84th Oscar Predictions!

26 Feb

It’s that time of year again. The big night! Like I said in my last post my year begins tomorrow, when the Oscars are over and I’ve stopped looking back on the films of last year. Crazy, I know, but that’s just how much of a film lover I am. Here’s a video I put in my top ten list that I have been watching over and over. It’s great and reminds me of what a good year I’ve had. Hopefully you’ll feel the same too!


I will only be doing the major categories by the way.

Best Picture:

Should Win: The Descendants

Will Win: The Artist

The Artist is a charming and delightful film that I honestly loved as I said in my glowing review of it, but the Descendants is a far more well made and generally a stronger film. I love both but I think The Descendants deserves the coveted title of Best Picture more than The Artist. But with the DGA, PGA and BAFTA in its hands, The Artist is set to win.

Best Director:

Should Win: Alexander Payne, The Descendants

Will Win: Michel Hazanivicius, The Artist

Payne’s direction was so beautifully understated and really brought a lot to the movie. Hazanivicius thought of a cute idea and really did portray it well. I feel like I’m bashing The Artist but as my Top Ten list will show you, I loved it, I just think Payne did a far better job as a director. He really made the movie feel poignant and truly brought it to life.

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Should Win: George Clooney, The Descendants

Will Win: Jean Dujardin, The Artist

Dujardin nails the silent acting. He’s incredibly charming and brings a lot of energy to the film. But Clooney was so much more skilful as an actor and there are some incredibly moving scenes that he acts in with a lot of conviction.

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Should Win: Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn

Will Win: Viola Davis, The Help

Marilyn Monroe has never been portrayed on screen well until this wonderful movie came along. She was the movie and if her campaign was done any better she would be the frontrunner. The Help seems to have been really successful in the U.S. and Davis is very good but it is not an incredibly memorable performance. I wouldn’t be surprised if Meryl Streep takes home the statuette for The Iron Lady but I hated that film so I wouldn’t like it to win anything and it doesn’t feel like Meryl’s third Oscar yet. This performance doesn’t deserve that title at this time.

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Should Win: Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn

Will Win: Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Christopher Plummer is old. He’s won two Tonys, Two Emmys, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA. It’s about time they give him an Oscar! So I’m happy with the inevitable win. If I’m honest Branagh gave the better performance.

Best Actress in a a Supporting Role

Will Win & Should Win: Octavia Spencer, The Help

The character she played was great but her performance matched it and got the movie going. Also, if both Davis and Spencer win it will be the first time two black women win in the same year.

Best Original Screenplay

Will Win: Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen

Should Win: A Separation, Asghar Farhadi

A Separation was my favourite, along with many other people, film of the year. The screenplay is excellent and extraordinarily eloquent. But there’s a sense that Woody’s owed some gold men and this was a wonderful film.

Best Adapted Screenplay

Should Win & Will Win: The Descendants

I firmly believe that The Descendants should win in all five of the categories it’s nominated for. It’s a cracking screenplay that’s so seemingly simple but really complex beneath the surface.

Best Animated Film

Should Win: Chico and Rita

Will Win: Rango

It’s weird that Chico and Rita is nominated because it came out here in November of 2010 but it’s a fantastic film. So is Rango, which I’m predicting will win.

Best Foreign Language Film

Should Win & Will Win: A Separation

I shall say no more about this film apart from three words. Go see it.

Happy Oscars!

2 Responses to “84th Oscar Predictions!”

  1. Greg February 28, 2012 at 10:35 pm #

    Great article! I really enjoyed the way you approached your predictions and thought you made some really good choices! nice one!

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