by Lekan Olanrewaju
As you probably already know, The Oscars is taking place this weekend. So in preparation for this year’s edition of the biggest film event and without the help of Octopus Paul, we’ve decided to pick our own “winners”, we are also taking a calculated risk by guessing, sentiments aside, who might actually walk away with the trophies in the 8 main categories.
Best Actress Nominees: Viola Davis, The Help; Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady; Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn; Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs; Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
Who we want to win: She has what are likely to be the best cheekbones in history, so without question, Meryl Streep.
Who we think will win: Disregard all the hype surrounding Viola Davis, Meryl Streep pretty much has this in the bag. Her performance in the Iron Lady confirms this (not that it was needed anyway). It can easily be said that she’s pretty much the most gifted actress of our time.
Best Actor Nominees: George Clooney, The Descendants; Jean Dujardin, The Artist; Brad Pitt, Moneyball; Demián Bichir, A Better Life; Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
Who we want to win: Brad Pitt. We’re not even going to get into how much of a travesty it is that the man doesn’t have one already. Plus the statue might make a nice toy for the next multicultural baby Angelina decides to adopt.
Who we think will win: George Clooney and we really don’t mind either.
Best Supporting Actress Nominees: Octavia Spencer, The Help; Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids; Bérénice Bejo, The Artist; Jessica Chastain, The Help; Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Who we want to win: Octavia Spencer. Apologies to Melissa McCarthy but Bridesmaids would only be deserving of any type of award (except for maybe a razzie) in an alternate universe, and we have little to no feelings about the other nominees.
Who we think will win: Octavia Spencer. She basically has no competition. Plus she was very good at playing a very good role.
Best Supporting Actor Nominees: Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn; Jonah Hill, Moneyball; Nick Nolte, Warrior; Christopher Plummer, Beginners; Max von Sydow, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.
Who we want to win: Jonah Hill.
Who we think will win: His role in Beginners has already won him a Golden Globe, in addition to a Denver Film Critics Society Award, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, National Board of Review Award and an Online Film Critics Award, so chances are Christopher Plummer will be delivering one more acceptance speech come Sunday night.
Best Picture Nominees: The Artist; The Descendants; The Help; Hugo; Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close; Midnight In Paris; Moneyball; The Tree Of Life; War Horse.
Who we want to win: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, but seeing as it wasn’t even nominated (we haven’t completely forgiven The Academy) we’ll invest that goodwill in The Artist.
Who we think will win: The Artist.
Best Director Nominees: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist; Martin Scorsese, Hugo; Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris; Malick, The Tree of Life; Alexander Payne, The Descendants.
Who we want to win: Michel Hazanavicius, regardless of the fact we’re still trying to pretend we don’t find it difficult to pronounce his name.
Who we think will win: Martin Scorcese, unfortunately.
Best Original Screenplay Nominees: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist; Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids; J.C. Chandor, Margin Call; Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris; Asghar Farhadi, A Separation
Who we want to win: Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist
Who we think will win: The Artist pretty much has this in the bag.
Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominees: Alexander Payne, Jim Rash, and Nat Faxon, The Descendants; John Logan, Hugo; George Clooney, Grant Heslov, and Beau Willimon, The Ides of March; Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian, Moneyball; Peter Straughan and Bridget O’Connor, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Who we want to win: George Clooney, Grant Heslov, and Beau Willimon for The Ides of March.
Who we think will win: The Descendants.