Handicapping the Oscar nominations

Posted on 09 Jan 2013 at 9:34am

The Oscar noms come early this year, and once again as many as 10 films may be up for best picture. But which ones? And how many?

Here I have a handicapping, in descending order, of the most likely nominees in all the categories. After the nominations come out Thursday morning, check to see how well we (and you) did. My picks are below.

PICTURE                       

Lincoln

Zero Dark Thirty

Life of Pi

Django Unchained, pictured

Argo

Silver Linings Playbook

Les Miserables

Moonrise Kingdom

Skyfall

The Master

Amour

Beasts of the Southern Wild

 

DIRECTING 

Steven Spielberg, Lincoln

Kathryn Bigelow, Zero

Ang Lee, Pi

Ben Affleck, Argo

Quentin Tarantino, Django

Tom Hooper, Les Miz

Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master

David O. Russell, SLP

Sam Mendes, Skyfall

Michael Haneke, Amour

 

ACTOR 

Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

Hugh Jackman, Les Miz, pictured

Denzel Washington, Flight

John Hawkes, The Sessions

Jack Black, Bernie

Bradley Cooper, SLP

Bill Murray, Hyde Park on Hudson

Joaquin Phoenix, The Master

Richard Gere, Arbitrage

Ben Affleck, Argo

 

ACTRESS

Jessica Chastain, Zero

Jennifer Lawrence, SLP

Helen Mirren, Hitchcock

Rachel Weisz, Deep Blue Sea

Emmanuel Riva, Amour

Quvanzhane’ Wallis, Beasts

Naomi Watts, The Impossible

Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone

Meryl Streep, Hope Springs

Judi Dench, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

 

SUPPORTING ACTOR

Christoph Waltz, Django

Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln

Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master

Javier Bardem, Skyfall, pictured

Matthew McConaughey, Magic Mike

Alan Arkin, Argo

Ewan MacGregor, The Impossible

Leonardo DiCaprio, Django

Robert DeNiro, SLP

Bruce Willis, Moonrise

 

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Anne Hathaway, Les Miz

Sally Field, Lincoln

Amy Adams, The Master

Helen Hunt, The Sessions

Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy

Ann Dowd, Compliance

Maggie Smith, Marigold Hotel

Judi Dench, Skyfall

 

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Zero

Looper

Moonrise

Django

Master

Flight

Beasts

Amour

Seven Psychopaths

Flight

 

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Lincoln, pictured, written by Tony Kushner

Argo

SLP

Pi

Beasts

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Les Miz

Bernie

On the Road

The Sessions

 

CINEMATOGRAPHY 

Lincoln

Pi

Skyfall

Les Miz

Django

Zero

Dark Knight Rises

Cloud Atlas

The Impossible

The Master

 

FILM EDITING

Lincoln

Life of Pi

Zero

Argo

Dark Knight Rises

Skyfall

Master

Les Miz

Django

Cloud Atlas

 

ART DIRECTION

Les Miz

Anna Karenina, pictured

Lincoln

The Hobbit

Life of Pi

Cloud Atlas

The Master

Django

Dark Knight Rises

Prometheus

 

COSTUMES 

Les Miz

Anna Karenina

Lincoln

Hobbit

Snow White

The Master

Django

Cloud Atlas

Argo

Hyde Park on Hudson

 

SCORE

Lincoln

Brave

Skyfall

The Hobbit

Dark Knight Rises

Life of Pi

Zero

Anna Karenina

Cloud Atlas

Argo

 

SONG

“Skyfall,” Skyfall (written and sung by Adele, pictured)

“Learn Me Right,” Brave

“Suddenly,” Les Miz

“Breath of Life,” Snow White

“Still Alive,” Paul Williams: Still Alive

“From Here to the Moon and Back,” Joyful Noise

“Ancora Qui,” Django

 

SOUND MIXING 

Skyfall

Dark Knight

Zero

Les Miz

Pi

Avengers

Django

Hobbit

Impossible

Cloud Atlas

 

SOUND EDITING 

Skyfall

Dark Knight

Zero

Les Miz

Pi

Avengers

Django

Impossible

Cloud Atlas

Prometheus

 

VISUAL EFFECTS

The Dark Knight Rises

John Carter

Cloud Atlas

The Avengers

Life of Pi

Prometheus

Skyfall

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Amazing Spider-Man

Snow White and the Huntsman

 

MAKEUP 

The Hobbit, pictured

Lincoln

Hitchcock

Snow White

MIB:3

Les Miz

Looper

 

ANIMATED FEATURE 

Brave

Wreck-It Ralph

ParaNorman

Frankenweenie

Rise of the Guardians

Ice Age: Continental Drift

The Painting

Hotel Transylvania

The Lorax

Madagascar 3

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Amour (Austria)

The Intouchables (France)

War Witch (Canada)

A Royal Affair (Denmark)

Sister (Switzerland)

No (Chile)

Kon-Tiki (Norway)

The Deep (Iceland)

Beyond the Hills (Romania)

Our Children (Belgium)

 

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Searching for Sugar Man

How to Survive a Plague

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Bully

Mea Maxima Culpa

The Gatekeepers

The Waiting Room

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