Oscars 2011: Final Predictions

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Herein lie my final Oscar predictions. For the Best Picture, Best Director, and Acting categories I’ve added some alternates. The rest, well, we’ll just see what happens.

Hugo should lead the pack with about 12 nominations as it is, for my money, the best Hollywood production of the year. It might get more if the actor’s branch decides to embrace Ben Kingsley’s performance. It should be f0llowed closely by The Artist with about 11 nominations. The other front runners, The Descendants and The Help, should get five and six respectively, which is nothing to scoff at.

I’ve omitted the Short, Docmentary, and Foreign Film categories because I don’t know enough about the films in contention. And you may notice that in a few categories I’ve listed some that have nearly no shot at getting in, yet I decided to leave them in because I just love those so much.

Anyways, here are my predictions:

Best Picture

The Artist

The Descendants

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

The Help

Hugo

Midnight in Paris

Moneyball

War Horse

Alternate: The Tree of Life

Best Director

Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Alexander Payne, The Descendants

Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life

Martin Scorsese, Hugo

Alternate: David Fincher, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Best Actor

George Clooney, The Descendants

Jean DuJardin, The Artist

Michael Fassbender, Shame

Gary Oldman, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Alternate: Michael Shannon, Take Shelter

Best Actress

Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs

Viola Davis, The Help

Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin

Michelle Williams, My Week With Marylin

Alternate: Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Best Supporting Actor

Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marylin

Albert Brooks, Drive

Jonah Hill, Moneyball

Nick Nolte, Warrior

Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Alternate: Max Von Sydow, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Best Supporting Actress

Berenice Bejo, The Artist

Jessica Chastain, The Help

Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids

Octavia Spencer, The Help

Shailene Woodley, The Descendants

Alternate: Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Descendants

The Help

Hugo

Moneyball

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Best Original Screenplay

The Artist

Bridesmaids

50/50

Midnight in Paris

Win Win

Best Art Direction

The Artist

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part 2

Hugo

Jane Eyre

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Best Cinematography

The Artist

Hugo

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

The Tree of Life

War Horse

Best Costume Design

Anonymous

The Artist

The Help

Hugo

Jane Eyre

Best Editing

The Artist

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Hugo

Moneyball

War Horse

Best Makeup

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part 2

Hugo

The Iron Lady

Best Original Score

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

The Artist, Ludovic Bource

Hugo, Howard Shore

Hanna, The Chemical Brothers

War Horse, John Williams

Best Original Song

Lay Your Head Down from Albert Nobbs

Life’s a Happy Song from The Muppets

The Living Proof from The Help

Man or Muppet from The Muppets

So Long from Winnie the Pooh

Best Sound Editing

Cars 2

Hugo

Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol

Rango

Super 8

Best Sound Mixing

The Artist

Hugo

Rango

Super 8

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Best Visual Effects

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part 2

Hugo

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

The Tree of Life

Best Animated Feature

The Adventures of Tintin

Chico & Rita

Puss in Boots

Rango

Winnie the Pooh


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