Short and Sweet: Predicting The Oscar Nominees

I’m just going to come out and say it. I’ve been doing a lot of clinging this Oscar season; clining to hopes the likes of countless guilds, critics circles, and the Academy’s younger, uglier sister (I’m looking at you, HFPA) shunned away this Awards season (I.E. Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” and “Martha Marcy May Marlene). Am I the only nutjob still banking on “Martha” to pick up some oddball nominations? “Happy-Go-Lucky” for screenplay 3 years ago, anyone? I can dream, can’t I? But, I’ll save the pretentious babble for tomorrow when I’ll undoubtedly be crying myself through the day (the reality that “The Tree of Life” was shunned this awards season will sink in) or skipping (literally) through it (the Academy pulled their heads out of their asses and commended Malick on a job well done! A boy can only hope…). All’s well that ends well in a year where Kate Winslet and Sandra Bullock are out of the running for any major awards as far as I’m concerned.

Without further ado, here’s how I see the Oscar nominations playing out in just a few short hours:

BEST PICTURE:

The Artist

The Descendants

Hugo

Moneyball

The Help

Midnight in Paris

Bridesmaids

Alternates: War Horse, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

BEST ACTOR:

George Clooney – The Descendants

Brad Pitt – Moneyball

Jean Dujardin – The Artist

Michael Fassbender – Shame

Leonardo DiCaprio – J. Edgar

BEST ACTRESS:

Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady

Viola Davis – The Help

Rooney Mara – The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Michelle Williams – My Week With Marilyn

Tilda Swinton – We Need to Talk About Kevin

Alternates: Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs, Elizabeth Olsen, Martha Marcy May Marlene

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:

Christopher Plummer – Beginners

Jonah Hill – Moneyball

Albert Brooks – Drive

Kenneth Branagh – My Week With Marilyn

Andy Serkis – Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Alternates: Armie Hammer, J. Edgar, Nick Nolte, Warrior

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

Octavia Spencer – The Help

Jessica Chastain – The Help

Berenice Bejo – The Artist

Shailene Woodley – The Descendants

Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids

Alternates : Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs,

BEST DIRECTION:

David Fincher – The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Martin Scorcese – Hugo

Alexander Payne – The Descendants

Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist

Woody Allen – Midnight In Paris

Alternate: Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:

Bridesmaids

Young Adult

Midnight In Paris

The Artist

Win Win

Alternates: 50/50, Beginners
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:

The Descendants

Moneyball

Hugo

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

The Help

BEST FILM EDITING:

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Hugo

The Artist

War Horse

Drive

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:

The Tree of Life

The Artist

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

War Horse

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

BEST ART DIRECTION:

Hugo

The Artist

War Horse

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II

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BEST ANIMATED FEATURE:

Rango

Cars 2

The Adventures of TinTin

Puss in Boots

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