It’s a wonderful night for Oscar

Zachary Durand & Caroline Madden, ’Doah Staff Writers
February 20, 2013

hero460_oscarsWell, the time has finally come to celebrate Tinseltown’s most anticipated event of the year: the Oscars! The awards show turns 85 on Feb. 24, and it is shaping up to be one of the most glamorous we’ve seen in recent years. Hosted by comedic song-and-dance man Seth Macfarlane, the 85th Annual Academy Awards will include a tribute to musicals, 50 years of 007 and much more. To get ready for the show, ‘Doah staff writers Caroline Madden and Zachary Durand are making their predictions for who will be, and who should be, taking home Hollywood’s most sought-after statuette.

Best Picture:
The way things have gone in regards to the SAG Awards and the Golden Globes, it’s clear that “Argo” is the front-runner for Hollywood’s top prize. “Zero Dark Thirty” was a tremendous achievement for Kathryn Bigelow. However, the Academy is infamous for playing against any political controversy, despite the artistic brilliance that is executed. As well, “Silver Linings Playbook” was an all-around wonderful film. It made you laugh and it made you cry. With solid performances and an uplifting and unconventional storyline, it elevates the romantic comedy genre.
Zach’s Picks:
Who will win: “Argo”
Who should win: “Zero Dark Thirty”
Caroline’s Picks:
Who will win: “Argo”
Who should win: “Silver Linings Playbook”

Best Director:
The Academy shocked the world of entertainment when both Bigelow and “Argo” director Ben Affleck were snubbed for Best Director. With these two heavyweights absurdly out of the running, the race is between David O. Russell, director of “Silver Linings Playbook;” Ang Lee, the director of “Life of Pi;” and Steven Spielberg for his biopic, “Lincoln.”
Zach’s Picks:
Who will win: David O. Russell
Who should win: Ben Affleck or Kathryn Bigelow (I’m torn, 50/50)
Caroline’s Picks:
Who will win: Steven Spielberg
Who should win: Ben Affleck

Best Actor:
What more can someone say on the work of Daniel Day-Lewis? His work in “Lincoln” was superb. While Joaquin Phoenix gave an emotional, vulnerable and bold performance in “The Master,” Day-Lewis has been scooping up all the awards this year and will likely continue to do so on the 24th.
Zach’s Picks:
Who will win: Daniel Day-Lewis
Who should win: Daniel Day-Lewis
Caroline’s Picks:
Who will win: Daniel Day Lewis
Who should win: Daniel Day Lewis or Joaquin Phoenix

Best Actress:
This category has had all of Hollywood guessing since the nominations were announced. At the 2008 Oscars, Marion Cotillard surprised everyone by winning the Oscar for her performance in the French film “La Vie En Rose.” This may just happen again with Emmanuelle Riva for her performance in “Amour” — at 85-years-old, she is the oldest female nominee in history. Of course, Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain are both being lauded as potential winners. Lawrence is a favorite for her spirited performance in “Silver Linings Playbook,” whereas Chastain gave a fierce performance in “Zero Dark Thirty,” playing a strong female character rarely seen in Hollywood.
Zach’s Picks:
Who Will Win: Emmanuelle Riva
Who Should Win: Jessica Chastain
Caroline’s Picks:
Who will win: Emmanuelle Riva
Who should win: Jessica Chastain

Best Supporting Actor:
Again, another category that is betwixt and between. Each of these gentlemen are previous Academy Award winners. With Christoph Waltz (“Django Unchained”), Alan Arkin (“Argo”), Philip Seymour Hoffman (“The Master”), Robert De Niro (“Silver Linings Playbook”) and Tommy Lee Jones (“Lincoln”) as this year’s contenders, it’s anybody’s award. Waltz’s performance in “Django Unchained” was astounding, yet vaguely reminiscent of his performance in “Inglourious Basterds.” Jones also stands out for his commanding presence as the curmudgeon, Thaddeus Stevens, in the impeccable “Lincoln.”
Zach’s Picks:
Who will win: Christoph Waltz
Who should win: Christoph Waltz
Caroline’s Picks:
Who will win: Christoph Waltz
Who should win: Tommy Lee Jones

Best Supporting Actress:
While Sally Field did incredible work in “Lincoln,” as did Amy Adams in “The Master,” Anne Hathaway will be taking home the Oscar on Feb. 24 for her despairing performance as Fantine in “Les Miserables.” Her rendition of “I Dreamed A Dream,” done all in one take, is the most devastating and truthful version of the song ever committed to screen. Hathaway deserves the award, and there is no one in the entertainment industry that would disagree.
Zach’s Picks:
Who will win: Anne Hathaway
Who should win: Anne Hathaway
Caroline’s Picks:
Who will win: Anne Hathaway
Who should win: Anne Hathaway

1 reply »

  1. Some nice picks, guys. Personally, I’d love to see either of the two underdogs – Amour or Beasts – win the top gong. It would really send out a message that the stuffy, predominately 60+ academy can think outside of the box and defiantly champion a new trend towards foreign and indie cinema becoming more greatly appreciated by the mainstream audience.

    Here’s my Oscars prediction podcast, if you’re curious. 🙂


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