oscar predictions 2012

After 9 months of laziness, I’m back and super excited for the Oscars! Only two more days! While the Best Picture, Director and the Supporting Actor and Actress categories are practically set in stone, there is still some heavy competition in the other catagories. For example if you had asked me a month ago who I thought would win Best Actor, I would have said George Clooney – no question. But after the SAGs and Golden Globes, The Artist‘s Jean Dujardin is a serious contender.

Here are my predictions for the 10 biggest awards:

BEST PICTURE
Nominees: The Artist, The Descendants, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, The Help, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life, War Horse

What will win: The Artist
Possible Upset: The Help

BEST ACTOR
Nominees: Demián Bichir for A Better Life, George Clooney for The Descendants, Jean Dujardin for The Artist, Gary Oldman for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Brad Pitt for Moneyball

Who will win: Jean Dujardin 
(Very) Possible Upset: George Clooney

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Nominees: Kenneth Branagh for My Week with Marilyn, Jonah Hill for Moneyball, Nick Nolte for Warrior, Christopher Plummer for Beginners, Max von Sydow for Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Who will win: Christopher Plummer
Possible Upset: Are you kidding me?

BEST ACTRESS
Nominees: Glenn Close for Albert Nobbs, Viola Davis for The Help, Rooney Mara for The Girl with the Dragon TattooMeryl Streep for The Iron Lady, Michelle Williams for My Week with Marilyn

Who will win: Viola Davis
Possible Upset: Meryl Streep

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Nominees: Bérénice Bejo for The Artist, Jessica Chastain for The Help, Melissa McCarthy for Bridesmaids, Janet McTeer for Albert Nobbs, Octavia Spencer for The Help

Who will win: Octavia Spencer
Possible Upsets: Melissa McCarthy

BEST ANIMATED FILM
Nominees: A Cat in Paris, Chico & Rita, Kung Fu Panda 2, Puss in Boots, Rango

Who will win: Rango
Possible Upset: Tin Tin? Oh wait…

BEST DIRECTOR
Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist, Alexander Payne for The Descendants, Martin Scorsese for Hugo, Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris, Terrence Malick for The Tree of Life

Who will win: Michel Hazanavicius
Possible Upset: Martin Scorsese

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Nominees: The Artist written by Michel Hazanavicius, Bridesmaids written by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig, Margin Call written by J.C. Chandor, Midnight in Paris written by Woody Allen, A Separation written by Asghar Farhadi

Who will win: Midnight in Paris
Possible Upset: The Artist

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Nominees: The Descendants Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash, Hugo Screenplay by John Logan, The Ides of March Screenplay by George Clooney & Grant Heslove and Beau Willimon, Moneyball Screenplay by Steven Zailian and Aaron Sorkin; Story by Stan Chervin, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Screenplay by Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan

Who will win: The Descendants – Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
Possible Upset: Hugo – John Logan

BEST FOREIGN FILM
Nominees: Bullhead (Belgium), Monsieur Lazhar (Canada), A Separation (Iran), Footnote (Israel), In Darkness (Poland)

Who will win: A Separation
Possible Upset: Monsieur Lazhar 

Who do you think will win? Who do you want to win? Check out the rest of my predictions after the jump.

Best Art Direction: Hugo (Possible Upset: Midnight in Paris)

Best Costume Design: The Artist

Best Original Song: Man or Muppet, The Muppets

Best Original Score: The Artist

Best Documentary: Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

Best Documentary Short: Saving Face

Best Cinematography: The Tree of Life

Best Film Editing: The Artist (Possible Upset: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)

Best Makeup: The Iron Lady (Possible Upset: Albert Nobbs)

Best Sound Editing: Hugo (Possible Upset: War Horse)

Best Sound Mixing: Hugo (Possible Upset: War Horse)

Best Visual Effects: Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Possible Upset: Harry Potter)

Best Animated Short Film:  The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Best Short Film: The Shore

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