Ok, so, yes, I am late in the game, but even with a few hours till the actual ceremony, I couldn’t just not have anything posted in regards to the Oscars.It will be brief as all that can be said and predicted.. well, has. But, why not contribute in some way and hope that the Oscars can pull at least one surprise in the mix.
Before the predictions -
Ranking the best picture nominees in order of quality, in the humble opinion of I: (Best to Worst)
- The Artist
- Hugo (It’s essentially a tie between the two)
- The Tree of Life
- The Descendants
- Midnight In Paris
- The Help
Bottom of the barrel
Just below hell
- War Horse.
NOTE: (Unfortunately I was unable to see Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close before the ceremony, but in all honesty, do you really think it’s going to win?)
And just for fun, what if there were 10 nominees (but of course, 9 is the preferred number) for Best Picture and If I had a say in the manner:
- The Artist
- The Guard
- The Grey
- The Tree of Life
- The Ides of March
- Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
- Midnight in Paris
(Although some aren’t personal favourites of mine, they are films that challenge the norm yet strike a nerve or two, thus fitting the Oscar ballot bill almost perfectly)
And Now to:
Only some categories will be included, not all, but rest assured, it’ll be the ones everyone will be making an effort to watch:
Best Supporting Actress:
Bérénice Bejo in The Artist
Jessica Chastain in The Help
Melissa McCarthy in Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer in Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer in The Help
Prediction: Octavia Spencer – The Help
Preference: Bérénice Bejo – The Artist
Although, Octavia Spencer, even though next to NO ONE has her down as a preference, was one of the better things about The Help.
Best Supporting Actor:
Kenneth Branagh in My Week with Marilyn
Jonah Hill in Moneyball
Nick Nolte in Warrior
Christopher Plummer in Beginners
Max von Sydow in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Prediction: Christopher Plummer – Beginners
Preference: Christopher Plummer – Beginners
Albert Brooks should be nominated in this category, he should also win for Drive. However, putting that aside, Plummer really was wonderful in Beginners (also one of the best things about it) Shout out to Nick Nolte. Also, just quickly, What in the hell did Jonah Hill do in Moneyball that triumphed over Brooks or anyone else in this category?
Glenn Close in Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis in The Help
Rooney Mara in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams in My Week with Marilyn
Prediction: Viola Davis – The Help
Preference: Michelle Williams – My Week With Marilyn
Many are jumping on the Meryl Streep wagon on this one as of late, but there’s two things to consider. 1. Streep already has two Oscars and will have more than 40 chances to claim a third, and 2. The Iron Lady isn’t a good movie, and even the Academy agree’s with that one (although her performance, of course was something.) My pick is Williams as Marilyn as it’s the best performance I’ve seen as the fallen star but Viola is a close second. Plus, people LOVED The Help, it’ll deserve at least these Oscars.
Jean Dujardin - The Artist
George Clooney - The Descendants
Demián Bichir - A Better Life
Gary Oldman - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Brad Pitt - Moneyball
Prediction: George Clooney – The Descendants
Preference: Jean Dujardin – The Artist
I hope I am so incredibly wrong on this one, I want Jean to win, but does anyone remember the 2009 Oscars? Mickey Rourke won almost every award, come Oscars time when he was a sure lock to win, Penn won his second Oscar. I sense this happening again this year, as the Oscar’s one and only surprise (The cruel bastards). As said I hope I’m wrong, Clooney’s performance was fine, but it was no Dujardin. And in case any one thinks I’m mad for choosing this, How many actually love The Descendants as a movie, putting aside Clooney’s performance? All that early Oscar buzz had to come from some place?
Michel Hazanavicius - The Artist
Alexander Payne - The Descendants
Martin Scorsese - Hugo
Woody Allen - Midnight in Paris
Terrence Malick – The Tree Of Life
Prediction: Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist
Preference: Martin Scorsese – Hugo/ Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist
In terms of direction, they were both flawless.
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Midnight in Paris
The Tree of Life
Prediction: The Artist
Preference: The Artist (Or Hugo)
And just quickly:
Best Original Screenplay: Midnight in Paris – Prediction
The Artist – Preference
Best Adapted Screenplay: Moneyball – Prediction
The Ides Of March, Hugo or Moneyball – Preference
…. And Rango for best animated feature film.
It’s nice to see a year where the best picture front runner is one that ACTUALLY deserves it and is an original piece of work rather than a sequel or emotional sap fest adapted from a $1.99 romance paperback.
Hope you enjoy viewing and are having a drink or two to get by the usual oscar boredom.
As long as War Horse doesn’t win a thing (Unless Best cheap shot and Best use of a horse to encourage tears and irritation are nominees) then all is right with the world.
For Your Consideration.