you don't try, amirite?! With any luck, this list will skyrocket me to the top of my Oscar pool tomorrow night, and perhaps help you out, too, dear readers.

So, without further ado, my predictions for the Oscars are...

(Predicted Winner noted in bold)

Best Picture
The Artist
The Descendants
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
The Help
Midnight in Paris
The Tree of Life
War Horse
Best Directing
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Demián Bichir, A Better Life
George Clooney, The Descendants
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Gary Oldman, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Brad Pitt, Moneyball
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis, The Help
Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Nick Nolte, Warrior
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Max Von Sydow, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Bérénice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer, The Help
Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
The Descendants (Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash)
Hugo (John Logan)
The Ides of March (George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon)
Moneyball (Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin; Story by Stan Chervin)
Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy (Bridget O'Connor & Peter Straughan)
Best Writing (Original Screenplay)
The Artist (Michel Hazanavicius)
Bridesmaids (Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig)
Margin Call (J.C. Chandor)
Midnight in Paris (Woody Allen)
A Separation (Asghar Farhadi)
Best Animated Feature Film
A Cat in Paris
Chico & Rita
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots
Best Foreign Language Film
In Darkness
Monsieur Lazhar
A Separation
Best Art Direction
The Artist
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Midnight in Paris
War Horse
Best Cinematography
The Artist
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Tree of Life
War Horse
Best Costume Design
The Artist
Jane Eyre
Best Documentary Feature
Hell and Back Again
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
Best Documentary Short Subject
The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Solider of the Civil Rights Movement
God is the Bigger Elvis
Incident in New Baghdad
Saving Face
The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom
Best Film Editing
The Artist
The Descendants
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Best Makeup
Albert Nobbs
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
The Iron Lady
Best Music (Original Score)
The Adventures of Tintin
The Artist
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
War Horse
Best Music (Original Song)
"Man or Muppet," The Muppets
"Real in Rio," Rio
Best Short Film (Animated)
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
La Luna
A Morning Stroll
Wild Life
Best Short Film (Live Action)
The Shore
Time Freak
Tuba Atlantic
Best Sound Editing
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
War Horse
Best Sound Mixing
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
War Horse
Best Visual Effects
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Real Steel
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
And here's the breakdown for how many awards I think will be received by each of the Best Picture nominees:
5 out of 10 for The Artist
3 out of 11 for Hugo
2 out of 4 for The Help
1 out of 5 for The Descendants
1 out of 4 for Midnight in Paris
1 out of 3 for The Tree of Life
1 out of 6 for War Horse
0 out of 2 for Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
0 out of 6 for Moneyball
It's likely that The Artist or Hugo could get more than I'm predicting, and that The Tree of Life and War Horse could be completely shut out.

What do you think? What does your Oscar ballot look like? And have you entered the 2012 Please Welcome Your Judges Oscar Contest yet?!

Oscar coverage on ABC begins tomorrow (Sunday, February 26th) at 7pm/EST on the red carpet. The show begins at 8:30pm/EST.

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