Monday, February 4, 2013

My Annual Academy Award Predictions for 2013

Post YOUR predictions in the comments.

The Academy Awards are in a few weeks (Feb. 24th), so I wanted to get my predictions posted.  (Last year I was correct in 5 of 6 predictions.)  Before I do, however, I'll give you my three personal favorite movies from this year's nominees.  I would highly recommend you see these three, if you haven't already: Argo, Silver Linings Playbook, and Life of Pi. Many of the others are also quite good and definitely worth seeing.

OK, so on to my predictions.  Here are the six main categories, nominees and my predictions:

Best Picture
- Lincoln
- Les Miserables
- Silver Linings Playbook
- Life of Pi
- Zero Dark Thirty
- Amour
- Beasts of the Soutern Wild
- Django

Best Actor
- Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln) - MY PREDICTED WINNER
- Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables)
- Joaquin Phoenix (The Master)
- Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook)
- Denzel Washington (Flight)

Best Actress
- Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) - MY PREDICTED WINNER
- Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty)
- Emmanuelle Riva (Amour)
- Naomi Watts (The Impossible)
- Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild)

Best Director
- Steven Spielberg (Lincoln) - MY PREDICTED WINNER
- Ang Lee (Life of Pi) 
- Michel Haneke (Amour)
- David O Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)
- Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild)

Best Supporting Actor
- Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) MY PREDICTED WINNER
- Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln) *
- Phillip Seymour Hoffman (The Master)
- Robert De Niro (Silver Linings Playbook)
- Alan Arkin (Argo)

Supporting Actress
- Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables) - MY PREDICTED WINNER
- Sally Field (Lincoln)
- Amy Adams (The Master)
- Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook)
- Helen Hunt (The Sessions)

* I feel very good about all my predictions except for Best Supporting Actor.  This one could go to Tommy Lee Jones.  This was a close call for me, so I went with my favorite of the two.

Think I'm off? I hope you'll post your predictions in the comments below (or email me with your picks), and we'll see who comes closest.