This year’s Academy Awards are this Sunday. There’s an interesting batch of nominees in the race this year, spanning genres from silent film to gross-out comedy. It’s Clooney vs. Pitt, Streep vs. Davis, Scorsese vs. Malick. Who are you rooting for? The Carroll News predicts the winners and the losers – Ben DeVictor
“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”
“The Tree of Life”
“Midnight in Paris”
Should win: “Drive,” a movie which isn’t even nominated, is the best movie of the year. Unfortunately, it’s too ballsy, imaginative and bloody for Mr. Oscar.
Will win: Since its release, “The Artist” has dominated the awards circuit. Odds are it has the Oscar locked up as well.
Sidenote: “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” is awful.
Demián Bichir: “A Better Life”
George Clooney: “The Descendants”
Jean Dujardin: “The Artist”
Brad Pitt: “Moneyball”
Gary Oldman: “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”
Should win: George Clooney’s performance is heartbreaking and hilarious. The movie relies on his performance.
Will win: Unless the Academy goes the route of giving an actor an award he doesn’t deserve as compensation for multiple snubs and awards the Oscar to Gary Oldman, Clooney has this in the bag.
Sidenote: Michael Fassbender was snubbed big time for his performance in “Shame.”
Glenn Close: “Albert Nobbs”
Viola Davis: “The Help”
Rooney Mara: “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
Meryl Streep: “The Iron Lady”
Michelle Williams: “My Week With Marilyn”
Should win: Rooney Mara is stunning and sexy in David Fincher’s “Dragon Tattoo” adaptation. She’s one of the best young actors out there right now.
Will win: Even though the Academy loves cross-dressing roles, Close will probably still lose to Viola Davis, who is the favorite.
Kenneth Branagh: “My Week With Marilyn”
Jonah Hill: “Moneyball”
Nick Nolte: “Warrior”
Christopher Plummer: “Beginners”
Max von Sydow: “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”
Should win: We live in a world where Jonah Hill is an Oscar nominee. Think about that. Anyway, Christopher Plummer deserves it.
Will win: Plummer’s won everything so far. It’s his to lose.
Bérénice Bejo: “The Artist”
Jessica Chastain: “The Help”
Melissa McCarthy: “Bridesmaids”
Janet McTeer: “Albert Nobbs”
Octavia Spencer: “The Help”
Should win: Melissa McCarthy is downright hilarious in “Bridesmaids.” Plus, it’s about time an Oscar goes to a comedic role.
Will win: Octavia Spencer gives a great performance and is the critic’s favorite.
Michel Hazanavicius: “The Artist”
Alexander Payne: “The Descendants”
Martin Scorsese: “Hugo”
Woody Allen: “Midnight in Paris”
Terrence Malick: “The Tree of Life”
Should win: Crime movie master Martin Scorsese has made an alluring children’s film in “Hugo.” This love letter to cinema is also among his best work.
Will win: Hazanavicius won the Director’s Guild Award and Scorsese won the Golden Globe. It’s “tradition” that the winner of the DGA also wins the Oscar, so it’s more likely that Hazanavicis will take the prize.
Sidenote: David Fincher. Snubbed. Again.
“A Cat in Paris”
“Chico & Rita”
“Kung Fu Panda 2”
“Puss in Boots”
Should win: It’s astounding that “The Adventures of Tintin” wasn’t nominated for this award after winning the Golden Globe in the same category. Not to mention it’s far and away the best animated movie of the year.
Will win: “Rango,” because the Academy probably hasn’t even watched the other nominees.
Sidenote: “Cars 2” is so horrible that “Puss in Boots” beat it for a nomination. Ouch.
John Williams: “The Adventures of Tintin”
Ludovic Bource: “The Artist”
Howard Shore: “Hugo”
Alberto Iglesias: “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”
John Williams: “War Horse”
Should win: “The Adventures of Tintin” is Williams’s densest, most complicated and best score in years. He’s still got it. Plus, “The Artist” score is a ripoff of the “Vertigo” score anyway.
Will win: Williams has won too many Oscars, so hopefully this one will go to Howard Shore.