How to win your 2013 Oscar poolThe Oscars are coming up and very likely your friends, neighbors or co-workers will be asking you to fill out your ballots. If you’re anything like me, you wait until the last possible minute to fill them out. Sometimes I just copy whatever Roger Ebert predicts (Hey, why the heck not?) or scramble to pick whatever I’ve seen and/or liked.
Here’s my picks…
Argo has been sweeping, and perhaps with good reason. The film is a solid piece of filmmaking. From the mixing of new and archive footage to a fantastic score, audiences and critics were left on the edge of their seats even though this movie is about a historic event—we all know what happens.
Unfortunately there aren’t a bunch of telltale signs here. This is really anyone’s win. Ben Affleck has been sweeping this category all over the world—yet he is not nominated for an Oscar. I’m going to put my money on Steven Spielberg. It’s been a while since he got the credit he deserves and Lincoln really has been a passion project for him.
Lock, stock, and smoking barrel, Daniel Day-Lewis should put the statue on his mantle now. The statue for his role in Lincoln is already his. While every man’s performance in the category is admirable, it’s rare to watch someone of Daniel Day-Lewis’s talent embody one of the most important figures in American history. He wasn’t playing Lincoln; he became him.
Some crazy things have been happening with this category lately. Playing it safe? Choose Emmanuelle Riva for Amour. She won the BAFTA, and usually whoever wins the Best Actress BAFTA takes home the Best Actress Oscar. Am I going to be a rebel? Totally. I’m going to put Jessica Chastain on my ballot this year for her work in Zero Dark Thirty. Maybe I’m biased because I loved her in Take Shelter. But she’s been a working actress for a while, and her talent has been transforming. She’s exactly the kind of actress Oscar should honor.
Instead of reasoning the rest of my choices with you, I’m simply going to give you my picks straight out. There are so many reasons behind each of them and SO many categories that it would be unfair to make this a 3,000-word essay. Who has the time?
Best Supporting Actor: Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Best Animated Feature: Wreck it Ralph
Best Foreign Film: Amour
Best Original Screenplay: Zero Dark Thirty
Best Adapted Screenplay: Argo
Best Costume Design: Anna Karenina
Best Original Song: “Skyfall” from Skyfall
Best Original Score: Life of Pi
Best Documentary: How to Survive a Plague
Best Documentary (Short): Inocente
Best Makeup & Hairstyling: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Best Production Design: Anna Karenina
Best Film Editing: Argo
Best Cinematography: Life of Pi
Best Sound Editing: Life of Pi
Best Sound Mixing: Les Miserables
Best Visual Effects: Life of Pi
Best Short Film (Animated): Paperman
Best Short Film (Live Action): Curfew
What are your top picks for this year’s Oscars?
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