Oscar Predictions: It's Never Too Early

Categories: Oscars

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Just like it's already Christmas in certain department stores, the Oscar predix business happens to be in full swing, with GoldDerby.com asking us pundits for our premature (I mean extremely mature) guesses as to who will get nominated.

Here are mine as of this very moment.

Bear in mind that I haven't seen most of these flicks, and for all I know, some of them haven't even been finished yet.


1. War Horse
2. The Descendants
3. J. Edgar
4. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
5. The Help
6. Midnight in Paris
7. The Tree of Life
8. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
9. Young Adult
10. Coriolanus


1. Steven Spielberg, War Horse
2. Alexander Payne, The Descendants
3. Clint Eastwood, J. Edgar
4. David Fincher, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
5. Terrence Malick, Tree of Life


1. Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar
2. George Clooney, The Descendants
3. Michael Fassbender, Shame
4. Brad Pitt, The Tree of Life
5. Ralph Fiennes, Coriolanus


1. Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
2. Viola Davis, The Help
3. Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
4. Charlize Theron, Young Adult
5. Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs

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J. Edgar looks painful.  I cannot see any real person but Leo, even in those prosthetics.  If he is nominated and Gary Oldman yet again disappearing into his role as George Smiley is not, that will be my annual pissed at Oscar politics.  

Meryl may be nominated but I think The Iron Lady may be incredibly polarizing.  Best PictureWar Horse, The Descendants, J. Edgar (It is still Oscar bait), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (I am eagerly awaiting this), A Dangerous Method, The Tree of Life (to prove they like the artsy fare), Young Adult (because the Academy loves them Jason Reitman half-backed dramadies), Midnight in Paris, The Artist, and Moneyball

Best ActorMichael Fassbender (Shame), Gary Oldman (TTSS), Leonardo DiCaprio (because he got pushed to be some acting thespian for the last 8 years), George Clooney (The Descendants), and Brad Pitt (Moneyball)

Best ActressTilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin), Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady), Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn), Charlize Theron (Young Adult), and Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo).  

Best Supporting ActorViggo Mortensen (A Dangerous Method), Armie Hammer (J. Edgar), Christopher Plummer (Beginners), Kenneth Branagh (My Week with Marilyn), and Christopher Plummer (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (okay too much to have him as a double-nominee in the category?  I think one of those performances will be nominated).  

Best Supporting ActressKiera Knightley (A Dangerous Method), Jessica Chastain (The Tree of Life), Viola Davis (The Help), Octavia Spencer (The Help), and Judi Dench (J. Edgar- they lurve Dame Judi).  

Best DirectorDavid Fincher (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Steven Spielberg (War Horse), Nicolas Wanding Refn (Drive- this is wishful thinking but I think only Fincher can challenge him in best directing job), Terence Malick (The Tree of Life), and Clint Eastwood (J. Edgar).   

Best Animated FeatureThe Adventures of Tin Tin, Winnie the Pooh, and Rango


I like Leo, but I watched the trailer and I'm not sure the voice was there.  The Brits hold a lot of sway -- there are so many of them who are members of the academy (How else do you explain SLumdog's and King's Speech wins.  As for Meryl, she's LONG overdue and should have won three at least since Sophie, but this is gonna be a TOUGH sledding.


My Picks:

Best Actor:Leo DiCaprio (J. Edgar)Brad Pitt (Tree of Life)Michael Fassbender (Shame)Daniel Craig (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)Jean Dujardin (The Artist)

Best Actress:Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)Viola Davis (The Help)Catherine Deneve (The Beloved)Bernice Bejo (The Artist)Glenn Close (Alfred Nobbs)

Best Supporting Actor:Sean Penn (Tree of Life)Gerard Butler (Coriolanus)Kenneth Branagh (My Week with Marilyn)Stellan Skarsgard (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)Armie Hammer (J. Edgar)

Best Supporting Actress:Octavia Spencer (The Help)Carey Mulligan (Shame)Vanessa Redgrave (Coriolanus)Kathy Bates (Midnight in Paris)Shailene Woodley (The Descendants)


WIN WIN  was a wonderful film just out on DVD.  It deserves to be remembered, especially for the screenplay.  POTICHE with Catherine Deneuve was charming and Kathy Bates deserves an Oscar for her brava supporting turn as Gertrude Stein in MIDNIGHT IN PARIS.


Gerard Butler: Machine Gun PreacherGerard Butler: CoriolanusBMachine Gun Preacher : Best Picture


No nominations for W.E.??


Tilda has no chance and Michele is reportedly not that great. She's better in another film that just got raves which they should rush into release.


The competition is gonna be real tough this year, especially for the best Actress.  I can't see DiCaprio pulling off Hoover though. His voice is still too boyish.  For Actress, you leave out Tilda Swinton and Michele WIlliams, among others.  I believe Streep is vulnerable.  The early British viewers hated the film and didn't care much for her.  Don't think Brad Pitt will make it for Tree of Life, but he might for Moneyball.  You also ignore Jean Dujardin for The Artist and Gary Oldman (finally) for Tinker, Tailor....  Also The Artist is gonna be just the kind of oddball film Hollywood will take to.  Ad it to your Best Picture list.


You must have confused this with the Golden Razzies.

Narayan Divya88
Narayan Divya88

Leo DiCaprio will win the Oscar for Best Actor (he has also been nominated three times previously). As for his voice being too 'boyish', there's something known as 'voice modulation' (sure you've heard of that??), for which a voice-coach, and a dialogue coach would come in extremely handy. Besides, Leo's got more than enough talent and skill to convincingly and successfully pull off the portrayal of J.Edgar.

As far as Meryl Streep is concerned, the Academy is not really bothered by whether the Brits hated the film or not (as if the Brits run Hollywood!), unless of course, you hate her personally. She's always been an Oscar favorite, and I can see Oscar nomination # 17 for her, come Jan 2012. 

Gary Oldman's nomination (if it happens) will be an extremely interesting one. Will the American audiences and critics totally embrace his portrayal of George Smiley (American reactions matter the most)? Or will the Academy nominate him simply because they HAVE to ('we finally nominated him, so shut up'), therefore they have no choice? Honestly, he has no chance of winning.