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
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]
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.
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.
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]
Life of Pi
Beasts of the Southern Wilds
Silver Linings Playbook
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.