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Another Oscar show is upon us and after a lot of screening over the nomination I finally have a finalized list of my picks for this year.

Best Director
Woody Allen – Midnight in Paris
Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist
Terrence Malick – The Tree of Life
Alexander Payne – The Descendants
Martin Scorsese – Hugo

Who I want: Martin Scorsese

Who will win: Michel Hazanavicius

I don’t not think Hazanavicius should win but my personal pick has to be Scorsese. In Hugo, he wove 3D as well as just exceptional directing but the Academy will award Hazanavicius for a great job on The Artist. Well deserved.

Best Actor 
Demian Bichir – A Better Life 
George Clooney – The Descendants 
Jean Dujardin – The Artist 
Gary Oldman – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 
Brad Pitt – Moneyball

Who I want to win: Jean Dujardin

Who will win: Jean Dujardin

Dujardin was absolutely fantastic in The Artist and while this category is filled with a lot of great candidates who deserve recognition for their great work, I think Dujardin stands just a little above them. He immersed us in George Valentin and created such the experience that The Artist was.

Best Actress 
Glenn Close – Albert Nobbs 
Viola Davis – The Help 
Rooney Mara – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 
Meryl Streep The Iron Lady 
Michelle WilliamsMy Week with Marilyn

Who I want to win: Viola Davis

Who will win: Viola Davis

While The Help certainly wasn’t the best movie of the year it did have two of the best performances of the year and Davis was one of them. She was the cornerstone of this movie and was at her best. Meryl Streep should give her some competition but I’m sorry she didn’t impact in her movie enough to make it up to the level of The Help.

Best Supporting Actor 
Kenneth Branagh – My Week with Marilyn 
Jonah HillMoneyball 
Nick NolteWarrior 
Christopher PlummerBeginners 
Max von SydowExtremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Who I want to win: Jonah Hill

Who will win: Christopher Plummer


I didn’t get a chance to see Beginners so I’m not as crazy about Plummer’s performance as most people are. I know it has been going through awards shows though and winning easily so it is a very safe pick for the Oscars. I like Jonah Hill though because he does not get enough credit for Moneyball, he was just as good as Brad Pitt and really should get some recognition for being such a great character in the movie.

Best Supporting Actress 
Berenice Bejo – The Artist 
Jessica ChastainThe Help 
Melissa McCarthyBridesmaids 
Janet McTeerAlbert Nobbs 
Octavia SpencerThe Help

Who I want to win: Berenice Bejo

Who will win: Octavia Spencer

I personally loved Berenice Bejo and I’m not ashamed to say that I may now have a crush on her after The Artist but personal love aside as great and charming as she was she wasn’t nearly as great as Spencer was. She, like Viola Davis, made The Help a Best Picture nominee and she deserves this recognition.

Best Animated Feature 
A Cat in Paris 
Chico & Rita 
Kung Fu Panda 2 
Puss in Boots 
Rango

Who I want to win: THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN!!! WHY?!?!?!?!?

Who will win: Rango

Nothing against Rango but seriously Academy? Seriously? KUNG FU PANDA?!?!?!?! 2?!?! That’s just disgusting and shameful. Rango should take this one easily. Psh Puss in Boots.

Best Film Editing 
The Artist 
The Descendants 
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 
Hugo 
Moneyball

Who I want to win: Hugo

Who will win: Hugo

I think The Artist gives Hugo a run for its money but the Scorsese-led film deserves at least this. The editing in this film can be either beautiful and fast-paced or classical and elegant. But this could be a stepping stone for The Artist grabbing Best Picture if it grabs this.

Best Adapted Screenplay 
The Descendants 
Hugo 
The Ides of March 
Moneyball 
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Who I want to win: Moneyball

Who will win: The Descendants

I love both these movies and while both scripts are amazing in their own ways, I personally fall towards Moneyball. The script is just so different than any sports movie and plays as a genius money movie rather than a root for the hero sports movie. The Descendants is still amazing as well and deserves this award just as much as Moneyball. I would be good with either.

Best Original Screenplay 
The Artist 
Bridesmaids 
Margin Call 
Midnight in Paris 
A Separation

Who I want to win: Midnight in Paris

Who will win: Midnight in Paris


I absolutely positively love this movie and this script and it better win! Woody Allen gave us easily one of the most charming scripts in awhile. I can see The Artist some how jumping in and winning but that would greatly upset me and that’s really all that matters!

Best Original Score 
The Adventures of Tintin 
The Artist 
Hugo 
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 
War Horse

Who I want to win: The Artist

Who will win: The Artist

This movie isn’t as good as it was without this score. I still love the rest of the scores as well but they aren’t as dependent on the movie as well as perfect as this one.

Best Art Direction 
The Artist 
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 
Hugo 
Midnight in Paris 
War Horse

Who I want to win: Hugo

Who will win: Hugo

Best Cinematography 
The Artist 
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 
Hugo 
The Tree of Life 
War Horse

Who I want to win: The Tree of Life

Who will win: The Tree of Life

Best Costume Design 
Anonymous 
The Artist 
Hugo 
Jane Eyre 
W.E.

Who I want to win: Hugo

Who will win: Jane Eyre

Best Documentary 
Hell and Back Again 
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front 
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory 
Pina 
Undefeated

Who will win: Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

Best Documentary Short 
The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement 
God Is the Bigger Elvis 
Incident is New Baghdad 
Saving Face 
The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom

Who will win: Saving Face

Best Foreign Language Film 
Bullhead 
Footnote 
In Darkness 
Monsieur Lazhar 
A Separation

Who will win: A Seperation

Best Make-up 
Albert Nobbs 
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 
The Iron Lady

Who will win: The Iron Lady

Best Original Song 
The Muppets – “Man or Muppet” 
Rio – “Real in Rio”

Who will win: The Muppets (they better…)

Best Animated Short Film 
Dimanche/Sunday 
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore 
La Luna 
A Morning Stroll 
Wild Life


Who will win: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore


A little note I saw this the other day. Please watch it, it’s 15 minutes long ans easily one of the most beautiful and heart-warming things I’ve seen in awhile. Here’s the link.


Best Live Action Short Film 
Pentecost 
Raju 
The Shore 
Time Freak 
Tuba Atlantic

Who will win: The Shore

Best Sound Editing 
Drive 
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 
Hugo 
Transformers: Dark of the Moon 
War Horse

Who will win: Hugo

Best Sound Mixing 
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 
Hugo 
Moneyball 
Transformers: Dark of the Moon 
War Horse

Who will win: Hugo

Best Visual Effects 
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 
Hugo 
Real Steel 
Rise of the Planet of the Apes 
Transformers: Dark of the Moon 

Who will win: Rise of the Planet of the Apes





Best Picture 
The Artist 
The Descendants 
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 
The Help 
Hugo 
Midnight in Paris 
Moneyball 
The Tree of Life 
War Horse 

Who I want to win:The Tree of Life

Who will win: The Artist


I put The Tree of Life as the best movie of the year and I stick to that. It was visually incredible and dramatically breath-taking and deserves more praise than it is getting from the Academy. But there is no denying that The Artist is incredible and is one of a kind. It was a perfect homage to early filmmaking and everyone involved was at the top of their game. It is the film that most deserves it and should take home the award.


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