Oscar Predictions: Put Our Newsroom To The Test

Celebuzz contributors offer their thoughts about what films and performances will win gold statuettes come Sunday night at the Academy Awards.

Who Will Take Home Oscar's Top Honors?
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In just a few short days, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will hold its annual Oscar ceremony, crowning the best and brightest Hollywood has to offer with gorgeous gold statuettes commemorating their greatest achievements – this year, anyway.

If you’re at all interested in industry politics, then you’ve no doubt been paying close attention to the jockeying for position that the year’s highest-profile films have done in recent weeks: after Ben Affleck failed to score a nomination for Best Director, his film Argo picked up steam as a film to beat in several major categories, including Best Picture. Meanwhile, director David O. Russell has shopped around the stars of Silver Linings Playbook in an effort to drum up support for the film, which now unexpectedly seems to have a real shot at stealing top honors from the likes of Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty.

But with a few days left to fill out your Oscar ballots for those office pools, we asked Celebuzz’ staff who they think should take home some of the ceremony’s top prizes.

Asked to submit their picks for the top five categories – Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress – Celebuzz’ top experts offered their thoughts about who will, and also who should win.

Gabi Chung, Staff Editor

Best Picture: Argo. It’s this year’s industry darling. Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis. For someone who’s highly selective of his roles, this man’s track record is amazing. Out of the 20 feature films he’s starred in, he’s been nominated five times for a Best Actor Oscar and won the actual award twice. It’s his year again. The numbers don’t lie. Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence. Her SAG Award for Female Actor in a Leading Role kind of sealed her fate for this category. Best Director: Steven Spielberg. Since Ben Affleck — the winner of this year’s Director’s Guild Award for Argo — isn’t nominated for an Oscar, many in the Academy will go for the safe choice and give it to Spielberg. Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway. I’m going with the SAG win argument again. Best Supporting Actor: Tommy Lee Jones. Again, SAG Awards is always a good prediction of how the Oscar acting awards will be handed out.

 

Tom Freestone, Producer, The Daily Buzz

Best Picture: Argo Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis Best Actress: Jessica Chastain Best Director: Steven Spielberg Best Supporting Actress: Sally Field Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz

Jarret Garcia, Photo Editor

Best Picture: Argo Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence Best Director: Steven Spielberg Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz

 

Kristin Koch, Senior Fashion & Beauty Editor

Best Picture: Argo Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis Best Actress: Jessica Chastain Best Director: Ang Lee Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway Best Supporting Actor: Robert De Niro

 

Eli Lippman, Celebuzz Social Producer

Best Picture: Silver Linings Playbook Best Actor: Denzel Washington Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence Best Director: Ang Lee Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway Best Supporting Actor: Tommy Lee Jones

 

Cory Lopez, Staff Editor

Best Picture: Argo. From sweeping up several other Best Picture wins this season to all the public outcry of Ben Affleck being snubbed for Best Director, Argo has an edge despite the many beloved folders in this more-crowded-than-ever category. Best Director: Benh Zeitlin. In his feature directorial debut, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Benh Zeitlin directed a five-year-old no-name to become one of the youngest Best Actress nominees ever. Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis. Forever after this acclaimed performance, Daniel Day-Lewis will live on in our minds as the actualization of Abraham Lincoln. Best Actress: Jessica Chastain. After Kathryn Bigelow was overlooked for Best Director for helming the year's most controversial film, it seems only fitting its female lead take the top honor instead. Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway. Though Les Misérables garnered mix reviews, the Academy is always a sucker for a dramatic transformation and, of course, a good cry. Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz. For the second straight Quentin Tarantino film, "supporting actor" Christoph Waltz has shone as the true star.

Cliff Renfrew, Senior Reporter

Best Picture: Lincoln. The scale, storytelling, direction and acting make this my overall favorite pick for best film. Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis. The British actor is simply the best in the business. Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence. Jennifer Lawrence is the most exciting and talented young actress in Hollywood and gets my vote this year. Best Director: Steven Spielberg. No other director deserves it more that Spielberg for making such an interesting movie about such an important historical figure. Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway. Simply the best - she can sing and act, and even looks good with dodgy teeth. Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz. Nobody does danger with a hint of irony better than this German master – worthy of an Oscar.

 

Matt Russoniello, Community Manager

Best Picture: Either Silver Linings Playbook or Lincoln. Historically, Lincoln is exactly the kind of film that the Academy likes to reward. But Silver Linings Playbook has garnered so much positive attention and goodwill that it definitely stands a chance. Best Actor: Daniel Day Lewis. He underwent a big transformation for the role, and the consensus is that he deserves a record-breaking third Oscar. Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence. People like her not only as an actress, but as a personality. People want to see her take the stage and give a memorable acceptance speech. Best Director: David O. Russell. He pulled amazing, nomination-worthy performances out of his four main actors. That's a director's job; he deserves it. Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway. It just seems unavoidable at this point. It was kind of her year. Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz. He gave the quirkiest, most memorable performance of the bunch.

 

Andy Scott, Staff Editor

Best Picture: Argo. Ben Affleck's directing snub should have sealed Argo's fate in this category. Ironically, it appears that everyone has decided to rally behind him, instead. Sorry, Lincoln. Best Director: Steven Spielberg. With Ben Affleck out of the equation, Spielberg seems like the next logical choice to win here. Though wouldn't it be kind of awesome if Behn Zeitlin won instead? Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis. Why are you even reading this sentence? He's winning. Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence. Years from now, people will look back on this category and ask, "Why did Jennfier Lawrence win?" In the meantime, everyone seems to think she deserves it, so there's no reason to think that she won't. Best Supporting Actor: Tommy Lee Jones. Although, your guess is as good as mine. (Go Hoffman, even if you're actually Lead!) Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway. Hathaway won the Oscar the second she was cast as Fantine. A “Dream” role, indeed.

 

Andrea Simpson, Senior News Editor

Best Picture: Zero Dark Thirty. Kathryn Bigelow knows how to move an audience with deeply compelling writing and acting, and like The Hurt Locker, told this story of such a poignant moment in the world’s history with such honesty you couldn’t take your eyes off the screen. Best Actor: It’s a toss-up between Daniel Day-Lewis and Joaquin Phoenix, but in either case, one word sufficiently describes both actors' performances: Brilliant. Best Actress: Jessica Chastain. Her subtle determination made this performance. Best Director: Steven Spielberg. He’s the clear favorite and if he wins, much like the film, he too will go down in American history as only the fourth director to win more than two directing Oscars. Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway. I just hope the Academy spells her name right! Best Supporting Actor: Alan Arkin. I loved this film, but he made the whole movie worth watching, just waiting for those unexpected one-liners.

 

Peggy Truong, Contributing Editor

Best Picture: Argo. This will be Ben Affleck's closest thing to winning Best Director. Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis. He's been unstoppable all awards season long. Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence. Although there's a lot of history riding on this with Riva and Wallis, JLaw's performance trumps all the others. Best Director: David O. Russell. Although my personal pick would be underdog Benh Zeitlin, David O. Russell will win the Oscar. Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway. All hail Anne Hathaway and whatever speech she will make to make us all cry. Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz. This is a weak group of nominees to begin with, but Christoph Waltz's performance is the strongest of them all.

…And Todd Gilchrist, Senior Film Editor

Best Picture: Argo. Silver Linings Playbook has a real chance at taking this prize given its visibility over the last several weeks, but given the attention heaped upon Affleck specifically because he wasn’t nominated, it seems likely that the Academy will reward his effort in some way, this being probably the best and most direct. Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis. Although my sentimental choice has Joaquin Phoenix winning the statutette for what I still believe is truly the best performance of the year, Day-Lewis’ pedigree, and quite frankly, his charm in the face of so many previous victories, makes him the front-runner. And yeah, it was also a phenomenal performance. Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence. Poised to become the next A-list star with acting chops to match, Lawrence retains a scrappy, don’t-give-a-shit attitude that makes her youthfulness sexy without sounding impudent or disrespectful. Jessica Chastain absolutely knocks it out of the park in Zero Dark Thirty, but I feel like the Academy is going to reward her upstart colleague instead. Best Director: David O. Russell. Spielberg already has his Oscar, and Russell’s film has built a head of steam on the charm and talent of its actors, whom the extraordinarily gifted filmmaker coached to some remarkable performances. Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway. The moment she finished that uninterrupted tae where she sings her heart out, looking rumpled and broken and beautiful, the Academy already decided – even if they hadn’t seen the end result yet. Best Supporting Actor: Tommy Lee Jones is such a joyless S.O.B. that his performance in Lincoln seems more like typecasting than a terrific transformation, but it’s the kind of turn that the Academy likes – gruff and abrasive while retaining a charming edge, especially given the principle with which his character undertakes his formidable challenges in Lincoln.

What do you think of our picks? And who do you think will take home the gold? Let us know in the comments section below!

 

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