Friday, January 6, 2012

Useless Clatter...Oscar Predictions 2012

With the Academy Awards looming (Feb 26th) and most of the big hitters out by now, I decided to post some predictions for the major categories. Not that sound-mixing and make up are not important,  I just can't differentiate explosions or eyebrows as easily.  As we near the date and the official nominations come out, I will post those and then make my final predictions.

+ these are in no particular.
+ designates additional nomination beyond allowed five
Best Picture
The Artist
The Descendants
The Ides of March
The Help
J. Edgar
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
The Tree of Life
War Horse

Best Director
Michel Hazanavicius The Artist
Tomas Alfredson Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Alexander Payne The Descendants
Terrence Malick The Tree of Life
Martin Scorsese Hugo
+ Sean Durkin Martha Marcy May Marlene

Actor In A Leading Role
Leonardo DiCaprio J. Edgar
Jean Dujardin The Artist
Gary Oldman Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Brad Pitt Moneyball
Demian Bichir A Better Life
+ Michael Fassbender Shame

Actress In A Leading Role
Viola Davis The Help
Michelle Williams My Week With Marilyn
Glenn Close Albert Noobs
Charlize Theron Young Adult
Meryl Streep The Iron Lady
+ Elizabeth Olsen Martha Marcy May Marlene
Best Supporting Actor
Christopher Plummer Beginners
Patton Oswalt Young Adult
Nick Nolte Warrior
Jonah Hill Moneyball
Kenneth Branagh My Week With Marilyn
+ Armie Hammer J. Edgar

Best Supporting Actress
Octavia Spencer The Help
Bérénice Bejo The Artist
Shailene Woodley The Descendants
Jessica Chastain The Help
Carey Mulligan Shame
+ Melissa McCarthy Bridesmaids

Best Original Screenplay
Woody Allen Midnight in Paris
Tom McCarthy and Joe Tibani Win Win
Diablo Cody Young Adult
Mike Mills Beginners
Jeff Nichols Take Shelter
+ Dustin Lance Black J. Edgar

Best Adapted Screenplay
Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan Tinker, Tailor Soldier Spy
Tate Taylor The Help
John Logan Hugo
Aaron Sorkin & Steven Zaillian Moneyball
Nat Faxon, Alexander Payne & Jim Rash The Descendants
+ Steven Zaillian The Girl With The Dragon Tattooo

I decided to stop after the main eight categories.  Like I said, I don't know enough to make guesses on each and every category, and these eight are always the most talked about.  The selections above seem to be the general consensus around the web, with a few of my own particular hopes thrown in the mix.
By the way, here's a short little trailer for the upcoming ceremony hosted by Billy Crystal.  Its a bit goofy, but I think their off to a better start than last year.

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