First 2012 Oscar Predictions!

With the three main Fall film festivals overwith, I thought it would be a good time to start playing the Oscar game with some very early nominee predictions. At this point I’m sure I’ll only get three right for Best Picture, but whatever since in the end the Oscars are nothing but a fun distraction.

Also, I think I’m giving AMPAS too much credit for a certain pick in the Best Actress category, but I can dream, right?

Best Picture

Amour

Anna Karenina

Argo

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Lincoln

The Master

Les Misérables

Silver Linings Playbook

Best Director

Michael Haneke, Amour

Ben Affleck, Argo

Steven Spielberg, Lincoln

Tom Hooper, Les Miserables

Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master

Best Actor

Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook

Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

John Hawks, The Sessions

Joaquin Phoenix, The Master

Jean-Louis Trintignant, Amour

Best Actress

Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

Emmanuelle Riva, Amour

Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Naomi Watts, The Impossible

Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea (I’m betting the critics will bring the buzz back)

Best Supporting Actor

Alan Arkin, Argo

Robert DeNiro, Silver Linings Playbook

Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained

Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master

Matthew McConaughey, Magic Mike

Best Supporting Actress

Amy Adams, The Master

Sally Field, Lincoln

Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables

Helen Hunt, The Sessions

Maggie Smith, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Best Original Screenplay

Amour

Django Unchained

The Master

Moonrise Kingdom

Promised Land

Best Adapted Screenplay

Anna Karenina

Argo

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Life of Pi

Lincoln

Best Cinematography

Django Unchained

Life of Pi

Lincoln

The Master

Skyfall

Best Costume Design

Anna Karenina

Django Unchained

Les Misérables

Mirror Mirror

Snow White and the Huntsman

Best Editing

Argo

Les Misérables

Lincoln

The Master

Zero Dark Thirty

Best Makeup & Hairstyling

Cloud Atlas

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Lincoln

Best Original Score

Anna Karenina

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Brave

Lincoln

The Master

Best Original Song

“Touch the Sky” from Brave

“Learn Me Right” from Brave

“Abraham’s Daughter” from The Hunger Games

“Suddenly” from Les Miserables

“Breath of Life” from Snow White & the Huntsman

Best Production Design

Ana Karenina

Cloud Atlas

Django Unchained

Les Miserables

Lincoln

Best Sound Editing

The Avengers

The Dark Knight Rises

Life of Pi

Skyfall

Zero Dark Thirty

Best Sound Mixing

The Avengers

Django Unchained

Les Miserables

Life of Pi

Skyfall

Best Visual Effects

The Avengers

Cloud Atlas

The Dark Knight Rises

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Life of Pi

Best Animated Feature

Brave

From up on Poppy Hill

ParaNorman

Rise of the Guardians

Wreck-It Ralph

So that’s that. I’ll try to check back next month. If not, then I’ll just wait until I make my final predictions in January. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments.

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