Who will Win? | Emma McCarthy

81st Academy Awards¨ Press Kit ImagesThe Oscars. That time of year where the best of the best are honoured. Well, sometimes. Not all great actors are rewarded for their roles. Gary Oldman? No Oscar. Johnny Depp? No Oscar. Brad Pitt? Leonardo DiCaprio? Peter O’Toole (nominated eight times)? Angela Lansbury? Glenn Close? None of them have Oscars. In the last few years, people have stopped taking note of the Oscars, saying that the awards aren’t real and that they only take note of the biggest films, not the best. Sure, there are a few occasions when the Oscars notice the little guy; in 2007 Once won the accolade for best song while it was up against Disney powerhouse Alan Menken for his work on Enchanted. Most years, though, you can pretty much figure out well beforehand who will walk away with the award. With this in mind, it’s time to tell our predictions for this year’s awards.

Best Film
I’m expecting a win for Les Misérables. Lincoln might steal it, but I hope it doesn’t. I would like to see the film follow in the show’s footsteps.

Best Actor
I would love to see Hugh Jackman walk away with the award for his turn as Jean Valjean in this year’s Les Misérables in which he sang his way through twenty years as a man on the run but, alas, I think it’s safe to say the award will be safely planted into the hands of Daniel Day-Lewis for his performance in Lincoln. It’s not the wrong choice; Day-Lewis completely embodied the character but I just wish that both men had been nominated in different years or that the Oscars did what the Golden Globes do and have two categories – one for drama and one for a comedy or musical.

Best Actress
This is a bit of a harder one to call. My money would be on Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook, but would I think my money safe? Not at all. True, she won for best actress at the Golden Globes but that isn’t always an indication of who will in the Oscar. Is it that Lawrence is too young or is it that she seems a bit too goofy? I don’t know. Maybe Jessica Chastain will sweep it away from her for her performance in Zero Dark Thirty because, hey, Osama Bin Laden is dead and don’t you forget it, Americans! Patriotism rocks! It’s a hard one to call because the voters may surprise us and give it to Quvenzhané Wallis. No, I haven’t heard of her either. My predictions lie firmly between Lawrence and Chastain, with a hope for Lawrence but an expectation for Chastain.

Best Supporting Actor
Please be Christoph Waltz, please be Christoph Waltz! That’s all I’m going to say. Haven’t seen him in Django Unchained? Watch it!

Best Supporting Actress
Anne Hathaway. Boy, that was easy.

Best Animated Feature
Brave will take the statue. I doubt there’s really much of an argument on that.

Best Directing
Another tough call. If I had to choose, it will probably be between Life of Pi’s Ang Lee and Lincoln’s Steven Spielberg. I feel Tom Hooper should have been nominated, but he wasn’t, so there you go. I would not be at all surprised if Michael Heneke stole it for Amour though.

Best Song
Adele for ‘Skyfall’. Who doesn’t want to give Adele awards lately? With her big return to performing at the Oscars, they’re going to want to milk her being there for everything it’s worth. Her big, Shirley Bassett-sounding Bond theme will more than likely step all over the competition which is, once again, a shame for Les Misérables and ‘Suddenly’. Although the song is clearly fodder for the Oscars, it’s a good song and, in any other year, should have won. I don’t want to miss an Adele acceptance speech though. The woman always brightens up the boring speeches.

 

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Best Film

I’m just going to say it: The Dark Knight Rises. People love it or hate it, but I loved it and I would have liked to see that trilogy go out with the reward it deserves.

Best Actor

John Hawkes played a sexually ambitious polio sufferer in The Sessions. Read that again and explain to me how someone pulls off ‘sexually ambitious polio sufferer’ and doesn’t even get nominated?

Best Actress

Marion Cotillard got rave reviews and a lot of buzz surrounding her performance in Rust and Bone as a whale trainer who suffers a terrible accident and ends up in a wheelchair and severely depressed. Cotillard is not only a good actress, she’s a charming actress even when her character isn’t all that charming, so her snub for Naomi Watts in Asian People Don’t Matter – oh sorry, I heard they changed the title to The Impossible – is baffling.

Best Supporting Actor

LEONARDO DICAPRIO, I HOPE YOU KNOW EVERYONE ELSE TREASURES YOU AS MUCH AS THE ACADEMY SHOULD. WE LOVE YOU.

Best Supporting Actress

Kerry Washington. Yeah, I’m giving Django a lot of love, but, seriously, the woman spent the bulk of the film being tortured and humiliated and she pulled it off like a pro. How no one was talking about her performance is a mystery and a travesty. She got Leonardo DiCaprio’s blood smeared all over her face without expecting it and kept on going. She’s a trooper.

Best Direction

Would it be wrong to say I wanted Ben Affleck nominated and to have him win? Argo was a great film and Affleck’s talent really lies behind the camera more than in front of it. That’s not to say he’s not a good actor. I honestly think the hate he’s been receiving in the past few years has been unwarranted (ditto with Anne Hathaway). Everyone makes bad films but with Argo and The Town, Affleck’s proven to be a lot better than people gave him credit for. Also, Christopher Nolan never getting a nomination for the Batman films is a joke. Sure, superhero movies don’t get the recognition, but Nolan did wonderfully in directing that film so, really, the fact that the movie is about a billionaire dressing up as a bat shouldn’t influence the nominations. Yes, that was the story, but it was how Nolan told that story which should matter, and he told it brilliantly.