This Sunday we will get to watch the 84th edition of the Academy Awards, thought the years I have found great delight in predicting who the winners will be and this year will not be the exception, although many people claim that 2011 was a mediocre year for movies I believe we got a lot of quality films that will live in our memories for a long time. This years top nominee is "Hugo" with 11 nods, followed by "The Artist" (10), "Moneyball" and "Warhorse" (6) and "The Descendants" and "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" (5).
Here are my predictions for the 84th Academy Awards:
Who Should Win: The Artist
Who Will Win: The Artist
"The Artist" is easily the best film of 2011, it conveys a sense of glee and emotion that was not matched by any other film last year.
Who Should Win: Michel Hazanavicius for "The Artist"
Who Will Win: Michel Hazanavicius for "The Artist"
Putting a movie like "The Artist" together is certainly not an easy thing to do. The fact that this is a white-and-black, silent film and that it works on so many levels is something quite notable.
Who Should Win: Demian Bichir for "A Better Life"
Who Will Win: George Clooney for "The Descendants"
Knowing the Academy it would seem hard for them not to pick Clooney for his role as Matt King instead of Bichir who delivers a terrific performance in a very low-profile film.
Who Should Win: Viola Davis for "The Help"
Who Will Win: Meryl Streep for "The Iron Lady"
Viola already has an Oscar for supporting actress for her 3 minute performance in "Doubt", She will be up against another actress who appeared in this film, Meryl Streep, also known as Ms. Oscar.
Best Supporting Actor:
Who Should Win: Cristopher Plummet for "Beginners"
Who Will Win:Who Should Win: Cristopher Plummet for "Beginners"
There's really no competition here, Plummer has already won the Bafta and should be ready to deliver his acceptance speech.
Best Supporting Actress:
Who Should Win: Berenice Bejo for "The Artist"
Who Will Win: Jessica Chastain for "The Help"
Chastain had a killer year, being in "The Tree of Life" and 'Take Shelter". In "The Help" she delivers the performance of a lifetime but she will face fierce competition against Davis and Bejo.
Best Writing - Original Screenplay:
Who Should Win: Woody Allen for "Midnight In Paris"
Who Will Win: "Woody Allen for Midnight In Paris"
An excellent script that leaves you with a huge grin once the movie is over, the characters are rich, the dialogue is intelligent and the setting is beautiful.
Best Writing - Adapted Screenplay:
Who Should Win: "Moneyball"
Who Will Win: "The Descendants"
Excellent adaptation by Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings. Moneyball is an excellent story but I don't see it taking the award home over "The Descendants".
Who Should Win: "Chico and Rita"
Who Will Win: "Puss in Boots"
First time in a long, long time that a Pixar film is not nominated, should be a nice change of pace.
Best Foreign Language Film:
Who Should Win: "A Separation" (Iran)
Who Will Win: "A Separation" (Iran)
Critics all over the world raved over this Persi-language drama. "Bullhead" could come a close second.
Will I get them all right? I guess we will find out this Sunday, don't miss out the Academy Awards, starting at 7PM EST.