Oh, Oscar, Where Art Thou? - My picks for the 2013 Academy Awards
The favorite is Argo, but I'm leaning toward Steven Spielberg's masterpiece, Lincoln, to sweep the Awards this year. Daniel Day Lewis and Tommy Lee Jones are both incredibly compelling and even Sally Field shows incredible versatility and fragility as the tormented wife of the beleaguered President. Dysfunctional politics aside, We can see that even 150 years ago, politicians were not much different then they are today.
Hands down, this award should go to Steven Spielberg for Lincoln. Not only did he manage to capture the spirit of the President for movie audiences, but he kept potentially dry material from putting audiences to sleep. Courtroom and political dramas don't often rivet audiences, but the story was compelling enough to keep the snores to a minimum. With the snub of director Ben Affleck and Argo, the remaining nominees were too "fluffy" in comparison.
While Denzel Washigton and Hugh Jackman both had stand out performances this year, they paled in comparison to Daniel Day Lewis. Lewis' portrayal of Lincoln was not so much a performance of the role. He WAS the revered President and we were just flies on the wall watching him come to life. If he doesn't win, I (and a lot of other critics) will be thoroughly shocked.
This one is going to come down to Jennifer Lawrence versus Jessica Chastain. Chastain's performance was spot on as a CIA operative in the movie Zero Dark Thirty, but Lawrence is having a banner year and her award winnings are on a meteoric rise. I suspect she's going to add the Oscar to her trophy wall.
Best Supporting Actor
This is a wild card between three equally deserving performances - Tommy Lee Jones in Lincoln, Christoph Waltz in Django Unchained and Robert DeNiro in Silver Linings Playbook. The award, though, should go to Jones. His performance as the foil for Daniel Day Lewis was right on the money and well deserving of an award.
Best Supporting Actress
Sally Field is getting a lot of buzz over her portrayal of the tormented Mary Todd Lincoln, but Anne Hathaway's performance in Les Miserables is the one to watch for this year. She was onscreen for only about 20 minutes, but the role she played reverberates throughout the production.
The rest of the Awards
Best Adapted Screenplay - Tony Kushner for Lincoln
Best Original Screenplay - Quentin Tarentino for Django Unchained
Best Animated Feature - Pixar's Brave
Film Editing - Michael Kahn for Lincoln
Best Original Score - John Williams for Lincoln
Best Original Song - Skyfall
Best Visual Effects - Marvel's Avengers
Best Costume Design - Les Miserables
Best Make-up - The Hobbit
Production Design - The Hobbit
Sound Editing - Zero Dark Thirty
Sound Mixing - Les Miserables