Five Films! Academy Awards Predictions.

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The 85th Academy Awards are upon us this weekend, and as you gather around to watch the culmination of award season, we all tend to have our own opinions and predictions on who we want to and who should win. Here are my top 5 predictions this year.

1) Best Picture: Argo

First of all I applaud the Academy for nominating Django Unchained because I wouldn’t expect the 70+ age bracket of Academy voters to be all hot and bothered by Tarantino’s use of the word n*gger throughout the script, and with that said, I anticipate that Argo picking up awards everywhere else for Best Picture and Director would indicate that it’s a strong contender for Best Picture, especially since Affleck was snubbed for a Best Director nomination. 

2) Best Director: Benh Zeitlin for Beasts of the Southern Wild

Sure, it could be David O. Russell for Silver Linings or Spielberg for Lincoln, but I’d love to see first time director Zeitlin take the stage for his imaginative work with Beasts of the Southern Wild. I have an appreciation for the rare ability to step inside a child’s mind so well, and 6 year old Quvenzhané Wallis certainly commands the films well though I think the Best Actress nominee is a bit much, a bit early.

3) Best Actor in a Leading Role: Daniel Day Lewis in Lincoln

Kind of a given I feel like. Daniel Day Lewis isn’t your average actor. He is shall we say, an actors actor. A man who can shed himself to become another; whereas many watch a film and see Brad Pitt playing whoever, watching Daniel Day Lewis is to watch DaVinci paint the Mona Lisa; it’s a work of art. Then again, Silver Linings is getting a lot of attention, but I still look at Bradley Cooper and see a regular guy, not an actor.

4) Best Actress in a Leading Role: Emmanuelle Riva in Amour

Six year old Quvenzhané Wallis is six, ok? Jennifer Lawrence is 22 and while she may be building a smart resumé thus far, it’s a tad early, I think. Jessica Chastain was nominated Best Supporting Actress for 2011’s The Help but I think she should’ve been nominated for Best Actress in The Tree of Life, and her performance in this years Zero Dark Thirty? Good, but not great. It’s Miss Emmanuelle Riva of Amour that deserves such an accolade. The 85 year old captures emotion that none of her younger counterparts are capable of quite yet in their young careers.

5) Best Cinematography: Where the Hell is The Master?

Mihai Malaimare Jr.’s work on The Master was exceptional. There’s no arguing that. So what happened to the nomination, huh? I’d knock Life of Pi off the nominations list in a second in support of The Masters well lit frames of motion as opposed to Claudio Miranda’s hyper realistic and vivid painting in Life of Pi.

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