Predictions for the 85th Academy Awards (Oscars)

This Year has been Crazy, each one of the movies Nominated for Best Pictures has been a frontrunner at some point, in most cases they’ve been the front runner several times but now it seems like Argo is the one to watch, even though Ben Affleck was snubbed for Best Director! 
It’s going to be a fun night, Seth MacFarlane hosting, the Cast of the Marvel’s The Avengers is presenting an award, and Adele is singing her James Bond theme song Skyfall for the first time live, but above everything I’m calling this years Oscars Unpredictable. 
Oh sure, there are a few locks, like Anne Hathaway  and Adele, but besides those two, I’m not sure who will be walking out with awards, I’m excited to see. 
If you want to see who I think are the winners of 2012 click here for my first annual Mitch Awards
With out further ado, Here are my predictions, I could be way off so please don’t bet money on these picks, but here’s hoping I’m close because I always play a little game and see how close I can get, Good Luck everyone! 
Best Picture:
“Beasts of the Southern Wild”
“Silver Linings Playbook”
“Zero Dark Thirty”
“Lincoln”
“Les Miserables”
“Life of Pi”
“Amour”
“Django Unchained”
“Argo”
Who Will Win: Argo
Who Might Win: Lincoln
Who Should Win: Argo
The Best Picture Race is the toughest one of the night, Argo seems to have the biggest steam at the moment but Lincoln Will give it a run for it`s money for sure, but don`t be surprised if Zero Dark Thirty or Silver Linings Playbook come out of nowhere and win it. 
Best Supporting Actor:
Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained”
Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”
Robert De Niro, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Alan Arkin, “Argo”
Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”
Who Will Win: Tommy Lee Jones
Who Might Win: Christoph Waltz
Who Should Win: Tommy Lee Jones

Oh, Tommy is a favorite of mine and I hope he wins, the aging actor has only had one nomination since his 1993 win for The Fugitive, Christoph Did a great job in Django, but I thought his performance was lackluster compared to his costars Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson, and Waltz just won 3 years ago for Inglourious Basterds! 
Best Supporting Actress:
Sally Field, “Lincoln”
Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables”
Jacki Weaver, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Helen Hunt, “The Sessions”
Amy Adams, “The Master”
Who Will Win: Anne Hathaway
Who Might Win: Anne Hathaway
Who Should Win: Anne Hathaway

Even though she`s worse than Taylor Swift at pretending to be surprised, she definitely deserves it and I can handle sitting through one more Hathaway acceptance speech… even though there will probably be many more to come in the coming years! Early Congrats Anne!

Best Director:
David O. Russell, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Ang Lee, “Life of Pi”
Steven Spielberg, “Lincoln”
Michael Haneke, “Amour”
Benh Zeitlin, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
Who Will Win: Steven Spielberg
Who Might Win: Ang Lee 
Who Should Win: Steven Spielberg
This is Ang Lee`s First Oscar worthy movie since 2005`s Brokeback Mountain, and while it`s astounding, I would love to see the lovable and Talented Spielberg take the award home for the amazing Lincoln, especially if Lincoln doesn`t take Best Picture.

Best Actor:
Daniel Day Lewis, “Lincoln”
Denzel Washington, “Flight”
Hugh Jackman, “Les Miserables”
Bradley Cooper, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master”
Who Will Win: Daniel Day Lewis
Who Might Win: Bradley Cooper
Who Should Win: Daniel Day Lewis
I`m about 99% sure Daniel Day Lewis has it in the bag here, and i`m 100% certain he deserves it, but if anyone could beat him here, it`s Cooper. 

Best Actress:
Naomi Watts, “The Impossible”
Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty”
Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Emmanuelle Riva, “Amour”
Quvenzhané Wallis, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
Who Will Win: Jennifer Lawrence
Who Might Win: Jessica Chastain
Who Should Win: Jessica Chastain 
I love Jennifer Lawrence, and her performance in Silver Linings was astounding, but I felt that Jessica Chastain was spectacular in Zero Dark Thirty, of course the cat fight rumors have started between them (just rumors) because this is a very tight race, and could go either way. I`ll be happy either way! In fact, I`d be happy with an upset in this category also! 

Best Original Screenplay:
“Zero Dark Thirty”
“Django Unchained”
“Moonrise Kingdom”
“Amour”
“Flight” 
Who Will Win: Zero Dark Thirty
Who Might Win: Django Unchained
Who Should Win: Zero Dark Thirty
I can only imagine the painstaking research, time and energy that went into writing Zero Dark Thirty, That`s why I`m rooting for ZD30 all the way, but Quentin has a pretty good chance at winning it with Django Unchained. Hell, some people even say this is the category Haneke slips in and wins something for Amour!

Best Adapted Screenplay:
“Lincoln”
“Silver Linings Playbook”
“Argo”
“Life of Pi”
“Beasts of the Southern Wild”
Who Will Win: Argo
Who Might Win: Lincoln
Who Should Win: Argo
The writing categories are pretty unpredictable, as are most of the categories this year, but I`ll put my money on Argo for this one, even though it could go to the Play Based Lincoln or even David O. Russel`s screenplay for Silver Linings.

Best Animated Feature:
“Frankenweenie”
“The Pirates! Band of Misfits”
“Wreck-It Ralph”
“Paranorman”
“Brave”
Who Will Win: Brave
Who Might Win: Wreck-it Ralph
Who Should Win: Wreck-it Ralph

Unfortunately the old farts who vote for these movies probably hate Video Games since their grandkids pay more attention to video games then they do their grandparents, so they`ll probably give this one to Brave, Which was good but Wreck-it Ralph deserves it more, even ParaNorman or Frankenweenie deserve it more than Brave!

Best Foreign Feature:
“Amour”
“A Royal Affair”
“Kon-Tiki”
“No”
“War Witch”
Who Will Win: Amour
Who Might Win: Amour
Who Should Win: Amour

If you’re the only Best Picture Nominated movie in your field doesn’t that make you a shoo in to win? It’s like when 2009’s Up being nominated for Best Picture and Best Animated Feature…. hmmm… I wonder?

Best Visual Effects:
“Life of Pi”
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
“The Avengers”
“Prometheus”
“Snow White and the Huntsman”
Who Will Win: Life of Pi
Who Might Win: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Who Should Win: Life of Pi
An Indian boy spends 75% of the movie on a boat with a CGI tiger, and surrounded by CGI Fish, Whales and CGI islands? I think Life of Pi is the winner here, especially since it was beautiful and adapted from a book that most said was un-adaptable. 

Best Cinematography:
“Skyfall”
“Anna Karenina”
“Django Unchained”
“Life of Pi”
“Lincoln”
Who Will Win: Life of Pi
Who Might Win: Skyfall
Who Should Win: Life of Pi

Unfortunately Skyfall’s Cinematographer Roger Deakins has been nominated in this category for the last 10 years and never won. Unfortunately, he probably won’t win this year either…

Best Costume Design:
“Anna Karenina”
“Les Miserables”
“Lincoln”
“Mirror Mirror”
“Snow White and the Huntsman”
Who Will Win: Anne Karenina
Who Might Win: Les Miserables
Who Should Win: Lincoln
As you can see I’m all over the board on this one, if Lincoln won I would be happy, If Les Miserables won, I would be happy, if Anna Karenina wins… I won’t be surprised or happy. 

Best Documentary Feature:
“Searching for Sugar Man”
“How to Survive a Plague”
“The Gatekeepers”
“5 Broken Cameras”
“The Invisible War”
Who Will Win: Searching for Sugar Man
Who Might Win: How To Survive a Plague
Who Should Win: How to Survive a Plague

I’m almost certain that Searching for Sugar Man is going to take this one home, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed for the very real How to Survive a Plague

Best Documentary Short:
“Open Heart”
“Inocente”
“Redemption”
“Kings Point”
“Mondays at Racine”

Who Will Win: Mondays at Racine
Who Might Win: Open Heart
Who Should Win: Open Heart
Best Film Editing:
“Lincoln”
“Silver Linings Playbook”
“Life of Pi”
“Argo”
“Zero Dark Thirty”
Who Will Win: Argo
Who Might Win: Zero Dark Thirty
Who Should Win: Either One

The Editing Award usually goes to the movie with more action, fast pacing, quick cuts etc. and both Argo and ZD30 had top notch editing, I’m betting on Argo on this one just because it’s the one to beat. 
Best Makeup and Hairstyling:
“Hitchcock”
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
“Les Miserables”
Who Will Win: Les Miserable
Who Might Win: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Who Should Win: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Let`s be honest, Les Miserables will win because they made pretty people look dirty and scummy, but I`m sure it took 10x`s longer to make 13 men into ugly Dwarves. Let`s give Hitchcock a little pat on the back, before it came out everyone assumed it would be the one to beat, then everyone saw it and now it only has one nomination… good job ruining that!

Best Music (Original Score):
“Anna Karenina”
“Argo”
“Life of Pi”
“Lincoln”
“Skyfall”
Who Will Win:  Lincoln
Who Might Win: Life of Pi
Who Should Win: Lincoln

Everyone`s putting their money on (Life of Pi`s) Michael Danna, But I`ll take a chance and give my vote to fan favorite John Williams (Lincoln) Because he gave us a wonderful Score in Lincoln that perfectly accompanied the uplifting Lincoln. 

Best Music (Original Song):
“Before My Time” from “Chasing Ice” 
“Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from “Ted”
“Pi’s Lullaby” from “Life of Pi”
“Skyfall” from “Skyfall”
“Suddenly” from “Les Misérables”
Who Will Win: Skyfall
Who Might Win:Suddenly 
Who Should Win: Skyfall
If you`re nominated in the same category as Adele, I think it`s safe to stay home in your sweat pants. 

Best Production Design:
“Anna Karenina”
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
“Les Misérables”
“Life of Pi”
“Lincoln”
Who Will Win: Lincoln
Who Might Win: Les Miserables
Who Should Win: Either 

I`ll give this one to Lincoln although it and Les Mis are neck in neck and both are deserving of the award for their grand and authentic set pieces. 

Best Short Film, Animated:
“Adam and Dog”
“Fresh Guacamole”
“Head over Heels”
“Maggie Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare'”
“Paperman”
Who Will Win: Paperman
Who Might Win: Maggie Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare’
Who Should Win: Paperman
All of the above Animated Shorts are wonderful and have a definite “Cute Factor”, and assuming all the Academy Voters actually watched these shorts than the award should go to Disney’s Paperman, but if the voters just go by Familiarity than Maggie Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare’ could scoop this one up.

Best Short Film, Live Action:
“Asad”
“Buzkashi Boys”
“Curfew”
“Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)”
“Henry”
Who Will Win: Curfew
Who Might Win: Asad
Who Should Win: Curfew
It looks Like Curfew has this one down, but don’t be surprised if Asad steals it. 

Best Sound Editing:
“Argo”
“Django Unchained”
“Life of Pi”
“Skyfall”
“Zero Dark Thirty”
Who Will Win: Argo
Who Might Win: Skyfall
Who Should Win: Skyfall

None of us are quite sure who will take the Best Sound Editing Award this year, it could go to either Skyfall, Argo, or even Life of Pi!

Best Sound Mixing:
“Argo”
“Les Misérables”
“Life of Pi”
“Lincoln”
“Skyfall”
Who Will Win: Les Miserables
Who Might Win: Les Miserables
Who Should Win: Les Miserables
Mixing Live singing with Instrumentals and all the other background noises has to be a huge task, that’s why all of my chips are on Les Mis! 

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