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85th Annual Academy Awards Predictions

Posted by Kenneth Shinozuka on February 23, 2013 at 8:35 PM

It's that time of year again! Here are my predictions for 21 of the 24 categories (excluding Best Live Action Short, Best Animated Short, and Best Documentary Short) recognized at the 85th Annual Academy Awards, one of the most heated competitions in recent memory.




Best Picture


Winner: Argo

Possible: Lincoln, Life of Pi

Unlikely: Silver Linings Playbook, Les Misérables, Zero Dark Thirty, Amour, Django Unchained, Beasts of the Southern Wild




Best Director (VERY close race)


Winner: Ang Lee, Life of Pi

Possible: Steven Spielberg, Lincoln

Unlikely: David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook; Michael Haneke, Amour; Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild




Best Actor in a Leading Role


Winner: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

Possible: None

Unlikely: Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook; Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables; Denzel Washington, Flight; Joaquin Phoenix, The Master




Best Actress in a Leading Role


Winner: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

Possible: Emmanuelle Riva, Amour

Unlikely: Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty; Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild; Naomi Watts, The Impossible




Best Actor in a Supporting Role (VERY close race)


Winner: Robert de Niro, Silver Linings Playbook

Possible: Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln; Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Unlikely: Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master; Alan Arkin, Argo




Best Actress in a Supporting Role


Winner: Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables

Possible: None

Unlikely: Sally Field, Lincoln; Helen Hunt, The Sessions; Amy Adams, The Master; Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook




Best Original Screenplay (VERY close race)


Winner: Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty

Possible: Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

Unlikely: Michael Haneke, Amour; Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola, Moonrise Kingdom; John Gatins, Flight




Best Adapted Screenplay


Winner: Chris Terrio, Argo

Possible: Tony Kushner, Lincoln; David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook

Unlikely: Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild; David Magee, Life of Pi




Best Animated FIlm


Winner: Wreck-It Ralph

Possible: Brave

Unlikely: Frankenweenie; Paranorman; The Pirates! Band of Misfits




Best Documentary Feature


Winner: Searching for Sugar Man

Possible: None

Unlikely: The Gatekeepers; The Invisible War; How to Survive a Plague; 5 Broken Cameras




Best Foreign Feature Film


Winner: Amour, Austria

Possible: None

Unlikely: Kon-Tiki, Norway; No, Chile; A Royal Affair, Denmark; War Witch, Canada




Best Original Song


Winner: "Skyfall" from Skyfall - Music and Lyrics by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth

Possible: "Suddenly" from Les Misérables - Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil

Unlikely: "Pi's Lullaby" from Life of Pi - Music by Mychael Danna, Lyrics by Bombay Jayashiri; "Everybody Needs a Best Friend" from Ted - Music by Walter Murphy, Lyrics by Seth MacFarlane; "Before My Time" from Chasing Ice - Music and Lyrics by J. Ralph 




Best Original Score


Winner: Life of Pi, Mychael Danna

Possible: Lincoln, John Williams

Unlikely: Anna Karenina, Dario Marianelli; Skyfall, Thomas Newman; Argo, Alexandre Desplat




Best Cinematography


Winner: Life of Pi

Possible: Skyfall

Unlikely: Lincoln; Anna Karenina; Django Unchained




Best Costume Design


Winner: Anna Karenina

Possible: Les Misérables

Unlikely: Lincoln; Snow White and the Huntsman; Mirror Mirror




Best Film Editing


Winner: Argo

Possible: None

Unlikely: LincolnZero Dark Thirty; Life of Pi; Silver Linings Playbook




Best Makeup and Hairstyling


Winner: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Possible: Les Misérables

Unlikely: Hitchcock




Best Production Design


Winner: Anna Karenina

Possible: Les Misérables; Lincoln

Unlikely: Life of Pi; The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey




Best Sound Editing (VERY close race)


Winner: Skyfall

Possible: Life of PiZero Dark Thirty

Unlikely: Argo; Django Unchained




Best Sound Mixing


Winner: Les Misérables

Possible: Life of Pi

Unlikely: Skyfall; Argo; Lincoln




Best Visual Effects


Winner: Life of Pi

Possible: None

Unlikely: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey; Marvel's The Avengers; Prometheus; Snow White and the Huntsman



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1 Comment

Reply Brian Guan
12:30 AM on March 1, 2013 
Wow! These predictions are extrememly accurate! Did you watch every single movie listed here? Or did you just read the synopsis' of a few?
Especially the foreign films, it seems like quite a daunting task to watch all of them.
Congrats on successful predictions!