Every year I post my picks of who I wish would win in nine of the major Oscar categories. Since the Oscars are tomorrow, I figured I’d better hurry and do so. This isn’t necessarily who I predict to win, just the ones that I think should.
Normally, I’m really good at seeing the majority of the nominated movies before Oscar night. This year I haven’t seen most of them which makes me sad. What makes me even more sad is that I don’t really want to see a lot of them: War Horse, Moneyball, and even Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close don’t tickle my fancy at all. I’m sure I’ll see them one day, but for now here are my votes:
Out of the nominated Best Pictures I would really like to see The Artist win, even though I loved Midnight in Paris.
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed Midnight in Paris and I would love to see Woody Allen to win another Oscar.
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
If George Clooney wins for The Descendants there will be serious eye rolls where I’m at. He’s a great actor just like Julia Roberts is a great actress… I guess. It’s not that I don’t like him, I just see George Clooney saying different lines in every movie he’s in. I don’t see the character. The Descendants feels like Michael Clayton: I Left My Job and Now I’m Living on the Beach. I really hope Jean Dujardin wins for The Artist. Carrying a silent movie on your shoulders, especially in this day and age, is nearly impossible and he did it.
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
This category is a really tough one for me. Meryl Streep hasn’t won an Oscar in years and probably deserves to win for her performance in The Iron Lady. I love Viola Davis and she was wonderful in The Help, but I didn’t feel like it was a very difficult role for her to play. Michelle Williams defied a lot of naysayers by tackling the role of Marilyn Monroe, a task most actresses wouldn’t even dare try to do. I’m crossing my fingers for this one.
Best Supporting Actor
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
I really loved Beginners. From the lovely Mélanie Laurent to that adorable dog, this movie was a hit. Christopher Plummer delivered a beautiful performance and I just know he’ll win.
Best Supporting Actress
Jessica Chastain, The Help
I am SO glad Melissa McCarthy was nominated for Bridesmaids and Octavia Spencer gave the most memorable performance from The Help. But with The Tree of Life, Take Shelter, The Debt, Coriolanus, and The Help Jessica Chastain had an unprecedented year full of five unique and diverse performances, and she truly shined in The Help.
Best Original Screenplay
Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids
Bridesmaids was easily one of my favorite movies of the year. Clever as always, Kristen Wiig wrote a great movie. And the thought of this winning an Oscar makes me really happy.
Best Adapted Screenplay
George Clooney, Grant Heslov & Beau Willimon, The Ides of March
I was really impressed with The Ides of March. It was a captivating political thriller and I was glad to see it recognized. I hope it wins.
Best Animated Feature
I liked Kung Fu Panda 2 which was unexpected, but I want Rango to win.