Oscar Predictions

Oscar Predictions

Our Movie Guy, Manny gives his 2013 Oscar Predictions

Best Picture

  • Argo

Because it’s simply the best movie of 2012! Plus, it already won a Producer’s Guild Award which is a great sign.

Best Director

  • Steven Spielberg: Lincoln

If Affleck was nominated, then heck, he would win, but alas, we’ll go to the second favorite film of the Academy, and that of course, is “Lincoln.” All hail Steven Spielberg.

Best Actor In A Leading Role

  • Daniel Day-Lewis: Lincoln

Without a doubt – Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln

Best Actress In A Leading Role

  • Emmanuelle Riva: Amour

If you asked me two months ago, my answer would have been Jessica Chastain. If you asked me three months ago, it would have been Jennifer Lawrence. But now? I have a sneaky feeling that Emmanuelle Riva will win for “Amour!” I think Lawrence and Chastain will cancel each other out. And the Academy loves sick characters (check), legends (check), foreign actors (check), and “Amour” garnering multiple Oscar nominations is a great big plus for Riva.

Best Actor In A Supporting Role

  • Tommy Lee Jones: Lincoln

I will be happy if either Christoph Waltz or Philip Seymour Hoffman walk home with an Oscar but I think Tommy Lee Jones and his memorable wig from the movie will win! He won a Screen Actors Guild award already, and that’s a good sign.

Best Actress In A Supporting Role

  • Anne Hathaway: Les Miserables

In any given year, Sally Field would have been deserving, but, she didn’t cut her hair, lose tremendous amount of weight, or sing her heart out. Hathaway did, and boy, did she leave us breathless in just barely fifteen minutes of on-screen time! Fantastic!

Best Original Screenplay

  • Mark Boal: Zero Dark Thirty

Zero Dark Thirty from scriptwriter Mark Boal. The script won the Writers Guild Award already which is a good sign.

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Chris Terrio: Argo

This is a tough one. Sure, “Argo” won a WGA award, but “Lincoln” is also favored, as well as “Silver Linings Playbook.” But, I’ll go for “Argo.”

Best Foreign Language Film

  • Amour

Amour! Great sign that it’s nominated for Best Picture, and it also received a
lot of nods. And, the movie is just exquisite, it’s my favorite Foreign Language film of 2012.

Best Animated Feature Film

  • Wreck-It Ralph

My heart belongs to “Paranorman,” but “Wreck-It-Ralph” has been getting all the accolades, and it’s more palatable. Isn’t it sad that Pixar lost its magic at least last year? “Brave” anyone?

Best Original Song

  • Skyfall

My heart belongs to “Suddenly” from “Les Miserables” but the Academy loves a James Bond song and we all bow down to Adele who will be singing live at the Oscars! So
yes, this category belongs to Bond, James Bond.

Best Cinematography

  • Claudio Miranda: Life Of Pi

Yes, Roger Deakins, always an Oscar bridesmaid, never a bride, may bow down to Claudio Miranda who created the most beautiful film of 2012, “Life of Pi.” Deakins did win at the ASC, American Society of Cinematographers, so there’s still hope!

Best Film Editing

  • William Goldenberg: Argo

Argo! Sure, both “Argo” and “Silver Lining Playbook” won at the recently concluded ACE Eddie Awards (American Cinema Editors), “Argo” for dramatic feature and “Silver Linings Playbook” for comedy/musical category, but in the end, the Academy prefers drama more than comedy and “Argo’s” perfectly edited scenes that jumped between real and reel footage deserve recognition.

Best Costume Design

  • Jacqueline Durran: Anna Karenina

If “Anna Karenina” deserves one Oscar, it’s for the fabulous costumes!

Best Documentary Feature

  • Searching For Sugar Man

Searching for Sugar Man has been and will always be my favorite to win!

Best Visual Effects

  • Life Of Pi

Will Win: Life of Pi

Best Production Design

  • David Gropman, Anna Pinnock: Life Of Pi

Life of Pi: this movie didn’t reach $500 million in box-office revenue just to be
ignored by the Academy HA!

Best Original Score

  • Mychael Danna: Life Of Pi

Life of Pi: Mychael Danna’s heartfelt score deserves to win!

Best Make Up

  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

I’m thinking “The Hobbit– compare each nominated film and imagine how many hours each movie devote in make-up and styling. Yup, “The Hobbit” took more time right?

Best Sound Editing

  • Life Of Pi

Will Win: Life of PI

Best Sound Mixing

  • Skyfall

WILL WIN: Skyfall

Best Documentary Short Film

  • Mondays At Racine

Mondays at Racine– an excellent documentary short about women with cancer who meet at a beauty salon in Long Island.

Best Animated Short

  • Paperman

I love both “Paperman” and “Adam and Dog” but I just fall more for “Paperman” just a bit higher plus, “Paperman” won the Annie Award already, so, another good sign.

Best Live-Action Short Film

  • Curfew

Curfew by Shawn Christensen left an indelible mark