My Super-Early Oscar 2012 Predictions
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The awards season is heating up but which films or performances deserve Oscar glory? Here’s my ballsy prediction!
For Best Supporting Actor Oscar, Albert Brooks was memorable as a shady businessman in DRIVE but let's not forget the wonderful Nick Nolte as a bruised dad in WARRIOR or John Hawkes as a cult leader in MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE And this is probably a longshot but Seth Rogen was also fantastic in 50/50. Honestly? I would love Christopher Plummer to win this category as a father who recently came out to his son in BEGINNERS.
For Best Supporting Actress, I have a lot of favorites. There's Shailenne Woodley as a petulant daughter in THE DESCENDANTS, and Janet Mcteer in drag for ALBERT NOBBS. But i have been championing Jessica Chastain. The current Hollywood “it” girl gave brilliant performances in THE HELP, THE TREE OF LIFE, THE DEBT, AND TAKE SHELTER.
For Best Actor, I enjoyed George Clooney in THE DESCENDANTS. Leonardo DiCaprio hammed it up as J. Edgar Hoover, the gifted Ryan Gosling was mesmerizing in DRIVE, Michael Shannon is so good in TAKE SHELTER and I truly admired Gary Oldman's subdued performance in TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY. But I think the Academy will finally bestow this award to Brad Pitt for his double whammy in MONEYBALL and THE TREE OF LIFE.
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Now let me stop and say we all bow down to the goddess of acting, Meryl Streep. She deserves a nomination for Best Actress in THE IRON LADY. But this category features many brilliant performances such as Viola Davis in THE HELP, Elizabeth Olsen for MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE, and Tilda Swinton is also phenomenal as a grieving mother in WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN. But the actress that comes closest to my heart is Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe in MY WEEK WITH MARILYN. She didn't just imitate the icon, she embodied the character in full dimension.
For Best Picture, the Weinstein Co. has many Oscar-quality movies such as MY WEEK WITH MARILYN and the magnificent silent film, “The Artist” (yes, it’s my pick to win!). Other Best Picture Oscar contenders are THE TREE OF LIFE, Woody Allen’s MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, the crowd-pleaser THE HELP, and the indie-darling BEGINNERS.
I would love to see Martin Scorsese’s HUGO in this category, as well as the excellent Alexander Payne film THE DESCENDANTS. DRIVE is also deserving, MONEYBALL can hit a homerun, and the Academy may finally spread magic all over the HARRY POTTER series by nominating the final film.
Yet, there are more worthy Oscar contenders coming out before the end of the year. There’s TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN, EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE, and Steven Spielberg’s WAR HORSE which may gallop towards Oscar victory.
But if my wishes will be granted, THE ARTIST will be honored as truly the Best Picture of the year.
Year of Production: 2011
Country: United States