Saturday, February 25, 2012

84th Annual Academy Awards Predictions

Ah...the Oscars! My "Superbowl night" to all you sports fans out there. Keep in mind that the Oscar winner has more to do with politics than it has to do with actual talent. Sometimes the winner of the award for a chosen category is much deserved; but more often than not, it's more about who "played the game" with the powers that be at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Although I think that George Clooney should be getting the award for Best Actor for his role in The Descendants, there was more buzz for Jean Dujardin for his role in The Artist. Meryl Streep is Hollywood Royalty, and she nailed her role in The Iron Lady, but the film was quite frankly, a bore. Viola Davis stole the screen with her heartwarming performance in The Help, and I feel she is deserving of her title. Speaking of The Artist; it was a great film, and I truly enjoyed it, but I don't think it was better than Moneyball or The Descendants. Moneyball will lose in all it's nominated categories for that matter, for reasons I have already stated at the start of this post. I have to give proper credit to Octavia Spencer; she was a main part of the glue that held The Help she is much deserving of her award for best supporting actress. Nick Nolte should be getting the award for best supporting actor for his work in Warrior, but the film has all been forgotten about in the mainstream. Tree of Life was a brilliant masterpiece, and a true work of art...but it will bomb in all of it's nominated categories because it is considered "too artsy." I did not care for War Horse, but I can't argue with the excellent cinematography in this film. It must be noted however, that even if an actor or director or producer does not win an award for their nomination, the mere nomination is recognition enough in the world of film.

With all that being said, here are my predictions for the winners:

Best Actor in a Leading Role: Jean Dujardin (The Artist)

Best Actress in a Leading Role: Viola Davis (The Help)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Christopher Plummer (Beginners)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Octavia Spencer (The Help)

Best Picture: "The Artist" produced by Thomas Langmann

Best Director: Michael Hazanavicius (The Artist)

Best Adapted Screenplay: "The Descendants" Written by Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash

Best Original Screenplay: "The Artist"  Written by Michel Hazanavicius

Best Cinematography:  "War Horse"  Janusz Kaminski

The Red Carpet Event starts at 4pm (pacific time) on ABC networks, with the greatest host in Oscar history, Billy Crystal.

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