Liv’s Oscar picks: “Lincoln” and “Les Miserables” to dominate

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—it is awards season.

It’s just about time for Hollywood’s biggest night. The 85 Annual Academy Awards are scheduled for Feb. 24– a night for the golden idol to be handed to some especially deserving stars after a stellar year in cinema.

After following their past award successes and seeing many of the films myself, I’ve made my picks for who’ll receive the Oscars this time around.

There are nine films up for Best Picture. The sap in me would love to see “Les Misérables” take home the gold—but Ben Affleck’s “Argo” could give it a run for its money. But with films like “Lincoln” and “Django Unchained” also as competition, it’ll be a close call—one I can’t make.

“Who am I? I’m Jean Valjean!” I could honestly see Hugh Jackman winning for Best Actor. But, “I am the president of the United States of America” also has a certain ring to it. Both Daniel Day-Lewis and Jackman have won numerous awards for their respective roles. Sorry, but the other guys don’t even stand a chance.

I can’t call myself a Jennifer Lawrence fan, but it’s clear that the critics love her and her odd role in “Silver Linings Playbook.” I would be surprised if she didn’t win the Oscar for Best Actress.

I would also be surprised if Anne Hathaway didn’t win for Best Supporting Actress. Fantine might not have been on screen very long, but in her short time, Hathaway managed to touch the hearts of many with her raw emotions. “Les Misérables” is up for eight awards this season—and I predict this to be a good night for them.

No one in the Best Supporting Actor category stands out to me. Christoph Waltz appealed to a lot of critics though. His work in “Django Unchained” just might win him the gold.

One of the shockers this season was Affleck’s snub for an Oscar. He humbly took home a Golden Globe for Best Director, yet isn’t even nominated for an Academy Award. You have to admire the prestigious cast and directing genius of Affleck, whether you’re a fan of his or not. In his absence, I guess I would pick Steven Spielberg’s work with “Lincoln.”

Normally, I’m a sucker for a good John Williams soundtrack, but I can’t call him the winner for Best Original Score. Much like the Hollywood Foreign Press picked Mychael Danna for his work with “Life of Pi,” I’d agree that he will take home gold for his exotic and majestic score. Soundtracks certainly make a movie—but so does the feature song. I have no doubt that Adele will win an Oscar for “Skyfall” for the most recent James Bond movie.

It’s pretty obvious that it’s the same handful of movies that are dominating the nominations. Don’t get me wrong; they’re worthy of their stature. But, come on critics, what about the dozens of other films that aren’t even acknowledged? You loved them when they came out—why are you withholding the love during the awards season?

The epic conclusion to Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy wasn’t even vaguely recognized. You would think something—Christian Bale or Tom Hardy’s performances, Hans Zimmer’s score, or Nolan’s directing—would be acknowledged. But no, they were unfortunately dwarfed in the shadow of some other cinema gems.

Also rather surprising is the snub to Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson–heck, “Django Unchained” in general, other than the Best Picture nod. The same can be said for “The Hobbit.” It seems that the curse of mainstream love has devastated a few films and their chances of award stardom. Films like “The Avengers” and “The Hunger Games” didn’t stand a chance.

It’ll be interesting to see what happens this season. But without a doubt, I predict that “Les Misérables” and “Lincoln” will dominate the Oscars, much like “The Artist” did last year. We’ll see who takes home the gold in cinema’s biggest night.

 

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