2013 m. vasario 20 d., trečiadienis

85th Academy Awards' predictions

Finally I watched Django Unchained, the last film of my pre-Oscars watchlist. I honestly have no idea what took me so long to watch this one, because it was undoubtedly the best franchise I've seen in a while. I am not going to do a review, or anything, since I haven't done that for quite a lot of films, lately, I'm just going to say, if you like any other Quentin Tarantino's film, you must watch this one as well. I am sure I will watch this not only once again. It was brilliant. Christoph Waltz showed the highest class of acting in this film.
Anyway, let's head to the thing we're all gathered here for - predictions. I may not be very objective with some categories, but I will still share my prediction. So, let's get started.

Best Picture
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Django Unchained
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

(After such success in ALL of the awards so far, Argo is most likely to take an Oscar for best picture, too, but it's not the reason why I'm picking this one. I have to admit, that I haven't seen Beasts of the Southern Wild and Amour, but from what I've seen, Argo is the best picture of all.)

Best Director
Steven Spielberg in Lincoln
Michael Haneke in Amour
Behn Zeitlin in Beasts of the Southern Wild
Ang Lee in Life of Pi 
David O. Russell in Silver Linings Playbook

(I'm taking a risk with sharing this prediction of mine. I understand that my opinion is very unpopular and probably, not the right one, but since they didn't nominated Bigelow, Affleck and Tarantino, which was shocking, let's admit that, I honestly have no other choice. I mean, there's 99% that David O. Russell is not going to win an Oscar, but in this category I support only him.)

Best Score
Dario Marianelli in Anna Karenina
Alexandre Desplat in Argo
Mychael Danna in Life of Pi
John Williams in Lincoln
Thomas Newman in Skyfall

(Now I'm not really sure about this one, but as far as I'm familiar with best score winners over the years, I'd give my vote to Argo.)

Best Actor
Denzel Washington in Flight
Hugh Jackman in Les Miserables
Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln
Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook
Joaquin Phoenix in The Master

(Daniel Day-Lewis, simply, because there's not even a slight possibility for anyone else.)

Best Actress
Emmanuelle Riva in Amour
Quvenzhane Wallis in Beasts of the Southern Wild
Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook
Naomi Watts in The Impossible
Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty

(I understand that most people are saying that Chastain is gonna get it, but, see, I'm not the most people. Plus, I support Jennifer Lawrence in everything she does (except The Hunger Games, a little bit...), she's simply brilliant and the performance she gave in Silver Linings Playbook.. Hands down, I haven't seen anything so good since Marion Cotillard in La Vie En Rose)

Best Supporting Actor
Alan Arkin in Argo
Christoph Waltz in Django Unchained
Tommy Lee Jones in Lincoln
Robert De Niro in Silver Linings Playbook
Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Master

(I would name Dr. Schultz my favorite character of the year, so it would be quite silly not to say that Christoph Waltz deserves this award.)

Best Supporting Actress
Anne Hathaway in Les Miserables
Sally Field in Lincoln
Jacki Weaver in Silver Linings Playbook
Amy Adams in The Master
Helen Hunt in The Sessions

(I believe that there's no confusion here. I think, deep down, everybody knows that Anne Hathaway is gonna get it. If I would have to explain my choice right here, I would simply say that when she started singing I Dreamed a Dream on Les Mis, I got goosebumps and that is the reason, because I never got them before, at least, not because of the film.)

Best Original Screenplay
Michael Haneke in Amour
Quentin Tarantino in Django Unchained
John Gatins in Flight
Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola in Moonrise Kingdom
Mark Boal in Zero Dark Thirty

(It's either this, or Mark Boal for Zero Dark Thirty, but I would stay with Tarantino on this one.)

Best Adapted Screenplay
Chris Terrio in Argo
Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin in Beasts of the Southern Wild
David Magee in Life of Pi
Tony Kushner in Lincoln
David O. Russell in Silver Linings Playbook

(There's no doubt in here, at least for me there isn't.)

Best Documentary (Feature)
5 Broken Cameras
How to Survive a Plague
Searching for Sugar Man
The Gatekeepers
The Invisible War

Best Documentary (Short)
Kings Point
Mondays at Racine
Open Heart

Best Short Film (Animated)
Adam and Dog
Fresh Guacamole
Head Over Heels
Maggie Simpson in 'The Longest Daycare'

Best Short Film (Live Action)
Buzkashi Boys
Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)

Best Foreign Language Film
A Royal Affair
War Witch

Best Animated Film
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Wreck-It Ralph

Best Original Song
"Before My Time" in Chasing Ice
"Suddenly" in Les Miserables
"Pi's Lullaby" in Life of Pi
"Skyfall" in Skyfall
"Everybody Needs a Best Friend" in Ted

( I would like to say, that I'm supporting Ted's song, but I am almost sure that Skyfall is going to win, so in this case, I'm just going along majority.)

Best Editing
Life of Pi
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Cinematography
Anna Karenina
Django Unchained
Life of Pi

Best Production Design
Anna Karenina
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Best Costume Design
Anna Karenina
Les Miserables
Mirror Mirror
Snow White and the Huntsman

Best Sound Editing
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Sound Mixing
Les Miserables
Life of Pi

Best Visual Effects
Life of Pi
Snow White and the Huntsman
The Avengers
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Les Miserables
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

I already am overly excited for the Oscars this Sunday, fourth year in a row I'm going to watch it live, even though, it's going to be 2 AM in UK, but, it's always worth it. Did you make any predictions? Feel free to agree and disagree (I love to hear different opinion:) with me and have a  nice evening!

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