First 2011 Oscar Predictions

I’m no expert at this, and it is still ridiculously early, but I like to play this game. And with the Venice and Telluride film festivals underway, and with Toronto starting soon, this is the perfect time to make predictions and see how they differ from the actual ones.

Note: I won’t take on the shorts, documentaries, and foreign language films since who knows what films will qualify for that. 

Best Picture

The Artist

The Descendants

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

The Help

The Ides of March

J. Edgar

Midnight in Paris

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

War Horse

Best Director

Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Clint Eastwood, J. Edgar

Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life

Steven Spielberg, War Horse

Best Actor

George Clooney, The Descendants

Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar

Jean DuJardin, The Artist

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 50/50

Gary Oldman, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Best Actress

Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs

Viola Davis, The Help

Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin

Charlize Theron, Young Adult

Best Supporting Actor

Keneth Branagh, My Week With Marylin

Albert Brooks, Drive

Nick Nolte, Warrior

Patton Oswald, Young Adult

Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Best Supporting Actress

Sandra Bullock, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Jessica Chastain, The Help

Keira Knightley, A Dangerous Method

Vanessa Redgrave, Coriolanus

Octavia Spencer, The Help

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Descendants

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

The Help

The Ides of March

War Horse

Best Original Screenplay

The Artist

J. Edgar

Like Crazy

Midnight in Paris

Young Adult

Best Art Direction

The Artist

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part 2

Hugo

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

War Horse

Best Cinematography

The Artist

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part 2

J. Edgar

The Tree of Life

War Horse

Best Costume Design

The Artist

The Help

Hugo

Jane Eyre

W.E.

Best Editing

The Artist

J. Edgar

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

War Horse

Best Makeup

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Green Lantern

The Iron Lady

Best Original Score

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, John Williams

The Artist, Ludovic Bource

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross

Hanna, The Chemical Brothers

War Horse, John Williams

Best Original Song

Don’t quite know the contenders here yet, so I’ll just spitball some stuff and have no song titles for some.

“The Backson Song” from Winnie the Pooh

a song from  from The Muppets

“The Living Proof” from The Help

The Keeper from Machine Gun Preacher

“So Long” from Winnie the Pooh

Best Sound Editing

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn

Cars 2

Rango

Super 8

War Horse

Best Sound Mixing

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn

Rango

Super 8

Transformer: Dark of the Moon

War Horse

Best Visual Effects

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicort

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part 2

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

The Tree of Life

Best Animated Feature

Happy Feet 2

Rango

Rio

Winnie the Pooh

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