Roll out the red carpets, pull on those designer frocks, borrow those multi-million dollar diamonds – Oscar fever is upon us once again – and this year, the field is wide open.
Unlike 2011, when the King’s Speech swept the board, or even last year, when the silent film The Artist took centre stage, this year there are different favourites in almost every category. Argo, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook and Les Miserables could all do really well, but chances are this year’s awards will be shared around.
The Oscars, or more correctly, the Academy Awards, have been held every year since 1929, when flying action film Wings took the very first statuette. Since then, the Oscars have been held every year, twice in 1930, recognising the best of the best across a wide range of acting, writing and technical disciplines. Big winners from the past include the epic Ben Hur and James Cameron’s Titanic, which each won no less than 11 Oscars. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King went one better, not only winning 11 Oscars, but also winning every category it was nominated in. At the other end of the scale, both The Colour Purple and Turning Point failed to win a single one of their 11 nominated categories. So will there be a big winner, or loser, this year?
The Oscars 2013
This year is unusual, in that the favourite for best film, Argo, has not received a nomination for best director. This means that Ben Affleck will not be adding an Oscar to his Directors Guild of America award, as is usually the case. The rest of the 2013 85th Academy Awards nominees look like this:
- Beasts Of The Southern Wild
- Django Unchained
- Les Miserables
- Life Of Pi
- Silver Linings Playbook
- Zero Dark Thirty
Our prediction: After a successful run at the pre-Oscar awards, such as the Baftas where it won Best Film and Best Director, Argo is odds on favourite to pick up best film, despite its many failings, with Lincoln the only other real contender.
- Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty
- Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
- Emmanuelle Riva – Amour
- Quvenzhane Wallis – Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Naomi Watts – The Impossible
Our prediction: With both the youngest ever nominee, Quvenzhane Wallis at just 9 years old, and potentially the oldest winner, Emmanuelle Riva at 85, this is the most interesting category. Nonetheless, Jennifer Lawrence looks set to spoil the party by beating them both.
- Daniel Day Lewis – Lincoln
- Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook
- Hugh Jackman – Les Miserables
- Joaquin Phoenix – The Master
- Denzel Washington – Flight
Our prediction: Daniel Day Lewis looks simply unbeatable in the title role of Lincoln, despite Hugh Jackman’s barnstorming role in Les Mis, a part he was born to play.
- Michael Haneke – Amour
- Ang Lee – Life of Pi
- David O Russell – Silver Linings Playbook
- Steven Spielberg – Lincoln
- Benh Zeitlin – Beasts of the Southern Wild
Our prediction: This category could be much closer, with Spielberg’s Lincoln in a battle with the beautiful work done by Ang Lee on Life of Pi. Too close to call, especially with the odds on favourite for best picture not represented here, but Spielberg hasn’t had much luck in the past.
Best supporting actor
- Alan Arkin – Argo
- Robert De Niro – Silver Linings Playbook
- Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln
- Christoph Waltz – Django Unchained
- Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master
Our prediction: In a category littered with previous winners, it’s hard to pick a favourite. Tommy Lee Jones and Christopher Waltz look like fighting it out, but you can never write off De Niro or the excellent Phillip Seymour Hoffman.
Best supporting actress
- Amy Adams – The Master
- Sally Field – Lincoln
- Anne Hathaway – Les Miserables
- Helen Hunt – The Sessions
- Jacki Weaver – Silver Linings Playbook
Our prediction: They say that Anne Hathaway (Les Mis) beat Anne Hathaway (Dark Knight Rises) to the Oscar nomination, and she is by far the hottest favourite of the lot at 1/50 with some bookmakers.
What do you think?
Have we got our predictions right, with a spread of the top awards between four or five different films? Or will the Academy members suddenly shift towards one film, such as Lincoln, and shower it with statuettes, spoiling Anne Hathaway’s night? Let us know your Oscar predictions in the comments section below, and don’t forget to check out our full range of 8-Ball movie t-shirts here.
Author: 8 Ball