Yes, it’s time once again for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to convene and exercise their yearly bias. Really, how else would Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close get a Best Picture nomination?
Despite this, I do like the Oscars and generally look forward to them every year. Sure, it does mean sitting through a lot of unfunny bullshit (see: the entirety of last year’s show) and baseless pandering to teen demographics (in recent years, focusing on pseudo-celebrities like the cast of Twilight rather than the real, accomplished stars). But when the Academy gets it right (see: Hugh Jackman’s opening back in 2009), they get it very right, reminding us all why we love going to the movies.
As such, having seen a number of ceremonies over the years, I’d like to put out a list of my predictions for some of the major categories at this year’s awards. These aren’t necessarily the winners I’d like to see, but the ones I think will probably get the honors. I’ll post a follow-up article after the show hits to compare my list with the winners.
Best Picture: The Artist
Best Actor: Jean Dujardin
Best Actress: Meryl Streep
Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer
Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer
Animated Film: A Cat in Paris
Cinematography: The Artist
Art Direction: Hugo
Direction: The Artist
Editing: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Foreign Film: A Separation
Makeup: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Music: The Artist
Original song: The Muppets
Sound Editing: Hugo
Sound mixing: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
VFX: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Adapted Screenplay: Moneyball
Original Screenplay: Midnight in Paris
Feel free to comment with your own predictions as well. More posts on the way shortly.