Oscar Predictions 2012
Since I was a kid, I've been watching the Oscars. My friend and I would place bets on who would win every year. More often than not, I came out on top. Since I couldn't stay up late, my dad would write down the winners and slide them under my door. They would be waiting for me when I got up in the morning. The last few years I've made a point to watch all the nominees in the major categories. It is a hobby of mine. It isn't easy. I read blogs and the trades to see who has Oscar buzz. Thankfully, the Grandin Theatre in Roanoke plays a lot of these movies making my job a lot easier. I must say this year wasn't the greatest year for movies. But without further adieu, here are my annual picks!
Best Actor: This seems to be a race between George Clooney and French Actor Jean Dujardin.
George Clooney for The Descendants- I wasn't in love with this performance. I thought Clooney was much better two years ago for Up in the Air. He was nominated then.
Demian Bichir for A Better Life- Great performance, great story but have you seen it? No chance of winning.
Gary Oldman for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy- Oldman is a great actor but this role isn't Best Actor material in my book.
Brad Pitt for Moneyball- I am not a huge Pitt fan but I really liked this performance. I actually believed he was Billy Beane.
Jean Dujardin for the Artist- A moving performance and he doesn't even say a word.
Will Win: Clooney.
Should Win: Dujardin
Was Robbed: Michael Fassbender for Shame should be here. That was the best performance of the year.
Best Actress: This seems to be a race between Viola Davis and Meryl Streep.
Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady- What can you say? Another great performance by Streep. Unfortunately, the movie was terrible and I think that will hurt her chances of winning.
Viola Davis for The Help- Great performance by a great actress.
Rooney Mara for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo- I wasn't in love with this performance. She wouldn't get my vote.
Glenn Close for Albert Nobbs- I realize Close has been nominated several times and has never won but this character was so weird I couldn't vote for it. She's good in this movie. She plays a woman pretending to be a man. But I've never bought her as a man.
Michelle Williams for My Week With Marilyn- A great actress who will one day win an Oscar. This year isn't the one.
Will Win: Davis
Should Win: Davis. However, I won't be upset if Streep wins.
Was Robbed: Don't think anyone was overlooked
Best Supporting Actor: This seems to be a shoo in for Christopher Plummer.
Christopher Plummer for Beginners- Great performance
Kenneth Branagh for My Week With Marilyn- Great performance. Too bad he is up against Plummer.
Nick Nolte for Warrior- Great performance but did you see it? No chance of winning
Jonah Hall for Moneyball- Good performance. Not sure it is Oscar worthy.
Max Von Sydow for Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close- Great performance. Too bad he is up against Plummer.
Will Win: Plummer
Should Win: Branagh
Was Robbed: Patton Oswalt for Young Adult
Best Supporting Actress: This seems to be a shoo in for Octavia Spencer
Octavia Spencer for The Help- Wow, she practically stole the show. Bravo!
Melissa McCarthy for Bridesmaids- Good to see the Academy honor a comedic performance. She was very funny. Too bad she is up against Spencer
Jessica Chastain for The Help- Great performance but how can you ignore her co-star Spencer?
Berenice Bejo for The Artist- Love this performance. She was cute and playful. Too bad she is up against Spencer.
Janet McTeer for Albert Nobbs- Great performance. Like Glenn Close, she also plays a woman pretending to be a man. Unlike Close, I actually bought her as a man.
Will Win: Spencer
Should Win: Spencer
The Artist- A silent movie that was actually entertaining. How can you beat that?
The Help- A great movie but it seemed too polished for me. The fact the director isn't nominated hurts its chances
Hugo- This movie bored me to tears. Wouldn't get my vote
The Descendants- Good movie, not the best of the year
Midnight in Paris- It is a Woody Allen film. Not a huge fan of his movies. Wouldn't get my vote.
Moneyball- Great story with great performances.
The Tree of Life- Hated this movie. Can you tell me what it is about?
War Horse- Good movie, not great. Steven Spielberg has made better movies.
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close- Have mixed emotions about this movie. Didn't hate it, didn't love it. Wouldn't get my vote.
Will Win: The Artist
Should Win: The Artist
Was Robbed: Contagion. This was a better movie than it got credited for.