Oh yes, I am one of those…I love to watch award shows: the Golden Globes, Oscars, Screen Actors Guild Awards, The Emmys, etc. I’ve seen half of the Oscar nominees for Best Picture: Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, Django Unchained and Les Miserables. I think my picks are pretty much in line with most, but here’s what I’m thinking:
Best Picture– Argo. I haven’t seen it but I want it to win if only because Ben Affleck didn’t receive an Oscar nomination for Best Director. Usually whoever wins Best Director, their movie wins Best Picture. Who says it isn’t time to break tradition?
Best Actor– Hugh Jackman for Les Miserables. While Daniel Day Lewis was amazing in Lincoln, he just won for There Will Be Blood. He’s one of those actors we can take for granted. He will always put in a good performance. I think it’s time the academy gave someone else a chance. Musicals are Jackman’s forte, and if there’s anytime for him to be nominated (and win), it’s this year.
Best Actress– Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook. I think this is an award meant to go to her for her great potential. There’s something very, very raw about her acting. It’s almost as if she isn’t, and that makes a great actress. I’m sure Jessica Chastain is great in Zero Dark Thirty; I’m just not interested in seeing it. It’ll be between the two of them for sure.
Best Supporting Actor– Robert DeNiro for Silver Linings Playbook. It’s a subtle performance that has as much meaning as anything overwrought ever could. Acting just isn’t about crying, accents and weight gains, you know.
Best Supporting Actress– Anne Hathaway for Les Miserables. C’mon.
And…Best Song will go to Adele, of course. They’ll want to get to award her like every music award out there and the Golden Globes. Best Director will might probably go to David O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook, if they have any gall to give it Best Picture. Best Animated Feature will go to Brave, of course. That will always go to the most commercially and critically successful, and it’s not like there’s much to choose from.
Aren’t most people who watch award shows kind of experts by now? There’s so much press leading up to every Oscars telecast, and anyone who even casually reads up on it should feel like they know who’s going to win. It doesn’t help that with all the awards that lead up to it help people forecast who wins. At least it’s still fun to act like a know it all about something, especially when it’s something that doesn’t really matter and is totally harmless.