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Oscar predictions 2013


The 2013 Oscars will be held Sunday, February 24 at 6 p.m.

Oscar Nominations and Predictions:


Best Picture-


Lincoln – Win


Silver Linings Playbook

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Zero Dark Thirty

Django Unchained

Life of Pi

Les Miserables


This is always a tough category to predict, but it’s fairly simple to narrow it down to the top three films with the most buzz. Lincoln is one of the frontrunners for this category, and is most likely to win. Zero Dark Thirty has a good shot too, but with so much controversy circulating the movie, it probably will not be able to reach the Best Picture Award.  Silver Linings Playbook is a long shot, but still very possible. Life of Pi and Django both are amazing movies, but Pi does not have much more to offer other than a boy stranded at sea, and Django is likely too outrageous for the Academy’s taste. Overall, I’d predict a win for Lincoln.


Actor in a Leading Role-

Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook

Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln – Win

Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables

Joaquin Phoenix, The Master

Denzel Washington, Flight


Daniel Day-Lewis is very nearly guaranteed for this win. Hugh Jackman, Joaquin Phoenix, and Denzel Washington all did well with their roles, but nothing really stood out quite like Day-Lewis. I’d love to see Bradley Cooper take this one, but he just doesn’t have enough buzz to take a win. Another likely winner would be Hugh Jackman, but Les Miserables lacked as many good reviews as it should have gotten.


Actress in a Leading Role-

Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook – Win

Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty

Emmanuelle Riva, Amour

Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Naomi Watts, The Impossible



The huge battle is on between Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain, along with a lot of buzz around Emanuelle Riva.  Both have a lot of buzz and it could really go either way. Emmnuelle and Quvenzhane, presenting the oldest and youngest actresses ever nominated in the category, have both achieved an amazing feat, and either could pull an upset, though not likely. Naomi Watts delivered an incredible performance, but it’s unlikely she’ll take it. Not impossible, but not likely. I’m going out on a limb and saying Jennifer Lawrence for this one, but in reality, Jessica Chastain could easily swipe the award.


Animated Feature Film-


The Pirates! Band of Misfits


Frankenweenie – Win

Wreck-It Ralph


What a year for Claymation filmmaking, with three of the animated nominees being this unique form of animation. The Pirates! Band of Misfits and Brave are both great films and both are hilarious and entertaining, but due to lack of anything extremely original and fresh, it’s unlikely these films will win. ParaNorman’s story definitely lacks a lot of originality, but it does a chance, as its animation is amazing. That leaves the battle between Frankenweenie and Wreck-It Ralph. As much as I would love to see Wreck-It Ralph win, the Academy nominated three Claymation movies, making it likely that Frankenweenie is going to take it, as it’s getting the most buzz and got a huge amount of support from critics everywhere. I predict Frankenweenie will take it, but ParaNorman could take it on visuals alone.



Actor in a Supporting Role-

Alan Arkin, Argo

Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook

Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master

Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln – Win

Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained


I see Tommy Lee Jones winning with only Christoph Waltz as a competition against him. Otherwise, the other performances won’t likely win due to not enough buzz surrounding their roles.



Actress in a Supporting Role-

Amy Adams, The Master

Sally Field, Lincoln

Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables – Win

Helen Hunt, The Sessions

Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook


I can only really see Anne Hathaway winning this one. If anyone pulls an upset over Hathaway, it’ll be Sally Field. Anne Hathaway also took the Golden Globe over Sally fields, making her a stronger choice.

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    JasonFeb 8, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Hello, Nick!
    Yes, I did see both films. Life of Pi left many audiences amazed with the incredible visuals and storytelling, but I don’t think it quite reached the moral questioning point, at least for me. But keep in mind, that’s just my opinion. If we’re talking in what I want to win, I’d have to say Silver Linings Playbook, but my prediction report was simply from what was circling around the Academy, and all things are pointing strongly to Lincoln.

    And I wasn’t comparing Pi or Django at all, I was making two separate points within the same sentence, my intent wasn’t to compare anything about them, because you’re right, they’re incredibly different.

    But you have your points. If it was a story of my favorite films and who I want to win, Zero Dark Thirty and Silver Linings Playbook would be my top two.

    Thank you for your response!

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    Nick AmoratisJan 22, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Hi there,

    I just wanted to comment or better ask you if you really saw those two movies the way you described them: “Life of Pi and Django both are amazing movies, but Pi does not have much more to offer other than a boy stranded at sea, and Django is likely too outrageous for the Academy’s taste. “?

    Especially Life Of Pi gets so deep in so many different levels of cinematic art but the most essestial part is that ‘makes’ the viewer to take it home with him to think , rethink, to discuss it, to be disturbed, and ultimately I think to realize that the way the director chose to show the movie was not because he wanted us to be just witnesses of a pretty story but because he wanted to discover ourselves what the story was all about … and be inspires, moved by and celebrate the grandeur of the human soul! How can anyone compare this with just another perfectly depicted historical movie that is so formulated and generic that offers us the true nothing.

    Sorry if i sound already defensive but its beyond me that everybody (critics, users etc) thinks Lincoln should/will win… i cant see either way. 🙂

    I hope I found an well intentioned ear as there is in this side.. thanks