Editorial – Hey, Oscar!

It’s that most divisive time of the year, when the Academy come to a conseunsus agreement on what the greatest achievements in film from the year before were. While I nary agree with a word they say, I’ve never understood the militant and hard-line whining that comes from some quarters, and instead choose to go along for the ride. Will the best films of 2012 be recognised later today at the Kodak Theatre? No, they won’t, but tonight’s results will offer a moderately interesting insight in to how the movies saw themselves in 2012. 

I was asked to partake in the Criticwire Should/Will win predictions a couple of days ago. Here is my ballot. Note the use of official nominees only in the “Should” camp: write-ins were disbarred, and anyway, my own top ten of the year remains the reference point for my own feelings on last year.  

Best Picture
    Will Win: Argo
    Should Win: Django Unchained
 Best Director
    Will Win: Michael Haneke
    Should Win: Michael Haneke
Best Actor
    Will Win: Daniel Day Lewis
    Should Win: Joaquin Phoenix
Best Actress
    Will Win: Emmanuelle Riva
    Should Win: Emmanuelle Riva
Best Supporting Actor
    Will Win: Robert De Niro
    Should Win: Philip Seymour Hoffman 
Best Supporting Actress
    Will Win: Anne Hathaway
    Should Win: Amy Adams
Best Original Screenplay
    Will Win: Django
    Should Win: Django
Best Adapted Screenplay
    Will Win: Argo 
    Should Win: Silver Linings Playbook
Best Foreign Film
    Will Win: Amour
    Should Win: Amour
Best Documentary Feature
    Will Win: 5 Broken Cameras
    Should Win: Searching For Sugar Man
Best Animated Feature
    Will Win: Frankenweenie
    Should Win: ParaNorman
Best Cinematography
    Will Win: Robbie Richardson (Django)
    Should Win: Robbie Richardson (Django)
Best Original Score
    Will Win: Argo
    Should Win: Lincoln 

On a related note, I was absolutely ecstatic to see Hope Lies headline the WordPress Daily Post’s special film blog (the intention of which was to tie-in with the Oscars) a couple of days ago. It sounds awfully melodramatic, but it’s very much appreciated. 

Adam Batty – Editor-In-Chief

Further Reading

The Complete Criticwire Post. Check out the complete predictions for this year’s Academy Awards from Criticwire members. 



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  1. It’s sad how PTA didn’t get nominated for Director, Screenplay or Picture. Damn shame.

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