Our Oscar 2013 predictions


It’s that time of year again, when the Oscar nominations come out and we stick our necks on the line by saying who and what we think will win the awards. Putting money on it makes watching the interminable ceremony far more interesting, so we’re gonna have a little bet on it and we thought we’d share our tips with you.

This will lead to one of two outcomes: either we’ll make a killing with our insightful predictions, take our winnings, put them all on black, win even bigger and then retire to Hawaii and spend our days drinking cocktails in the sun while wearing those grass skirt things, orrrrrrr we’ll get most things totally wrong and, when the statues are handed out in February, will pretend that we never made these predictions in the first place. The latter is more likely than the former, to be honest.

Anyhoo, here are the nominations for the big categories and who we think will win:

Performance by an actor in a leading role
Bradley Cooper in “Silver Linings Playbook”
Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln”
Hugh Jackman in “Les Misérables”
Joaquin Phoenix in “The Master”
Denzel Washington in “Flight”

Something You Said’s money is on: Hugh Jackman was outstanding in Les Mis. Live singing and a beard that would make hipster boys weep with jealousy, but Daniel Day-Lewis will win because, well, he’s Daniel Day-Lewis.

Performance by an actress in a leading role
Jessica Chastain in “Zero Dark Thirty”
Jennifer Lawrence in “Silver Linings Playbook”
Emmanuelle Riva in “Amour”
Quvenzhané Wallis in “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
Naomi Watts in “The Impossible”

Something You Said’s money is on: It would be wonderful if Quvenzhané Wallis, the youngest nominee, or Emmanuelle Riva, the oldest, took out the award. Both would be deserving, but we have a suspicion that Jessica Chastain will get the nod.

Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Amy Adams in “The Master”
Sally Field in “Lincoln”
Anne Hathaway in “Les Misérables”
Helen Hunt in “The Sessions”
Jacki Weaver in “Silver Linings Playbook”

Who should win: Anne Hathaway was incredible in Les Mis, even though she was only on screen for about 15 minutes of a three-hour film. As sure as night follows day, she will win this award. No question. 

Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Alan Arkin in “Argo”
Robert De Niro in “Silver Linings Playbook”
Philip Seymour Hoffman in “The Master”
Tommy Lee Jones in “Lincoln”
Christoph Waltz in “Django Unchained”

Something You Said’s money is on: It might be heart dominating head, but we’d like to see Alan Arkin win this one.

Achievement in directing
“Amour” Michael Haneke
“Beasts of the Southern Wild” Benh Zeitlin
“Life of Pi” Ang Lee
“Lincoln” Steven Spielberg
“Silver Linings Playbook” David O. Russell

Who should win: Spielberg is a safe bet, but we’re gonna go for Ang Lee in the hope that his achievement in directing a seemingly unfilmable movie gives him the edge.

Best documentary feature
“5 Broken Cameras”
“The Gatekeepers”
“How to Survive a Plague”
“The Invisible War”
“Searching for Sugar Man”

Something You Said’s money is on: Searching for Sugar Man, a life-affirming story.

Best foreign language film of the year
“Amour” Austria
“Kon-Tiki” Norway
“No” Chile
“A Royal Affair” Denmark
“War Witch” Canada

Something You Said’s money is on: It should be A Royal Affair. It will likely be Amour. Either would be worthy and you’d be a fool to bet elsewhere. 

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

Something You Said’s money is on: The big one. And it’s tough to call but Lincoln will probably triumph.

So there you have it. Our (probably rubbish) tips for the 2013 Academy Awards. If you disagree then tell us your predictions in the comments section below. And if we are completely wrong across the board, then this post never happened, okay?