Oscar Nominees and Predictions

One must not go into the Oscar Sunday marathon (Red Carpet countdown, Red Carpet & the actual Oscars) without having all the nominees straight. So, here you have it- a handy list with the nominees.

Already know the nominees? Then, read about what to expect at the ceremony HERE.

Best Picture 
Zero Dark Thirty
Silver Linings Playbook
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
Django Unchained
Beasts of the Southern Wild

Prediction: Argo
You know they say awards shows like the Golden Globes are a good indicator of what will happen at the Oscars. Argo took the Golden Globe home. Also, they have a Critics Choice win and a SAG Award for Best Cast. If you haven't watched this one yet, you must -masterpiece!

Best Actress 
Jessica Chastain, "Zero Dark Thirty"
Naomi Watts, "The Impossible"
Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook"
Quvenzhane Wallis, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
Emmanuelle Riva, "Amour"

Prediction: Jennifer Lawrence
As much as you may want the youngest actress ever nominated to an Oscar (Quvenzhane) or the oldest (Emmanuelle), Jennifer Lawrence is probably taking it home. The hilarious-in-real-life actress could already fill a room with the awards she has gotten for her role in Silver Linings.
Fun fact: Jennifer has never taken an acting class in her life. Talk about a natural!

By the way, here's a little tutorial from Quvenzhane herself on how to pronounce her unpronounceable name.

Best Actor 
Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln"
Denzel Washington, "Flight"
Joaquin Phoenix, "The Master"
Hugh Jackman, "Les Miserables"
Bradley Cooper, "Silver Linings Playbook"

Prediction: Daniel Day-Lewis
Do any of the other men think they have a chance at this? Hugh Jackman could be the only one to steal Daniel's thunder, but let's be realistic... it's not happening. This could be Day-Lewis' third Oscar. You go, Abe!

Best Supporting Actress 
Anne Hathaway, "Les Miserables"
Sally Field, "Lincoln"
Jacki Weaver, "Silver Linings Playbook"
Helen Hunt, "The Sessions"
Amy Adams, "The Master"

Prediction: Anne Hathaway
Love her or hate her, her Les Mis performance was brilliant on every level. Also, one does not simply go through all that (physically and mentally) and does not take home an Oscar.

Let's remember she was depressed after shooting ended because filming was so grueling. Additionally, she lost 25 pounds and said goodbye to her long locks in the movie. We've forgiven her for her horrible Oscar hosting gig -and she deserves the Oscar.

Best Supporting Actor 
Tommy Lee Jones, "Lincoln"
Philip Seymour Hoffman, "The Master"
Christoph Waltz, "Django Unchained"
Alan Arkin, "Argo"
Robert De Niro, "Silver Linings Playbook"

Prediction: Christoph Waltz
Did you watch Django? Done. The Oscar belongs to him! It's clear that the Academy likes him, as he recently got the golden statue for his work in Inglourious Basterds. If someone is going to beat Christoph (who recently did a great job in SNL!), it will be the legendary Robert De Niro... because he's legendary.

Best Director 
Ang Lee, "Life of Pi"
Steven Spielberg, "Lincoln"
David O. Russell, "Silver Linings Playbook"
Michael Haneke, "Amour"
Behn Zeitlin, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"

Prediction: Ben Affleck
Oh, crap... not possible, because he was snubbed. You evil, Academy! Good thing is that we will still be treated (fingers-crossed) to his amazing speech-giving skills when he wins Best Picture.

Best Original Screenplay
Mark Boal, "Zero Dark Thirty"
Quentin Tarantino, "Django Unchained"
Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola, "Moonrise Kingdom"
Michel Haneke, "Amour"
John Gatins, "Flight"

Prediction: Quentin Tarantino
To me, the best Tarantino film, but I'm not in the Academy -yet. He didn't win for Inglorious Basterds. Will he take it home for Django? He should.

Best Adapted Screenplay
Tony Kushner, "Lincoln"
David O. Russell, "Silver Linings Playbook"
Chris Terrio, "Argo"
David Magee, "Life of Pi"
Benh Zeitlin, Lucy Alibar, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"

I have no freakin' idea. What is your prediction?

Best Original Song
"Before My Time" from "Chasing Ice"
"Everybody Needs A Best Friend" from "Ted"
"Pi's Lullaby" from "Life of Pie"
"Suddenly" from "Les Miserables"
"Skyfall" from "Skyfall"

Prediction: Adele
Why? Because, in the words of T-Pain, all she does is "win, win, win, no matter what."
Also, have you heard any of the other songs? Yeah, didn't think so.
P.S. Adele is performing!

Full list of nominations here.

What do you think of my predictions?
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