Sunday, February 24, 2013

Oscar Predictions 2013: Zero Hour

Well, it's that time of the year again where the Academy gets together to honor the most inoffensive underwhelming films of the year and give tangential recognition to the things that are kind of out there but not too out there Mr. Paul Thomas Anderson! As such, I sit down the day before the big ceremony to make my final predictions. Even the categories no one seems to care about. Go behind the politics, behind the machine, put all my analytic credibility on the line for a bunch of little statues. As usual, I have ranked the nominees in each category from most likely to win to least likely. So who will win? Lets find out!

Best Picture

1. Argo
2. Lincoln
3. Silver Linings Playbook
4. Life of Pi
5. Amour
6. Beasts of the Southern Wild
7. Django Unchained
8. Zero Dark Thirty
9. Les Miserables


1. Lincoln
2. Life of Pi
3. Amour
4. Silver Linings Playbook
5. Beasts of the Southern Wild


1. Emmanuelle Riva - Amour
2. Jennifer Lawrence - Silver Linings Playbook 
3. Jessica Chastain - Zero Dark Thirty
4. Naomi Watts - The Impossible
5. Quvenzhane Wallis - Beasts of the Southern Wild


1. Daniel Day-Lewis - Lincoln
2. Hugh Jackman - Les Miserables
3. Joaquin Phoenix - The Master
4. Denzel Washington - Flight
5. Bradley Cooper - Silver Linings Playbook

Supporting Actress

1. Anne Hathaway - Les Miserables
2. Sally Field - Lincoln
3. Jacki Weaver - Silver Linings Playbook
4. Helen Hunt - The Sessions
5. Amy Adams - The Master

Supporting Actor

1. Tommy Lee Jones - Lincoln
2. Robert De Niro - Silver Linings Playbook
3. Philip Seymour Hoffman - The Master
4. Christoph Waltz - Django Unchained
5. Alan Arkin - Argo

Original Screenplay

1. Zero Dark Thirty
2. Amour
3. Django Unchained
4. Moonrise Kingdom
5. Flight

Adapted Screenplay

1. Argo
2. Lincoln
3. Silver Linings Playbook
4. Life of Pi
5. Beasts of the Southern Wild

Animated Feature

1. Brave
2. Wreck-It Ralph
3. ParaNorman
4. Frankenweenie
5. The Pirates! Band of Misfits

Foreign Language Film

1. Amour
2. Kon-Tiki
3. No
4. A Royal Affair
5. War Witch


1. Life of Pi
2. Skyfall
3. Lincoln
4. Django Unchained
5. Anna Karenina

Film Editing

1. Argo
2. Zero Dark Thirty
3. Life of Pi
4. Lincoln
5. Silver Linings Playbook

Costume Design

1. Anna Karenina
2. Les Miserables
3. Lincoln
4. Mirror Mirror
5. Snow White and the Huntsman

Make Up and Hairstyling

1. Les Miserables
2. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
3. Hitchcock

Original Score

1. Life of Pi
2. Argo
3. Lincoln
4. Skyfall
5. Anna Karenina

Original Song

1. "Skyfall" - Skyfall
2. "Suddenly" - Les Miserables
3. "Before My Time" - Chasing Ice
4. "Pi's Lullaby" - Life of Pi
5. "Everybody Needs A Best Friend" - Ted

Production Design

1. Anna Karenina
2. Life of Pi
3. Les Miserables
4. Lincoln
5. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Visual Effects

1. Life of Pi
2. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
3. Snow White and the Huntsman
4. Marvel's The Avengers
5. Prometheus

Sound Editing

1. Zero Dark Thirty
5. Life of Pi
3. Argo
4. Skyfall
5. Django Unchained

Sound Mixing

1. Les Miserables
2. Life of Pi
3. Argo
4. Skyfall
5. Lincoln

Animated Short Film

1. "Paperman"
2. "Adam and Dog"
3. "Maggie Simpson in 'The Longest Daycare'"
4. "Fresh Guacamole"
5. "Head Over Heels"

Live Action Short Film

1. "Curfew"
2. "Buzkashi Boys"
3. "Asad"
4. "Henry"
5. "Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)"

Documentary Short

1. "Mondays at Racine"
2. "Inocente"
3. "Open Heart"
4. "Kings Point"
5. "Redemption"

Documentary Feature

1. Searching for Sugar Man
2. The Gatekeepers
3. The Invisible War
4. How to Survive a Plague
5. 5 Broken Cameras

There we have it! Who do you think is going to win? Who should win (the answer to this is not the films that I have winning in most categories)? Are the Golden Globes a good way to predict what will happen?

Let me know below in comments!

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