The 84th Annual Academy Awards
Mitchell’s Predictions

When: Sunday evening, beginning at 7:00 PM Eastern Time

Where: live on ABC and will be broadcast live from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California.

Hosting: Billy Crystal (9th time)  Producing: Bryan Grazer 
Presenting: The ‘Bridesmaids’ Cast, Jennifer Lopez, Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, Halle Berry, Cameron Diaz, Angelina Jolie, Bradley Cooper, Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, Tina Fey, Michael Douglas, Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Meryl Streep, Christian Bale, Colin Firth, Melissa Leo, Natalie Portman
For more on the Oscar Sunday Coverage click here but if you have learned enough from the information above, read on! 
They are here! It feels like ever since the new year I’ve been preparing for it and were now less than 48 hours away from Hollywood’s biggest night! Just like the Golden Globes I’ve assembled my predictions, My list includes the following:
Will win – Who I am fairly  certain the Academy will give the award to
Should Win – Who I think the Academy should give it  to
Could win – A possible upset/surprise/strong contender in the category

Since I’m scoring myself I’ll let you know how I will keep score: 1 point if I guess who Will win correctly. No points if I guess who Could or Should win correctly, those will just be a personal pat on the back. 

So without further ado, here is my list. Follow me on Twitter on Oscar Sunday while I live tweet the Oscars on Twitter, @mitchburns 

BEST PICTURE

“The Artist”
“The Descendants”
“Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”
“The Help”
“Hugo”
“Midnight in Paris”
“Moneyball”
“The Tree of Life”
“War Horse”
Will Win: The Artist    
Could Win: Hugo/The Descendants    
Should Win: The Artist/The Help
LEADING ACTOR
Demián Bichir in “A Better Life”
George Clooney in “The Descendants”
Jean Dujardin in “The Artist”
Gary Oldman in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”
Brad Pitt in “Moneyball”
Will Win: Jean Dujardin    Could Win: George Clooney    Should Win: Jean Dujardin
LEADING ACTRESS
Glenn Close in “Albert Nobbs”
Viola Davis in “The Help”
Rooney Mara in “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”
Meryl Streep in “The Iron Lady”
Michelle Williams in “My Week with Marilyn”
Will Win: Viola Davis      Could Win: Meryl Streep   
Should Win: I will be happy if either Meryl or Viola wins, both deserve it!
SUPPORTING ACTOR
Kenneth Branagh in “My Week with Marilyn”
Jonah Hill in “Moneyball”
Nick Nolte in “Warrior”
Christopher Plummer in “Beginners”
Max von Sydow in “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”
Will Win: Christopher Plummer    Could Win: Max Von Sydow
Should Win: Christopher Plummer
SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Bérénice Bejo in “The Artist”
Jessica Chastain in “The Help”
Melissa McCarthy in “Bridesmaids”
Janet McTeer in “Albert Nobbs”
Octavia Spencer in “The Help”
Will Win: Octavia Spencer   Could Win: Jessica Chastain  
Should Win: Octavia Spencer but Jessica Chastain wouldn’t be bad either, 2011 was an amazing year for her with The Help, The Tree of Life and Take Shelter. 3 great roles!
DIRECTING
“The Artist” Michel Hazanavicius 
“The Descendants” Alexander Payne
“Hugo” Martin Scorsese 
“Midnight in Paris” Woody Allen
“The Tree of Life” Terrence Mallick
Will Win: The Artist    Could Win: Hugo or The Descendants  
Should Win: The Artist
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
“The Descendants”
“Hugo”
“The Ides of March”
“Moneyball”
“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”
Will Win: The Descendants     Could Win: The Artist
Should Win: The Descendants 
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
“The Artist”
“Bridesmaids”
“Margin Call”
“Midnight in Paris”
“A Separation”
Will Win: Midnight in Paris      Could Win: The Artist
Should Win: Midnight in Paris
FILM EDITING
“The Artist”
“The Descendants”
“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”
“Hugo”
“Moneyball”
Will Win: The Artist     Could Win: Hugo    Should Win: The Artist
ANIMATED FEATURE
“A Cat in Paris”
“Chico & Rita”
“Kung Fu Panda 2”
“Puss in Boots”
“Rango”
Will Win: Rango    Could Win: Puss in Boots     Should Win: Rango
ART DIRECTION
“The Artist”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”
“Hugo”
“Midnight in Paris”
“War Horse”
Will Win: Hugo    Could Win: The Artist   Should Win: Harry Potter
CINEMATOGRAPHY
“The Artist”
“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”
“Hugo”
“The Tree of Life”
“War Horse”
Will Win: Hugo    Could Win: The Tree Of Life     Should Win: The Tree Of Life   
COSTUME DESIGN
“Anonymous”
“The Artist”
“Hugo”
“Jane Eyre”
“W.E.”
Will Win: The Artist    Could Win: Hugo    Should Win: Jane Eyre
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
“Hell and Back Again”
“If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front”
“Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory”
“Pina”
“Undefeated”
Will Win: Paradise Lost    Could Win: Undefeated   Should Win: Paradise Lost
DOCUMENTARY SHORT
“The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement”
“God Is the Bigger Elvis”
“Incident in New Baghdad”
“Saving Face”
“The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom”
Will Win: The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom     Could Win: Saving Face
Should Win: The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
“Bullhead”
“Footnote”
“In Darkness”
“Monsieur Lazhar”
“A Separation”
Will Win: A Separation      Could Win: In Darkness      Should Win: A Separation
MAKEUP
“Albert Nobbs”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”
“The Iron Lady”
Will win: Harry Potter   Could Win: The Iron Lady   Should Win: Harry Potter
ORIGINAL SCORE
“The Adventures of Tintin”
“The Artist”
“Hugo”
“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”
“War Horse”
Will Win: The Artist   Could Win: Hugo   Should Win: The Artist
ORIGINAL SONG
“Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets”
“Real in Rio” from “Rio”
Will Win: The Muppets     Could Win: hmmm…      Should Win: The Muppets
ANIMATED SHORT FILM
“Dimanche/Sunday”
“The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore”
“La Luna”
“A Morning Stroll”
“Wild Life”
Will Win: Flying Books      Could Win: La Luna      Should Win: La Luna
LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
“Pentecost”
“Raju”
“The Shore”
“Time Freak”
“Tuba Atlantic”
Will Win: The Shore    Could Win: Raju    Should Win: The Shore
SOUND EDITING
“Drive”
“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”
“Hugo”
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”
“War Horse”
Will Win: Hugo    Could Win: War Horse     Should Win: War Horse
SOUND MIXING
“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”
“Hugo”
“Moneyball”
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”
“War Horse”
Will Win: Hugo    Could Win: War Horse     Should Win: Hugo
VISUAL EFFECTS
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”
“Hugo”
“Real Steel”
“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”
Will Win: Rise of The Planet Of The Apes     Could Win: Harry Potter
Should Win: Planet of the Apes   (sorry Harry) 

Thanks for reading! See you Sunday!!!! 
Live Tweeting @mitchburns

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