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Justin McLeod's Blog

July 20, 2012
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February 21st

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



Best Picture

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.

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