Smart ladies love awards shows, Katie tries to pick the Oscar nominees for the top six categories


Okay Academy Awards nominations I’m going to pick you before you’re announced (well the top six awards AKA Best Picture, Director and all four acting awards).

Best Supporting Actor

Alan Arkin, Argo

Javier Bardem, Skyfall

Phillip Seymour Hoffman, The Master

Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln

Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

I went crazy on this one and picked Javier Bardem.  I know–what am I thinking?– BUT Bardem was nominated for a SAG AND he is more fun than, say, Robert DeNiro (BORING).

Best Supporting Actress

I miss Mad About You, why is it not in syndication anymore?!?

I miss Mad About You, why is it not in syndication anymore?!?

Amy Adams, The Master

Sally Field, Lincoln

Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables

Helen Hunt, The Sessions

Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy

This might be my favorite category and I’m thinking that I might be 80% correct.  Poor Amy Adams might be the one who gets dropped in favor for Maggie Smith for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.  If the nominations align to the SAGs Smith is in and Adams is out.  Let’s hope that people remember that The Master had more critical praise than the late summer old person movie.  My biggest concern is how old many Oscar voters are.  Fingers crossed for AMY!!! [I thought Sally Field was just ok in Lincoln, GRRR!! AV Club named Paperboy one of the worst movies of the year. -M]

Best Actor


Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

John Hawkes, The Sessions

Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables

Joaquin Phoenix, The Master

Denzel Washington, Flight

There is a possibility that Joaquin will be tossed off the list in favor of Bradley Cooper.

Best Actress


Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty

Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone

Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

Emmanuelle Riva, Amour

Naomi Watts, The Impossible

Before I talk about anything important just pause and think about the gowns most of these women will wear to the Oscars [Oooh Naomi Watts! -M].  And back to real life, Emmanuelle Riva’s spot could also go to Quvenzhané Wallis from Beasts of the Southern Wilds (though I think that will get a writing nomination instead) or Helen Mirren in Hitchcock.

Best Director


Ben Affleck, Argo

Katherine Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty

Tom Hooper, Les Miserables

Ang Lee, Life of Pi

Steven Spielberg, Lincoln

I actually picked all five before I went and looked up the DGA nominations which I am totally aligned with — pause while I smugly do the I’m so smart dance…tomorrow I will cry when I am completely wrong.

Tom Hooper is the weakest link of the group. Les Miserables has received mixed reviews but I’m keeping it in because the Oscars love a spectacle.  If he were to go my money is then on David O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook to take his spot. [And I will be sobbing in a corner for PT Anderson and Quentin Tarantino. -M]

Best Picture

life of pi



Life of Pi

Beasts of the Southern Wilds

The Sessions

The Master

Silver Linings Playbook

Les Miserables

The rules for Best Picture are that the number of nominees can’t exceed ten and has to be more than five.  I have eight though I’m thinking it’s really going to be seven without either Beasts of the Southern Wilds or The Sessions.

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