Oscars are on Sunday. Here are my predictions (i.e. the ones I want to win, not necessarily the ones that will win) for the main categories.

Best Picture

“Beasts of the Southern Wild”
“Django Unchained”
“Les Misérables”
“Life of Pi”
“Silver Linings Playbook”
“Zero Dark Thirty”

Best Director

Michael Haneke, “Amour”
Ang Lee, “Life of Pi”
Ben Zeitlin, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
Steven Spielberg, “Lincoln”
PREDICTED WINNER: David O. Russell, “Silver Linings Playbook”

Best Actor

Bradley Cooper, “Silver Linings Playbook”
PREDICTED WINNER: Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”
Hugh Jackman, “Les Miserables”
Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master”
Denzel Washington, “Flight”

Best Actress

Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty”
PREDICTED WINNER: Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Emmanuelle Riva, “Amour”
Quvenzhané Wallis, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
Naomi Watts, “The Impossible”

Best Supporting Actor

Alan Arkin, “Argo”
Robert De Niro, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”
Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”
PREDICTED WINNER: Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained”

Best Supporting Actress

Amy Adams, “The Master”
Sally Field, “Lincoln”
PREDICTED WINNER: Anne Hathaway, “Les Misérables”
Helen Hunt, “The Sessions”
Jacki Weaver, “Silver Linings Playbook”

Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

“Argo”, Screenplay by Chris Terrio
“Beasts of the Southern Wild”, Screenplay by Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin
“Life of Pi”, Screenplay by David Magee
PREDICTED WINNER: “Lincoln”, Screenplay by Tony Kushner
“Silver Linings Playbook”, Screenplay by David O. Russell

Best Writing (Original Screenplay)

“Amour”, Written by Michael Haneke
“Django Unchained”, Written by Quentin Tarantino
“Flight”, Written by John Gatins
“Moonrise Kingdom”, Written by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola
PREDICTED WINNER: “Zero Dark Thirty”, Written by Mark Boal

Best Animated Feature Film

“The Pirates! Band of Misfits”

Best Documentary Feature

“5 Broken Cameras”
“The Gatekeepers’
“How to Survive A Plague”
“The House I Live In”
“The Iinvisible War”
PREDICTED WINNER: “Searching For Sugar Man”

…and here are some other predictions for the hell of it.

Costume Design

“Les Misérables”
“Mirror Mirror”
“Snow White and the Huntsman”

Best Makeup

PREDICTED WINNER: “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
“Les Misérables”

Best Music (Original Score)

“Anna Karenina”, Dario Marianelli
“Argo”, Alexandre Desplat
“Life of Pi”, Mychael Danna
PREDICTED WINNER: “Lincoln”, John Williams
“Skyfall”, Thomas Newman

Best Music (Original Song)

“Before My Time”, Chasing Ice
“Everybody Needs A Best Friend”, Ted
“Pi’s Lullaby”, Life of Pi
“Suddenly”, Les Miserables
PREDICTED WINNER: “Skyfall”, Skyfall

Visual Effects

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
“Life of Pi”
PREDICTED WINNER: “Marvel’s The Avengers”
“Snow White and the Huntsman”

When they announce the winners, that’s when I’ll explain my choices. I know you can’t wait.

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