Saturday, February 25, 2012

My Oscar Predictions: And, The Winner Is.....Envelope Please!

 By Darlene Donloe

I've always sucked at predicting the winners of the Academy Awards. However, it's still fun to give it a whirl.  The 84th Academy Awards, first staged on May 16, 1929, at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, will take place at the Hollywood and Highland Center on Sunday, Feb. 26 and will air on ABC beginning at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The show, which will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide, will be hosted by Billy Crystal.  

This year all the hype has been centered around the movie, The Help and its stars, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer.  The silent movie, The Artist has also received a lot of buzz. George Clooney (The Descendants) always gets attention as does the incredibly talented Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady), who has been nominated 17 times!!!!

Here are my predictions:

Best Picture: The Artist

Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius - The Artist

Best Actor: George Clooney - The Descendants

 VIOLA DAVIS (standing) in The Help

Best Actress: Viola Davis - The Help

Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer - Beginners

Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer - The Help

Best Original Screenplay: Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo - Bridesmaids

Best Adapted Screenplay:Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash - The Descendants

Best Animated Feature: Rango

Best Animated Short Film: La Luna

Best Live Action Short Film: The Shore

Art Direction: The Artist

Foreign Language Film: A Separation

Cinematography: The Tree of Life

Costume Design: The Artist

Documentary Feature: Undefeated

Documentary Short Subject: The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement

Achievement in Film Editing: Hugo

Makeup: Albert Nobbs

Achievement in music written for motion picture: The Artist

Original Song: “Real in Rio” - Rio

Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown; lyrics by Siedah Garrett

Sound Editing: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Sound Mixing: Hugo

Visual Effects: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

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