The nominees: The Artist, The Descendants, Extremely
Loud & Incredibly Close, The Help, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The
Tree of Life, War Horse
Will win: The Artist
It’s a foregone conclusion. Anything else
winning would equal an upset of seismic proportions.
Should win: The Tree of Life
Along with The Artist, it’s the only film
that truly distinguishes itself from the rest of the field. Grand, ambitious,
heartbreakingly gorgeous – the academy hasn’t had the pleasure of a film of
this stature in a long time.
BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
The nominees: Glenn Close - Albert Nobbs, Viola Davis - The Help, Rooney
Mara - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Meryl Streep - The Iron Lady, Michelle
Williams - My Week with Marilyn
Will win: Viola Davis
She made audiences ugly-cry as the discriminated against maid Aibileen. Even
Meryl Streep would happily give the award to Viola.
Should win: Meryl Streep
The Academy loves Meryl, of course, who doesn’t?
But it looks as if we’ll have to wait at least another year for them to make up
for choosing Sandra Bullock over her in 2010. Michelle Williams' day will
surely come soon too.
BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
The nominees: Demián Bichir - A Better Life,
George Clooney - The Descendants, Jean Dujardin - The Artist, Gary Oldman - Tinker
Tailor Soldier Spy, Brad Pitt - Moneyball
Will win: Jean Dujardin
Should win: Gary Oldman
Amazingly, this is the veteran Brit actor’s
very first Oscar nomination.
BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
The nominees: Bérénice Bejo - The Artist, Jessica
Chastain - The Help, Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids, Janet McTeer - Albert
Nobbs, Octavia Spencer The Help
Will win: Octavia Spencer
Should win: Octavia Spencer
The other nominees will just have to live
with the honour of being nominated this time around.
BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
The nominees: Kenneth Branagh - My Week
with Marilyn, Jonah Hill – Moneyball, Nick Nolte – Warrior, Christopher Plummer
– Beginners, Max von Sydow - Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Will win: Jonah Hill…
I kid! This is Christopher Plummer’s first
Oscar to lose. Nobody knows what Jonah Hill is doing amongst this esteemed
Should win: Nick Nolte
Tough favourite to pick, but I’ll go with
my sentimental favourite. His performance as a recovering alcoholic battling to
reunite with his UFC fighter sons was devastating. Great to see he got a nod!
BEST DIRECTORThe nominees:
Michel Hazanavicius - The
Artist, Alexander Payne - The Descendants, Martin Scorsese – Hugo, Woody Allen -
Midnight in Paris, Terrence Malick - The
Tree of Life
Will win: Michel Hazanavicius
Should win: Terrence Malick
The Academy hardly strays too far off the
reservation in terms of awarding Best Director to their Best Picture winner as
well. It makes sense, but usually kills the suspense rather early on in the
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
The nominees: Woody Allen - Midnight in Paris, JC Chandor - Margin Call, Asghar Farhadi - A Separation, Michel Hazanavicius - The Artist, Kristen Wiig & Annie Mumulo - Bridesmaids
Will win: Woody Allen
Should win: Woody Allen
Allen had this one sewn up in Cannes back in May and it's been interesting to see how the film has just picked up speed since then.
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
The nominees: George Clooney, Beau Willimon & Grant Heslov - The Ides of March, Nat Faxon, Alexander Payne & Jim Rash - The Descendants, John Logan - Hugo, Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan - Tinker, Tailor Soldier Spy, Aaron Sorkin, Steven Zaillian & Stan Chervin - Moneyball
Will win: The Descendants
Should win: Moneyball
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
The nominees: A Cat in Paris, Chico &
Rita, Kung Fu Panda 2, Puss in Boots, Rango
Will win: Rango
Should win: Rango
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
The nominees: Bullhead – Belgium, Footnote –
Israel, In Darkness – Poland, Monsieur Lazhar – Canada, A Separation - Iran
Will win: A Separation
Should win: A Separation
It’s the only movie anyone’s talking about.
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
The nominees: John Williams - The
Adventures of Tintin, Ludovic Bource - The Artist, Howard Shore – Hugo, Alberto
Iglesias - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, John Williams - War Horse
Will win: Ludovic Bource
Should win: Howard Shore
John Williams is likely to split the votes to
himself and make way for the more fancied Bource take the honours.BEST ORIGINAL SONG
The nominees: Man or Muppet from The
Muppets Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie, Real in Rio from Rio Music by Sergio
Mendes and Carlinhos Brown Lyric by Siedah Garrett
Will win: Bret McKenzie
Should win: Bret McKenzie
Yep, just the two nominees because the
Academy would like you to know that they have standards now. Though how awesome would it be to see one half of the Flight of the Conchords win an Oscar?
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