With five weeks to go till the Feb. 26 broadcast, the buzz is flowing… and the question on everyone’s mind is who will win.
Here are some of my predictions for the 2012 oscars:
- Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist
- Best Actor in a Leading Role: Jean Dujardin for The Artist
- Best Picture: The Artist
With its nostalgic black and white filming and its lack of spoken dialogue, this film could easy be mistaken with a lost work of Fritz Lang or Charlie Chaplin. A movie within a movie, the Artist looks on a motion picture celebrity who falls head over heals for a woman he jokingly pulled from the crowd. While the featured actors, Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo, aren’t the most well known (which I can guarantee you they will be after this film), the movie features a few scenes with well-known actors like John Goodman, James Cromwell, and Malcolm McDowell. Yes it is entirely silent… and sure maybe its no big production value, but it’s a classy well done movie that I recommend highly.
- Best Actress in a Leading Role: Rooney Mara for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Someone told me I would enjoy this book back when it first came out, but I thought who are they kidding that looks like some teen novel. Well I’ll tell you, after seeing the movie… boy was I wrong. The plot is interesting and exciting…
Mara is up against Meryl Streep, who won the golden globe and who many think has this oscar locked, playing Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. Maybe I am wrong but I think Mara did an oscar worthy performance.
- Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Jonah Hill for Moneyball
I don’t think any of his other films will get him in an oscar, however Hill really stood out in Moneyball. The movie revolves around Billy Beane, played by Brad Pitt, a GM of a failing baseball team who uses statistical data to construct a team under budget.
The only problem Hill may have for winning is that he’s up against Christopher Plummer who is nominated for his role in Beginners and Nick Nolte who is nominated for his role in Warrior
- Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Melissa McCarthy for Bridesmaids
A surprising oscar nod for Melissa McCarthy leads me to believe she has this one. While I enjoyed Berenice Bejo in The Artist I think Melissa McCarthy’s foul-mouthed comedic talent in Bridesmaids was oscar worthy.
While Bridesmaids was technically a “chick-flick” this movie is just as good if not better than any Judd Apatow movie.
- Music: John Williams for War Horse
- Makeup: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
- Costume Design: Hugo
- Cinematography: Hugo
- Film Editing: Girl with the Dragon Tatoo
- Art Direction: The Artist
- Writing (Original Screenplay): The Artist written by Michel Hazanavicius
- Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan
- Animated Feature: Rango
- Visual Effects: Rise of the Planet of the Apes