Awkweird Me
2013 Oscar Predictions

Since I have now seen all 9 nominations for best picture at the 85th Annual Academy Awards, I think it’s time to once again give my thoughts and predictions on the winners. For a full list, go here.

Best Motion Picture of the Year:

Lincoln is a safe bet, and Zero Dark Thirty and Argo also have chances. I think it’d be cooler if Amour or Django Unchained won, but it’s unlikely.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role:

Daniel Day-Lewis is pretty much sure to take this, and I have no problem with that. Denzel Washington may have a chance too. I think I’d like Joaquin Phoenix to win though.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role:

The Academy will probably give it to Jessica Chastain (which I support) or Naomi Watts (which I don’t support). I think it’d be cool if Emmanuelle Riva won.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role:

I think Philip Seymour Hoffman should take it, but it’ll more likely be Alan Arkin or Tommy Lee Jones.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role:

Anne Hathaway will almost definitely win this and I have no problem with that.

Best Achievement in Directing:

I suppose Steven Spielberg is the obvious choice here. I’d like it if Michael Haneke won, however.

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen:

While I don’t think it’s the best screenplay Tarantino has written, I’d like Django Unchained to win. I also wouldn’t mind if Moonrise Kingdom won. I think Zero Dark Thirty is the most likely though.

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published:

I think perhaps Argo will take it, but I’m not really sure.

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year:

Probably Wreck-It Ralph, but Brave certainly has a chance too.

Once again, I don’t have strong feelings one way or another about the other categories, except that I’m sure Adele will win for Skyfall.

This year’s awards are a bit more difficult to predict than other recent years, for sure. I can’t wait to find out who wins tomorrow!

Life of Pi (2012)
I liked this film, but I didn’t like everything about it. It’s pretty nice, visually. Although, the knowledge I have that it’s all fake did take me out of the experience. This also wasn’t helped by the 3D, which I still hate. Some of the CG animals were absolutely awful-looking, and others were fine. The tiger was pretty impressive, actually. I like Ang Lee a lot and his direction was great. I really liked the survival aspects of the story. I could appreciate some of the philosophical/religious messages, even if they were told without much subtlety. What I had the biggest problem with was the protagonist, Pi. I found him quite insufferable sometimes. He was just so quirky and flawless and joyous about everything, I found it grating. It’s just unfortunate that I had to go through the story with a character I didn’t like. I think it’s very much worth seeing though. It’s a good movie for families to watch together. I expect the book is better.

Life of Pi (2012)

I liked this film, but I didn’t like everything about it. It’s pretty nice, visually. Although, the knowledge I have that it’s all fake did take me out of the experience. This also wasn’t helped by the 3D, which I still hate. Some of the CG animals were absolutely awful-looking, and others were fine. The tiger was pretty impressive, actually. I like Ang Lee a lot and his direction was great. I really liked the survival aspects of the story. I could appreciate some of the philosophical/religious messages, even if they were told without much subtlety. What I had the biggest problem with was the protagonist, Pi. I found him quite insufferable sometimes. He was just so quirky and flawless and joyous about everything, I found it grating. It’s just unfortunate that I had to go through the story with a character I didn’t like. I think it’s very much worth seeing though. It’s a good movie for families to watch together. I expect the book is better.