We now know who is up for each and every Oscar this year so it seems time to make another set of predictions as we stand right now. There are still times for the Director’s and Actor’s Guilds to come in and shake some things up, but we’re at a much more clear point than when I made my way too early predictions back in December. So here’s my updated picks:
Best Visual Effects: Rise of the Planet of the Apes
This one is secure, the performance capture technology is without a doubt the best example of visual effects in film this year. No contest.
Best Sound Mixing: Transformers: Dark of the Moon
I’m sticking with the idea that action films have an edge in this field, although War Horse could be a threat here since it is set during World War I.
Best Sound Editing: Drive
Drive got snubbed with only one nomination, so a lot of this is bias that it gets recognized, but it’s not without merit as the sound in this film is excellent, it’s an action film to after all.
Best Make-Up: The Iron Lady
The Academy loves when characters age dramatically when it comes to make-up, best indication is La Vi En Rose winning her a few years back.
Best Costume Design: Hugo
Best Art Direction: Hugo
Sticking with Hugo here, it got the most nominations so it clearly has a lot of support in the Academy, and it is without doubt one of the best examples of these crafts this year.
Best Original Song: “Man or Muppet” – The Muppets
I’ve already made my anger with this category clear, The Muppets better take this one.
Best Original Score: The Artist
And so The Artist’s dominance begins, it’s been the clear front runner for some time now, and no other film has really done anything to change that. Even despite Kim Novak’s objections, the score has been a consistent receiver of awards.
Best Film Editing: The Artist
There isn’t another film this year whose editing is so spectacular that I can see it knocking this category of The Artist’s final tally.
Best Cinematography: The Tree of Life
This should be the easiest category to call this year, Tree of Life is stunning visual after stunning visual. It would be the biggest miscue of the night if Emmanuel Lubezki.
Best Foreign Language Film: A Separation (Iran)
It got a rare second nomination for a foreign film in Best Original Screenplay, so it seems that the voters know this not just the best foreign film but one of the great films of the year throughout the world.
Best Animated Film: Rango
With Adventures of Tin Tin not making the cut the path clears for Rango.
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Descendants
The Descendants has been the top dog in this category for all of the major awards so far, got to stick with it.
Best Original Screenplay: The Artist
Thought Midnight in Paris may be able to get some love, but The Artist I think will end up being just to strong for it not to come out on top.
Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer – The Help
She’s been the frontrunner all along and hasn’t showed any weakness thus far so expect to see her take the stage at the Kodak come February.
Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer – Beginners
Everyone else is sadly just an also ran.
Best Actress: Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady
This one is still a toss-up between Streep and Davis, with Michelle Williams lurking in the background, but in my opinion with an outside shot at best. SAG will give us the final inkling, but I’m going with Streep right now.
Best Actor: George Clooney – The Descendants
Clooney has been the man in this category and I expect that trend to continue, everybody loves him and this is considered his definitive performance as an actor to date.
Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist
The man behind the lens of this years front-runner will ride the coattails of it to the podium. I’m not saying he isn’t entirely deserving, because he is without a doubt, pulling off an incredibly difficult task with a remarkable film. However, Scorsese lurks in the background as the threat to surprise like he did at the Golden Globes.
Best Picture: The Artist
If you didn’t think I was going with the Artist at this point I don’t know what you were reading. I think the fact that there were nine nominees in the Best Picture category show that there isn’t a lot of films that have absolute support in the industry, but this The Artist has been the consistent film all year long, it’s gonna win.
Who are your picks now that we now who’s competing. Let me know in the comments below.