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Oscar predictions and preferences

Asst. Arts Editor

Published: Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Updated: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 22:01


Courtesy of The Weinstein Company

Best Picture

Prediction: Lincoln

Preference: Lincoln

A great movie is all about great acting, and that’s exactly what Lincoln has. Many people (including myself) expected more action out of this film, but where it was lacking it delivered something even better. The dialogue could have felt overwhelming had it not been perfectly delivered by a spectacular cast. Lincoln offers crucial insight on a revolutionary change in our nation’s history while also brilliantly reflecting on current American political issues. Not only was this movie entertaining, it was important – and that’s rare.

Best Actor

Prediction: Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln

Preference: Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln

Daniel Day-Lewis brought Abraham Lincoln to life in Lincoln like only he could have. There is no actor who has brought acting as an art form to the level that Day-Lewis consistently delivers on, and this film is no exception. Day-Lewis has already won two Oscars in this category and he gave two great acceptance speeches for both awards. Be prepared for great speech No. 3.

Best Actress

Prediction: Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook

Preference: Quvenzhané Wallis in Beasts of the Southern Wild

Jennifer Lawrence has yet to disappoint a critical audience and has made some lackluster movies much better with her outstanding performances, including the one she gave in Silver Linings Playbook. That being said, Quvenzhané Wallis was heart-wrenchingly entertaining to watch in Beasts of the Southern Wild. I’d love to see the 9-year-old launch a career off a victory in this category.

Best Supporting Actor

Prediction: Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Master

Preference: Christoph Waltz in Django Unchained

Philip Seymour Hoffman is another actor who can really do no wrong, and his performance was widely regarded as the best of the year for his work alongside Joaquin Phoenix in The Master. For me, Christoph Waltz is the most entertaining actor in the business right now and Quentin Tarantino makes all of his characters dance and twirl around Waltz’s multi-lingual signature style in a way that makes him stand out from the rest of the cast.

Best Supporting Actress

Prediction: Anne Hathaway in Les Misérables

Preference: Anne Hathaway in Les Misérables

This was a lock for me ever since the trailer for Les Misérables came out featuring Anne Hathaway singing “I Dreamed a Dream.” For me, the movie itself was a letdown after all the hype, but Hathaway was stunning and kept it afloat.

Best Director

Prediction: Steven Spielberg for Lincoln

Preference: Steven Spielberg for Lincoln

I’ve said what I have to say about this movie, but the man who choreographed its beauty and forceful delivery on the big screen was Steven Spielberg. Spielberg is known for doing “epic” better than anyone else, and he went above and beyond the call of duty for Lincoln.



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