The official Oscar countdown has begun, as the 84th Annual Academy Awards comes to us in less than a week, next Sunday (2/26). All this week, I’ll be ramping up my Oscar coverage as we take a look at all of the categories, leading up to my picks and predictions for Best Picture and Best Director.
If you are in an Oscar Pool, should you take my advice? It’s your call…last year I correctly predicted only 15 of the 24 categories. In predicting the major acting awards, I went 2 for 2.
- Demian Bichir – A Better Life
- George Clooney – The Descendants
- Jean Dujardin – The Artist
- Gary Oldman – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
- Brad Pitt – Moneyball
And the Oscar Goes To…George Clooney – The Descendants. What a tough year, where the Academy got it right yet will end up getting it so wrong. What do I mean? Well, look for George Clooney to take the Oscar this year in a very tight race with Jean Dujardin. Not that Clooney isn’t deserving, both him and Dujardin are. But it really should be Demian Bichir who hoists up the Oscar trophy. The Academy got it right by nominating his incredible yet scarcely seen performance, but now he is considered the longshot, even behind Gary Oldman, a brilliant actor but just not in this nominated role. But Bichir winning would be the grandest of upsets the Academy Awards has ever seen. With Dujardin recently winning the SAG Award for Best Actor, he really becomes the front-runner. But I just have a feeling that it will be George Clooney on stage accepting the award. I could be very wrong.
- Viola Davis – The Help
- Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady
- Michelle Williams – My Week With Marilyn
- Glenn Close – Albert Nobbs
- Rooney Mara – The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
And the Oscar Goes To…Viola Davis– The Help. Another incredibly close category to call, it is another bittersweet one for me and my favorite, Michelle Williams. I thought that Michelle had deserved to win last year for her raw performance in Blue Valentine. Usually, when you follow up an Academy Award nominated performance with an even better one, you are rewarded with a win. What a year to then have to go up against Viola Davis and Meryl Streep, the two real front-runners in this category. Streep was impressive as always, but the film was not received well, which definitely hurt her momentum. All signs point to Viola Davis, who was absolutely riveting in The Help, in a performance surely worthy of winning. If it has to be anybody but Michelle Williams, I hope it’s Viola…but Williams winning would be the cherry on top of the entire night.
Next up is my final round of predictions, for Best Documentary, Director, and Picture. It all leads up to Oscar Night, Sunday February 26th.
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