I was supposed to post this yesterday, but ran into a few snags. (excuses, excuses).
A few weeks ago, I posted my predictions on the Academy Awards, Hello Again, Oscar. As was the case from the prior year, I didn't do too well.
Let's see how bad a prognosticator I ended up being by listing the winners and comparing them to who I picked.
The Winner - Argo
My Pick - Lincoln
I picked Lincoln solely for fact that Ben Affleck was not nominated for Best Director for Argo, as Steven Spielberg was for Lincoln. Unusual for the Best Picture winner not to have its' director nominated.
Congrats to Affleck. Maybe one day he will be recognized as the great filmmaker he has become.
The Winner - Daniel Day - Lewis, Lincoln
My Pick - Daniel Day - Lewis, Lincoln
I got this one right, but it was a no brainer. DDL is the best actor today, if not ever. He seems to be a funny guy, as well. Maybe he will be in a comedy in the near future?
The Winner - Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
My Pick - Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Egg on my face. It was not very smart of me to say that Lawrence would not win this year. I'm not sure if the negative press about ZD30 hurt Chastain's chances, but it definitely didn't help.
Best Supporting Actor
The Winner - Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
My Pick - Alan Arkin, Argo
Waltz was brilliant. No doubt about that. Arkin, equally so, and I thought sentimentality would play a part in giving the older guy the statue. It has happened before.
Best Supporting Actress
The Winner - Anne Hathaway, Les Miserable
My Pick - Sally Field, Lincoln
off, I think Hathaway is very talented. She looks pretty good in a cat
suit, too. She was also great in Les Mis. However, with the strong field
of nominees, why would a actress in a musical remake garner such a
reward is beyond me. It's just my opinion.
The Winner - Ang Lee, The Life of Pi
My Pick - Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
Okay, I got this one half right. I said Lee should win it and he did. I also said Spielberg would win and he didn't. I don't pick against His Eminence is this category. I highly respect Lee, and would of picked him if wasn't for one of the influential filmmakers of my youth. If Affleck was nominated, and he should of been, I probably would of reconsidered.
Best Original Screenplay
The Winner - Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
My Pick - Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty
Why I go against, arguably, the best screenwriter ever? Because I tend to pick writers who are not directing the movie. Tarantino has said many times he considers himself a writer foremost. The script is brilliant, btw. You can legally download it for free here for those who are interested in reading it.
Best Adapted Screenplay
The Winner - Chris Terrio, Argo
My Pick - Chris Terrio, Argo
Well, I got this one right. I gave my sentiments on my earlier post. Though the Argo script is incredible, and you may read and download the PDF here, I may possibly have picked it because Terrio is a paisan who went to Harvard. I'm not saying that's the reason, just possible.
Best Animated Feature Film
The Winner - Brave
My Pick - Frankenweenie
My Son's Pick - Wreck - It Ralph
My Daughter's Pick - Brave
As I wrote earlier, I am a Tim Burton fan.
My five year old little girl is pretty smart. She says the Princess will win every time. Ask her which of the Disney Princesses is her favorite, she will reply: "All of them." She also like to see them in a movie together.
There you have it. Nine categories. Seven wrong and two right. Not very good. It was just for fun.
How did you do?