Before we examine the final two of the major categories it should be noted that the best director category is in the midst of one of the biggest oversights in the history of the awards. Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow both are without nominations despite the overwhelming and immense praise, awards and nominations they have received throughout the current award season.
The best director category is one of the most wide open and tightest races of the night. It would, upon first notice, appear to be Steven Spielberg’s to lose. However it truly could and SHOULD be the night of one of the lesser known directors on the nominee list. While it very well could go to Spielberg my prediction is that the young and first time nominee Behn Zeitlin will walk away with the award for the masterfully done, Beasts Of The Southern Wild. He managed to make a visually striking film with a marvelous story and direct the young star, Quvenzhane Wallis to the youngest leading acting nomination ever at the age of nine in her brilliant performance. With that said almost anyone else could very well walk away with Oscar. While it most certainly should be Ben Affleck’s night and award to win, we know that is not possible so I will be rooting for and predicting Ben Zeitlin.
This leads us to the big category of the night, Best Picture. With a list of ten nominees, very very worthy nominees, this has been one of the best lists of nominees in quite a while. While early in the award season all signs were pointing towards two movies as the front runners in the form of Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty. However as the awrds started rolling in it has become very clear that this award almost certainly belongs to Afflecks phenomenal film, Argo. With what has been a near clean sweep of almost all awards it has been nominated for, it’s almost a certain lock that it will take the top prize Sunday night. There is no one more humbled and surprised by every win than Affleck and it has been fun to watch his reactions. With a career that was headed down a very disappointing path, when Affleck stepped behind the lens a whole new man and career was born and the fruits of his labors are being rewarded this season and rightfully so.
So there you have it. Those are my predictions for the six major award categories. I hope you enjoy all the nominees films and Oscar night as much as we will.
List Of Predictions
Best Picture: Argo
Best Director: Behn Zeitlin, Beasts Of The Southern Wild
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Best Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
Best Adapted Screenplay: David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Best Animated Film: Frankenweenie
Best Documentary: Searching For Sugar Man