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My Predicitons for the 2013 Academy Awards


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will hand out the Academy Awards on Sunday, February 24, 2013.argo-affleck-852-04022909

Here are my predictions:

Best Motion Picture Predicted Winner:

  • Argo – This inspirational, true-life take on an incredible tale of courage and perseverance seems to have the most positive buzz among the press. It has also dominated the major categories at the Golden Globes, SAGs, DGAs, PGAs and BAFTA Awards.  The snub for Ben Affleck in the Best Director category has seemed to help propel this film forward.

Best Motion Picture Possible Upset:

  • Lincoln – This epic tale also has a small chance to take the top prize, as it made a strong showing with the number of Academy Award nominations. This upset is very slim though, as Argo is the lincoln-daniel-day-lewismore likely winner.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Predicted Winner:

  • Daniel Day-Lewis for LincolnA two-time Academy Award winner in this category, Day-Lewis has the most critical momentum and the most number of other honours for this role for him to take the top honor in this category.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Possible Upset:

  • Hugh Jackman for Les Misérables – Jackman is a very charismatic presence in Hollywood and has generated a lot of positive buzz around a heartfelt performance that shows off his skills as an actor and singer. Jackman though is not very likely to win over Day-Lewis.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Predicted Winner:

  • Emmanuelle Riva for Amour  – As  the oldest person ever to be nominated in this category, Riva has garnered a considerable amount of praise for her sensitive portrayal of a women amour-riva_2448292bin her declining years including the BAFTA award for Best Actress.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Possible Upset:

  • Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook – Lawrence is a huge rising star in Hollywood and has generated lots of positive buzz for her performance. She is definitely the “It” girl in Hollywood and has a very strong chance of taking home this award.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Predicted Winner:

  • Christoph Waltz for Django Unchained – This category is going to very close to predict with all the nominees being previous Oscar winners. Though most film critics are going with Robert De Niro, I will still have to go with Waltz for his portrayal of a menacing bounty hunter. He also has already picked up the Golden Globe and the BAFTA in this category and is well-respected in Hollywood.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Possible Upset:christopher-waltz-jamie-foxx-django-unchained

  • Tommy Lee Jones for Lincoln – Lee Jones is also very well liked and respected as an actor. His performance also has generated a lot of acclaim including a SAG award in this same category.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Predicted Winner:

  • Anne Hathaway for Les Misérables – Hathaway has generated the most positive buzz and acclaim for a performance where she shows off her talents as an actress and singer. She is also very well liked in Hollywood and is by far the favorite to win in this category.

 Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role  Possible Upset:

  • Sally Field for Lincoln – Field has also received a lot of positive attention for her performance and is very well liked and respected in Hollywood. She has already won two Oscars and people like a comeback story. It is though very unlikely that she will win over Hathaway in this category.

Best Achievement in Directing Predicted Winner:1500_les_miserables_anne_hathaway

  • Michael Haneke for Amour – With Affleck and Bigelow out of the picture, the winner is likely going to be Haneke for directing for what many consider to be the best picture of the last year even though it is a foreign language film.

Best Achievement in Directing Possible Upset:

  • Steven Spielberg for Lincoln – The veteran filmmaker is one of the most successful and accomplished directors of all-time and has the name clout with voters. He is also a two-time winner in this category.  As Affleck has taken home most of the other major prizes in this category, this one is harder to predict with even Ang Lee having a shot for Life of Pi, as Lee is also a previous winner in this category.

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Predicted Winner:

  • Amour: Michael Haneke – This is really a close call; I will have to give a slight lead to Haneke for his screenplay for Amour,  considered to be one of the best films of last year.Michael-Haneke--Amour

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Possible Upset:

  • Django Unchained: Quentin Tarantino – A previous winner in this category, Tarantino also has a really good shot at winning, having already won the BAFTA and Golden Globe for this screenplay. Tarantino also has the name recognition factor.

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published Predicted Winner:

  • Argo: Chris Terrio  – This category is also going to be really close. Though, I will have to go with the screenplay for Argo, which has already won a Writers Guild Award. Argo is very popular amongst award voters and has garnered more buzz due to Affleck’s snub in the Best Director category.

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published Nominees:

  • Silver Linings Playbook: David O. Russell – Russell also has a really strong chance of winning in this category, having already won the BAFTA and Independent Spirit Award. The filmSILVER-LININGS-PLAYBOOK-DIR-David-O-Russell-with-Bradley-Cooper-and-Jennifer-Lawrence also has a lot of positive buzz.

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year Predicted Winner:

  • Brave – Out of all the animated films this past year, this film has generated the most acclaim and accolades, including the Golden Globe and the BAFTA in this category. Brave was also the highest grossing animated film at the box office this past year.

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year Possible Upset:

  • Wreck-It Ralph – This film also has a shot in this category, as it also has had a lot of positive press and was a big draw at the box office this past year. 

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year Predicted Winner:

  • Amour (Austria) – This film is almost a sure bet in this category. Out of all the foreign language films this year, this one has garnered the most awards, including the Golden Globe Braveand the BAFTA, acclaim and positive press.

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year Possible Upset:

  • A Royal Affair (Denmark) – Though all the nominations were strong candidates, I will have to go with this costume period drama for a distant second place. Note: None of the films, including this one, really stand a chance against Amour in this category.

Best Documentary, Feature Predicted Winner:

  • Searching for Sugar Man – Out of all the Documentary Features, this film is the most crowd pleasing and has the most positive buzz, It has already won the BAFTA in this category, as well as Producers and Writers Guild awards.

Best Documentary, Feature Possible Upset:

  • The Invisible War – All the other contenders in this category deal with more somber subject matters and are all excellent films in their one right, making this category hard to call. I will have to go with this feature as a possible upset, as the film deals with the disturbing subject of sexual assaults of female personnel in the military. Though 5 Broken Cameras, The Gatekeepers, and How to Survive a Plague all also stand a chance of winning.daniel-craig-judi-dench-skyfall

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song Predicted Winner:

  • “Skyfall” from Skyfall: Adele, Paul Epworth – This was a huge film this year and the song was one of the many highlights. The song has already won a number of major awards and is also co-written and sung by Adele, who is extremely popular.

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song Possible Upset:

Best Reviewed Movies of 2012


According to Rotten Tomatoes, here are the top 100 best critic reviewed movies of 2012: this_is_not_a_film_poster1

1. This Is Not a Film (2012)
2. How to Survive a Plague (2012)
3. The Invisible War (2012)
4. Planet of Snail (2012)
5. The Waiting Room (2012)
6. Beware Of Mr. Baker (2012)
7. Wild Bill (2012)
8. Finding Nemo 3D (2012)
9. Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2012)
10. Oslo, August 31st (2012)
11. Brooklyn Castle (2012)
12 The Island President (2012)
13. Monsieur Lazhar (2012)
14. Chasing Ice (2012)
15. The Loved Ones (2012)
16 Paul Williams Still Alive (2012)
17. Argo (2012)
18. Monsters, Inc. 3D (2012)
19 The Imposter (2012)
20. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012)
21. Sister (2012)
22. West of Memphis (2012)
23 Yellow Submarine (2012)
24. Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God (2012)
25. Sleepless Night (2012)
26. Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap (2012)
27. Searching for Sugar Man (2012)
28. The Queen of Versailles (2012)
29. Marley (2012)
30. Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel (2012)
31. The Central Park Five (2012)
32. Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present (2012)
33. The Angels’ Share (2012)
34. Bonsái (2012)
35. Looper (2012)
36. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
37. The Secret World of Arrietty (2012)
38. Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
39. The House I Live In (2012)
40. Side by Side (2012)
41. 5 Broken Cameras (2012)
42. The Sessions (2012)
43. Farewell, My Queen (2012)
44. The Sapphires (2012)
45. Elena (2012)
46. Barbara (2012)
47. Turn Me On, Dammit! (2012)
48. Shadow Dancer (2012)
49. Last Ride (2012)
50. Marvel’s The Avengers (2012)
51. Skyfall (2012)
52. Bernie (2012)
53. Amour (2012)
54. Headhunters (2012)
55. I Wish (2012)
56. The Fairy (2012)
57. Starlet (2012)
58. Girl Model (2012)
59. Indie Game: The Movie (2012)
60. Beauty Is Embarrassing (2012)
61. Crossfire Hurricane (2012)
62. A Simple Life (2012)
63. The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
64. Lincoln (2012)
65. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
66. Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
67. Holy Motors (2012)
68. In Darkness (2012)
69. The Well Digger’s Daughter (2012)
70. The Hunt (Jagten) (2012)
71. The Green Wave (2012)
72. Gayby (2012)
73. Somewhere Between (2012)
74. Life of Pi (2012)
75. Frankenweenie (2012)
76. Compliance (2012)
77. A Royal Affair (2012)
78. Neil Young Journeys (2012)
79. Django Unchained (2012)
80. Wreck-it Ralph (2012)
81. Robot & Frank (2012)
82. The Big Picture (2012)
83. Sightseers (2012)
84. Head Games (2012)
85. Pink Ribbons, Inc. (2012)
86. Tabu (2012)
87. The Other Dream Team (2012)
88. Portrait of Wally (2012)
89. Carol Channing: Larger Than Life (2012)
90. Ballplayer: Pelotero (2012)
91. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
92. Boy (2012)
93. The Turin Horse (2012)
94. Shut Up and Play the Hits (2012)
95. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
96. Chronicle (2012)
97. ParaNorman (2012)
98. The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012)
99. Bully (2012)
100. Sleepwalk With Me (2012)

Notable Films of 2012


Here is my list of notable films for 2012:21-jump-street-poster__span

  1. 21 Jump Street
  2. 5 Broken Cameras
  3. Act of Killing, The
  4. After Lucia
  5. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
  6. Almayer’s Folly
  7. Alps
  8. Amazing Spider-Man, The
  9. Amour
  10. Anna Karenina
  11. Araf-Somewhere in Between
  12. Arbitrage
  13. Argo
  14. Attenberg
  15. Avengers, The (Marvel’s)
  16. Barbara
  17. Beauty is Embarrassing
  18. Beasts of the Southern Wildbeastssouthernwild
  19. Berberian Sound Studio
  20. Bernie
  21. Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The
  22. Bestiaire
  23. Beyond the Hills
  24. Blancanieves
  25. Blood of My Blood
  26. Boy
  27. Brave
  28. Bully
  29. Burning Hot Summer, The
  30. Cabin in the Woods, The
  31. Central Park Five, The
  32. Chasing Ice
  33. Chico & Rita
  34. China Heavyweight
  35. Chroniclechronicle_ver3
  36. Cloud Atlas
  37. Color Wheel, The
  38. Comedy, The
  39. Compliance
  40. Consuming Spirits
  41. Cosmopolis
  42. Damsels in Distress
  43. Dark Horse
  44. Dark Knight Rises, The
  45. Day He Arrives, The
  46. Deep Blue Sea, The
  47. Detropia
  48. Django Unchained
  49. Domaine
  50. Dragon
  51. Dust Bowl, The
  52. Elenaend-of-watch-poster
  53. End of Watch
  54. Expendables 2
  55. Fake It So Real
  56. Fill The Void
  57. Flight
  58. Footnote
  59. Frankenweenie
  60. Friends With Kids
  61. From Up on Poppy Hill
  62. Gatekeepers, The
  63. Gayby
  64. Girl Walk/All Day
  65. God Bless America
  66. Goodbye, My Love
  67. Grey, The
  68. Haywire
  69. Headhunters
  70. Hello I Must Be Goinghitchcock-final-movie-poster
  71. Hitchcock
  72. Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The
  73. Holy Motors
  74. Hope Springs
  75. Hotel Transylvania
  76. House I Live In, The
  77. How to Survive a Plague
  78. Hunger Games, The
  79. Hypnotist, The
  80. I Wish
  81. Ice Age: Continental Drift
  82. Impossible, The
  83. Imposter, The
  84. In The Family
  85. Intouchables, The
  86. Invisible War, The
  87. Island President, The
  88. It So Realkeep_the_lights_on
  89. It’s Such a Beautiful Day
  90. Jeff, Who Lives at Home
  91. Jiro Dreams of Sushi
  92. Keep the Lights On
  93. Kid with a Bike, The
  94. Kill List
  95. Killer Joe
  96. Killing Them Softly
  97. Law in These Parts, The
  98. Le Grand Amour
  99. Les Miserables
  100. Let the Bullets Fly
  101. Liar’s Autobiography – The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman, A
  102. Life of Pi
  103. Life Without Principle
  104. Like Someone in Love
  105. Lincolnlooper
  106. Loneliest Planet, The
  107. Looper
  108. Lorax, The
  109. Lore
  110. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
  111. Magic Mike
  112. Margaret
  113. Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present
  114. Master, The
  115. Memories Look at Me
  116. Men in Black 3
  117. Middle of Nowhere
  118. Miss Bala
  119. Mobile Homestead trilogy
  120. Monsieur Lazhar
  121. Moonrise Kingdom
  122. Neighboring SoundsOnce_Upon_a_Time_in_Anatolia_1
  123. No
  124. Not Fade Away
  125. Oki’s Movie
  126. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
  127. Only the Young
  128. Oslo, August 31st
  129. Our Children
  130. Painting, The
  131. Paperboy, The
  132. ParaNorman
  133. Perks of Being a Wallflower, The
  134. Photographic Memory
  135. Pirates: Band of Misfits, The
  136. Pitch Perfect
  137. Possession
  138. Premium Rush
  139. PrometheusPromised-Land-Movie-Poster-300x444
  140. Promised Land
  141. Queen of Versailles, The
  142. Rabbi’s Cat, The
  143. Raid: Redemption, The
  144. Rebelle (War Witch)
  145. Red Hook Summer
  146. Return
  147. Rise of the Guardians
  148. Robot and Frank
  149. Room 237
  150. Royal Affair, A
  151. Ruby Sparks
  152. Rust and Bone
  153. Sack Barrow
  154. Safety Not Guaranteed
  155. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
  156. SamsaraThe-Secret-World-of-Arrietty-poster
  157. Searching for Sugar Man
  158. Secret World of Arrietty, The
  159. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
  160. Sessions, The
  161. Seven Psychopaths
  162. Shut Up and Play the Hits
  163. Side By Side
  164. Sightseers
  165. Silver Linings Playbook
  166. Simple Life, A
  167. Sinister
  168. Sister
  169. Skyfall
  170. Smashed
  171. Snow White and the Huntsman
  172. Snowtown Murders, The
  173. Something in the Air
  174. Sound of My Voice, The
  175. Starlet
  176. Stories We TellTakeThisWaltzfr
  177. Tabu
  178. Take This Waltz
  179. Tchoupitoulas
  180. Ted
  181. Teddy Bear
  182. This Is 40
  183. This Is Not a Film
  184. This Must Be the Place
  185. To Rome with Love
  186. Turin Horse, The
  187. Two Years At Sea
  188. Under African Skies
  189. Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning
  190. Unspeakable Act, The
  191. Waiting Room, The
  192. We Have a Pope
  193. West of Memphisthe-woman-in-black-movie-poster-3
  194. Where Do We Go Now?
  195. Whore’s Glory
  196. Woman in Black, The
  197. Wreck-It-Ralph
  198. Wuthering Heights
  199. Your Sister’s Sister
  200. Zarafa
  201. Zero Dark Thirty
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