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Feb. 25, 2012 | 8:59 PM

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Oscar predictions

The Oscars are happening tomorrow night and all eyes will be on Hollywood.  For anyone who loves film history, this year has been one to savor.  THE ARTIST was wonderful and everything I could ever want in a film.  While there has been some backlash with detractors saying it is too light and fluffy, the film has undeniable charm and was clearly made as a love letter to old Hollywood.  Based on the months of pre-show awards results THE ARTIST is poised to win Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director.  I also loved HUGO and would be thrilled if that were to win Best Picture of any other awards for that matter.  My hope is that the general public will see these films and develop an interest in learning more.  We are very fortunate to live a time when there are a ton of silent movies on DVD including a Melies box set.  It is easy and accessible to find.  TCM also shows silent films, often on Sunday nights.  While the winners may be predicable, I still enjoy watching the show and have made it a tradition since childhood.  Below are my pics and predictions for the Oscars:

The 84th Annual Academy Awards

Actor in a Leading Role

  * Demián Bichir in “A Better Life”
  * George Clooney in “The Descendants”
    * Jean Dujardin in “The Artist”
  * Gary Oldman in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”
  * Brad Pitt in “Moneyball”

Actor in a Supporting Role

  * Kenneth Branagh in “My Week with Marilyn”
  * Jonah Hill in “Moneyball”
  * Nick Nolte in “Warrior”
    * Christopher Plummer in “Beginners”
  * Max von Sydow in “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”

Actress in a Leading Role

  * Glenn Close in “Albert Nobbs”
  * Viola Davis in “The Help”
  * Rooney Mara in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
  * Meryl Streep in “The Iron Lady”
  * Michelle Williams in “My Week with Marilyn”

Actress in a Supporting Role

  * Bérénice Bejo in “The Artist”
  * Jessica Chastain in “The Help”
  * Melissa McCarthy in “Bridesmaids”
  * Janet McTeer in “Albert Nobbs”
    * Octavia Spencer in “The Help”

Animated Feature Film

  * “A Cat in Paris” Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli
  * “Chico & Rita” Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal
  * “Kung Fu Panda 2” Jennifer Yuh Nelson
  * “Puss in Boots” Chris Miller
  * “Rango” Gore Verbinski

Art Direction

  * “The Artist”
    Production Design: Laurence Bennett; Set Decoration: Robert Gould
  * “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”
    Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
  * “Hugo”
    Production Design: Dante Ferretti; Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo

  * “Midnight in Paris”
    Production Design: Anne Seibel; Set Decoration: Hélène Dubreuil
  * “War Horse”
    Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Lee Sandales


  * “The Artist” Guillaume Schiffman
  * “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Jeff Cronenweth
  * “Hugo” Robert Richardson
  * “The Tree of Life” Emmanuel Lubezki
  * “War Horse” Janusz Kaminski

Costume Design

  * “Anonymous” Lisy Christl
  * “The Artist” Mark Bridges
  * “Hugo” Sandy Powell
  * “Jane Eyre” Michael O’Connor
  * “W.E.” Arianne Phillips


  * “The Artist” Michel Hazanavicius
  * “The Descendants” Alexander Payne
  * “Hugo” Martin Scorsese
  * “Midnight in Paris” Woody Allen
  * “The Tree of Life” Terrence Malick

Documentary (Feature)

  * “Hell and Back Again”
    Danfung Dennis and Mike Lerner
  * “If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front”
    Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman
  * “Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory”
    Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky
    * “Pina”
    Wim Wenders and Gian-Piero Ringel
  * “Undefeated”
    TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay and Rich Middlemas

Documentary (Short Subject)

    * “The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement”
    Robin Fryday and Gail Dolgin
  * “God Is the Bigger Elvis”
    Rebecca Cammisa and Julie Anderson
  * “Incident in New Baghdad”
    James Spione
  * “Saving Face”
    Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
  * “The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom”
    Lucy Walker and Kira Carstensen

Film Editing

    * “The Artist” Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius
  * “The Descendants” Kevin Tent
  * “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
  * “Hugo” Thelma Schoonmaker
  * “Moneyball” Christopher Tellefsen

Foreign Language Film

  * “Bullhead” Belgium
  * “Footnote” Israel
  * “In Darkness” Poland
  * “Monsieur Lazhar” Canada
  * “A Separation” Iran


  * “Albert Nobbs”
    Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnston and Matthew W. Mungle
  * “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”
    Nick Dudman, Amanda Knight and Lisa Tomblin
  * “The Iron Lady”
    Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland

Music (Original Score)

  * “The Adventures of Tintin” John Williams
  * “The Artist” Ludovic Bource
  * “Hugo” Howard Shore
  * “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” Alberto Iglesias
  * “War Horse” John Williams

Music (Original Song)

  * “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

Best Picture

    * “The Artist” Thomas Langmann, Producer
  * “The Descendants” Jim Burke, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Producers
  * “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” Scott Rudin, Producer
  * “The Help” Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan, Producers
  * “Hugo” Graham King and Martin Scorsese, Producers
  * “Midnight in Paris” Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum, Producers
  * “Moneyball” Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz and Brad Pitt, Producers
  * “The Tree of Life” Sarah Green, Bill Pohlad, Dede Gardner and Grant Hill, Producers
  * “War Horse” Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers

Short Film (Animated)

  * “Dimanche/Sunday” Patrick Doyon
  * “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg
  * “La Luna” Enrico Casarosa
    * “A Morning Stroll” Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe
  * “Wild Life” Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby

Short Film (Live Action)

  * “Pentecost” Peter McDonald and Eimear O’Kane
  * “Raju” Max Zähle and Stefan Gieren
    * “The Shore” Terry George and Oorlagh George
  * “Time Freak” Andrew Bowler and Gigi Causey
  * “Tuba Atlantic” Hallvar Witzø

Sound Editing

    * “Drive” Lon Bender and Victor Ray Ennis
  * “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Ren Klyce
  * “Hugo” Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty
  * “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl
  * “War Horse” Richard Hymns and Gary Rydstrom

Sound Mixing

  * “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
    David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Bo Persson
  * “Hugo”
    Tom Fleischman and John Midgley
  * “Moneyball”
    Deb Adair, Ron Bochar, David Giammarco and Ed Novick
  * “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”
    Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Peter J. Devlin
  * “War Horse”
    Gary Rydstrom, Andy Nelson, Tom Johnson and Stuart Wilson

Visual Effects

  * “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”
    Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler and John Richardson
  * “Hugo”
    Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossmann and Alex Henning
  * “Real Steel”
    Erik Nash, John Rosengrant, Dan Taylor and Swen Gillberg
  * “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”
    Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White and Daniel Barrett
  * “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”
    Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Matthew Butler and John Frazier

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

  * “The Descendants” Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
  * “Hugo” Screenplay by John Logan
  * “The Ides of March” Screenplay by George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon
  * “Moneyball” Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin; Story by Stan Chervin
  * “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” Screenplay by Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan

Writing (Original Screenplay)

  * “The Artist” Written by Michel Hazanavicius
  * “Bridesmaids” Written by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig
  * “Margin Call” Written by J.C. Chandor
    * “Midnight in Paris” Written by Woody Allen
  * “A Separation” Written by Asghar Farhadi

First Comment:

  1. Steve Martin, Jack Black, Owen Wilson, Brian Dennehy, Rashida Jones, Rosamund Pike, Dianne Wiest, Anjelica Huston, Jim Parsons, Anthony Anderson, Tim Blake Nelson, Kevin Pollak.From the cast alone, ‘The Big Year’ looks like it will make a billion dolalrs.It is unfortunate that ‘Chalet Girl’, ‘Father of Invention’, ‘Texas Killing Fields’ and ‘Trespass’ are only getting a limited release. They all have interesting casts (‘Chalet Girl’ – Ed Westwick, Felicity Jones, Tamsin Egerton, Sophia Bush, Brooke Shields, Bill Nighy) (‘Father of Invention’ - Kevin Spacey, Heather Graham, Johnny Knoxville, Virginia Madsen) (‘Texas Killing Fields’ - Sam Worthington, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jessica Chastain) (‘Trespass’ - Nicolas Cage, Nicole Kidman, Cam Gigandet). It would have been interesting to see how they would have done commercially if released nationwide and they deserve better than to go unnoticed by the public when they come out.

    Posted by Kevin on 01/06 at 07:49 AM