January 10, 2013

My Predictions for Oscar Nominations in Top Categories

Academy Award Nominations will be announced at 5 a.m. PT tomorrow (Thursday) by current "it" girl Emma Stone and Seth MacFarlane -- yes, the name probably sounds familiar.  Yes, the Academy has really been playing up how this is the first time since Charlton Heston hosted that the telecast's host will be announcing nominations.  As an Entertainment PR veteran here let me tell you this -- they are making such a big deal about Seth reading nominations because they've realized his name has absolutely no mainstream consumer recognition at all -- yes, they may know "Family Guy" and I'm sure everyone's heard of the humping, potty-mouthed teddy bear named "Ted" -- but as far as being able to sell the telecast on his name alone -- I'm sayin' no way, baby.

Anywho, my predictions are:

Best Picture (New Academy rules make this one the weirdest because there could be anywhere from 5 nominees to a total of 10 based on how the votes come in throughout the various rounds of voting):

Les Miserables
Zero Dark Thirty
Life of Pi
Django Unchained
The Master

There could be two others just for shock value which would be Silverlinings Playbook and probably Skyfall

Best Actor
Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables)
Stephen Hawkes (The Sessions)
Joquin Phoenix (The Master)
Bradley Cooper (Silverlinings Playbook)
*Spoiler:  Denzel Washington (Flight)

Best Actress
Jessica Chastain ("Zero Dark Thirty")
Marion Cotillard ("Rust and Bone")
Jennifer Lawrence ("Silver Linings Playbook")
Naomi Watts ("The Impossible")
Quvenzhane Wallis ("Beasts of the Southern Wild")
*Spoiler:  Helen Mirren (Hitchcock)

Best Supporting Actor
Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln)
Philip Seymor Hoffman (The Master)
Alan Arkin (Argo)
Robert DeNiro (Silverlinings Playbook)
Christopher Waltz (Django Unchained)
*Spoiler:  Samuel L. Jackson (Django Unchained); Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables)

Best Supporting Actress
Salli Field (Lincoln)
Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables)
Amy Adams (The Master)
Helen Hunt (The Sessions)
Nicole Kidman (The Paperboy)
*Spoiler: Ann Dowd (Compliance)

Best Director
Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark 30)
Steven Spielberg (Lincoln)
Ben Affleck (Argo)
Ang Lee (Life of Pi)
David O Russell (Silverlingings Playbook)
*Spoiler:  Tom Hooper (Les Miserables)