Eyes on the Oscar

From January through March, marks the best season of the year. Yes, award season is upon us. This means saccharine-clogged acceptance speeches, too many glasses of champagne, and enough Valentino and Versace to make Carrie Bradshaw’s head spin.

Oh yeah…we almost forgot about the actual awards! 2012 was a fantastic year for movies. From the musical tragedy Les Miserables to the historical drama Lincoln, actors gave it their all and an array of cinematic masterpieces took shape.

The Golden Globes aired Jan. 15 and the Screen Actors Guild Awards are on Jan. 27. The Academy Award nominations have just been released! Here is what we think:

Best Picture

  • Argo
  • Amour
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Django Unchained
  • Life of Pi
  • Zero Dark Thirty
  • Les Miserables
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Lincoln
    • U101 calls this to win: The Academy loves historical dramas and this fits the ticket. If this doesn’t win, Zero Dark Thirty will. Just like history, they love war epics.

 Best Actor

  • Daniel Day-Lewis: Lincoln
  • Joaquin Phoenix: The Master
  • Denzel Washington: Flight
  • Bradley Cooper: Silver Linings Playbook
  • Hugh Jackman: Les Miserables
    • U101 hopes he wins: No actor gave more in a performance this year than Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean in Les Mis. Not only did Jackman go on an extreme diet to lean up and sag his eyes, but his performance was an emotional powerhouse. Oh, and he sang live too.

Best Actress

  • Jennifer Lawrence: Silver Linings Playbook
  • Naomi Watts: The Impossible
  • Jessica Chastain: Zero Dark Thirty 
  • Emmanuelle Riva- Amour
  • Quvenzhane Wallis: Beasts of the Southern Wild
    • U101 applauds: Wallis is the youngest person to be nominated for an Oscar!

Best Supporting Actor

  • Tommy Lee Jones: Lincoln
  • Alan Arkin: Argo
  • Christopher Waltz: Django Unchained
  • Phillip Seymour Hoffman: The Master
  • Robert DeNiro: Silver Linings Playbook
    • U101 loves DeNiro: A classic never dies!

Best Supporting Actress

  • Sally Field: Lincoln
  • Jacki Weaver: Silver Linings Playbook
  • Amy Adams: The Master
  • Helen Hunt: The Sessions
  • Anne Hathaway: Les Miserables
    • U101 prediction: Hathaway’s performance was tragic and beautiful. Emotional vulnerability and a beautiful live rendition of I Dreamed a Dream will secure her the Oscar.

Best Director

  • Michael Haneke: Amour
  • David O. Russell: Silver Linings Playbook
  • Ang Lee: Life of Pi
  • Benh Zeitlin: Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Steven Spielberg: Lincoln
    • U101 on Spielberg: This is a modern Spielberg classic. We would not be surprised if he won this year.

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