My Oscar Nomination Predictions

Little bored tonight, so I’ve decided to make my picks for the major Academy Award categories. The real nominations are going to be announced Thursday, but I wanted to let everyone see how super smart and stuff I am before that happens. Now Bask in my psychic powers and bow down to my supreme knowledge or whatever!

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My future golden relics depicting my awe inspiring psychic abilities

Quick Note: My picks are a combination of both movies I’ve seen and the films the so called “real” critics are predicting to get nominated. However, the movies I highlight as my pick to win are all ones I’ve actually seen, with the exception of those that haven’t been released yet.

Best Picture

Probably going to be there:

Lincoln

Zero Dark Thirty

Life of Pi

Argo

Silver Linings Playbook

Django Unchained

Les Miserablés

The Impossible

Other movies on my wish list:

Moonrise Kingdom

Skyfall

The Dark Knight Rises

The Avengers

Looper

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Seven Psychopaths

Winner: Zero Dark Thirty – The critics have been raving about it so much, and it looks awesome. Hopefully I’ll see it as soon as it comes out. If I’m picking one I’ve actually seen I’d go with Argo or Lincoln.

Best Director

Probably going to be there:

Steven Spielberg (Lincoln)

David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)

Ang Lee (Life of Pi)

Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty)

Ben Affleck (Argo)

My wish list:

Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained)

Wes Anderson (Moonrise Kingdom)
Rian Johnson (Looper)
Winner: Probably Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty, I find the Best Picture and Director usually correspond, I should look that up… screw it.
Best Actor
Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln
Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook
Denzel Washington in Flight
John Hawkes in The Sessions
Hugh Jackman in Les Miserablés
My wish list:
Daniel Craig in Skyfall
Suraj Sharma in The Life of Pi
Jared Gilman in Moonrise Kingdom
Colin Ferrell in Seven Psychopaths
Winner: I’m going with Daniel Day-Lewis’s incredible performance in Lincoln.
Best Actress
Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook
Naomi Watts in The Impossible
Marion Cotillard in Rust and Bone
Quvenzhane Wallis in Beasts of the Southern Wild
My wish list:
Just realizing how few movies there are with a female lead, let’s make that a new years resolution, Hollywood.
Winner: The only one of those movies I’ve seen is Silver Linings Playbook, so let’s go with Jennifer Lawrence. Though I have a feeling it will go to Chastain.
Best Supporting Actor
Christoph Waltz in Django Unchained
Robert DeNiro in Silver Linings Playbook
Tommy Lee Jones in Lincoln
Alan Arkin in Argo
Javier Bardem in Skyfall
My wish list:
Matthew McConaughey in Magic Mike – Yeah, I’ll admit to seeing Magic Mike, fight me, it’s a Steven Soderbergh movie and not even that bad. Anyway, McConaughey was great.
Sam Rockwell in Seven Psychopaths
All of the Dwarves from The Hobbit
Winner: I really really really want it to go to Bardem, who I thought was an awesome Bond villian, but I’m being very optimistic just putting him in my actual picks. I have to give the nod to Tommy Lee Jones.
Best Supporting Actress
Anne Hathaway in Les Miserablés
Sally Field in Lincoln
Amy Adams in The Master
Helen Hunt in The Sessions
Nicole Kidman in The Paperboy
My wish list:
Kara Hayward in Moonrise Kingdom
Emma Watson in The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Anne Hathaway in The Dark Knight Rises
Scarlett Johansson in The Avengers
Winner: Another category where I didn’t see a ton of the movies, but I legitimately thought Sally Field was amazing as Mary Todd Lincoln, so I’m giving it to her.
Those are my predictions, we’ll see how that pans out for me. In keeping with the theme of this blog I’ll review all the movies I still haven’t seen from the Best Picture list once it’s finally announced, plus the other ones if I have time. Stay Tuned.
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2 thoughts on “My Oscar Nomination Predictions

  1. I have to wonder why you favourited moonrise kingdom so much. I thought it was really a clear-cut case of a director trying too hard to convey their own stylistic trademarks. It was almost incestuous how hard Wes Anderson tried to make a Wes Anderson movie. Not to mention there wasn’t nearly enough Bill Murray. Side note, Scarlett Johansson is a terrible actress, and, while The Avengers was entertaining, it had very little substance. Definitely not Oscar worthy.

    • I agree that Moonrise Kingdom is a very Wes Anderson-y film, but I don’t see how a director using their stylistic trademarks is necessarily a bad thing. I’m a big Anderson fan, so it never bothered me. I thought the film was a minimalistic, heartfelt narrative with a wonderful cast (and there’s never enough Bill Murray in any movie). Also, I agree ScarJo isn’t a great actress by any stretch. I really just would like to physically see her at the ceremony, I think we all know why.

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