Ali Predicts the 2013 Oscars

Well, my friends, it’s that time of year again! I know what you’re thinking. You’re probably thinking, “Ali, the Oscars won’t be until Feb 24th!” This is true. However, the Oscar hopefuls always come out during the 4th quarter of the year. Now, I consider myself a movie buff extreme and have been closely watching and researching the films coming out within the next few months. So today, I thought I’d give you my Oscar nomination and winner predictions for 2013. None of these movies have come out yet (except in film festivals), so I’ll be basing my opinion on reviews, articles, and the movie trailers. Before I start, I’d just like to say that there is some stiff competition this year so I’ll be arguing my case for my predictions. Also, I suggest you watch the trailer before reading my comments. I’ll start first with the Blockbusters. The steamrollers of film that will undoutedly get SOMETHING. Then I’m gonna throw in my Indie Favs, AKA ‘the little engines who could’, followed by the Wildcards.

The Blockbusters:

1. Cloud Atlas

Notable Actors: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Sturgess,  Hugo Weaving, Hugh Grant, Jim Broadbent, and Susan Sarandon.

Now, if you are staring at your computer screen asking yourself, “What the heck is this movie about?!”, don’t worry. I’m halfway through the book and am still trying to figure it out. To put it simply (very simply), the movie crosses six timelines/vignettes showing how everything and everyone is inexplicably connected. This movie sports a star-studded cast who play 2 to 3 different characters. Some even change races throughout the film. This movie is already getting Oscar buzz for the acting, cinematography, direction, and screenplay. Best Screenplay may be a given at the Oscars simply because the book was thought to be ‘unfilmable’. As an actual reader, I can tell you this: if they pull this off, this movie is going to take home every single Oscar in every category. Just watch.

2. Lincoln

Notable Actors: Daniel Day-Lewis, Joseph Gordan Levitt, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, Jared Harris, and Lee Pace.

 Seriously. This man poops Oscars. I’m already calling him taking Best Actor for his portrayal of the President. I think this movie has a extremely good chance of getting a Best Picture nom as well as nominations for it’s supporting cast. Also, Spielberg will most likely get a Best Director nom. That’s a given.

3. Argo

Notable Actors: Ben Affleck, John Goodman, Bryan Cranston, and Alan Arkin.

Ben Affleck has been really perfecting his craft these last few years. Behind AND in front of the camera. His movie “The Town” recieved a nomination (Best Supporting Actor Nom- Jeremy Renner) in 2010, and he is bringing his same skill and talent to his new film as he fills the role of director, producer, and lead actor. I don’t know if Affleck will get a Best Director nom for this but this film will prove he has come a LONG way from Pearl Harbor and an Oscar isn’t too far out of his reach.

4. Django Unchained

Notable Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, Jonah Hill, Christoph Waltz, and Samuel L. Jackson.

I dislike all Quentin Tarantino movies and I probably won’t see this movie unless someone pays for my ticket, however, I know how to appreciate art whether it speaks to me or not. That’s what Tarantino movies are: Art. It’s just the kind that makes no sense to me. So I’m not going to say much more on this movie other than the fact if we can take anything from the success of Inglourious Basterds (2009) and Tarantino’s other cult classics, Django Unchained is a movie to be watched.

5. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Notable Actors: Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchette, Hugo Weaving, and Ian McKlellan.

Just when you thought you saw the last of the Lord of the Rings, they go and make the prequel. The trilogy always had a fair amount of Oscar buzz so it’s safe to assume The Hobbit will garner some as well. My bet is mainly in cinematography and editing.

6. Trouble With The Curve

Notable Actors: Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, and Justin Timberlake.

Yes, that’s right, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE. I’m a big fan of his SNL appearances but I’m not sure he’ll be able to hold his own amongst Mr. Eastwood (Respect.). Every Oscars needs a sports flick (see Moneyball) and this movie reminds me a lot of Gran Torino, which had a lot of praise. Interesting fact: This is Clint’s first film that he’s NOT directing in years.

7. Life of Pi

Notable Actors: Suraj Sharma

You’ve probably heard of this book. I’ll actually be impressed if you’ve actually read it (though I think some schools required it…). Any movie based on a best selling novel automatically has good odds of getting a nom, though there are exceptions (i.e. The Lovely Bones). They could also pull the “Slumdog Millionaire” card and take a couple of the big awards. Being directed by Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Brokeback Mountain, etc.) gives this film a boost as well.

8. The Master

Notable Actors: Amy Adams, Joaquin Phoenix, and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

This movie will definately get some Best Actor/Supporting Actor noms. Phoenix really has nailed the “crazy guy” character. Well done, sir.

The Independants:

1. Silver Linings Playbook

Notable Actors: Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert DiNiro, Chris Tucker, and Julia Styles.

This is just a cute film. Plus, anyone movie featuring a character suffering from a mentail disorder automatically gets pitty votes, but if the trailer can tell us anything, I know that this film isn’t going for funny, it’s going for ‘endearing’. If we still had a Best Comedy category, they’d for sure get a nom. My bet is that they’ll garner a lot of Golden Globe success but miss out on the Oscars.

2. The Impossible

Notable Actors: Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor.

This may be my favorite indie film to come out this year. I think it looks fantastic. So much so, I think it just might have a chance of getting some award buzz. What do you think?

3. The Sessions

Notable Actors: Helen Hunt, William H. Macy, and John Hawkes.

This film has recieved a lot of acclaim from the Sundance Film Festival, especially for Helen Hunt, who I think could nab a Best Actress nom if the movie can enter the mainstream circuit. Plus, sex sells.

4. Beasts of a Southern Wild

Notable Actors: Quvenzhané Wallis

I have heard so many great things about this movie. This little girl should recieve Best Actress nomination if anything. This film is the ultimate little engine that could.

The Wildcards

1. Les Miserables

Notable Actors: Hugh Jackman, Russel Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Amanda Seyfried, Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, and Samantha Banks.

Musicals are hard. This movie could either epically BOMB or be known as the greatest movie-musical of all time. No pressure.

2. Wreck-It Ralph

Notable Actors: John C. Reilly,Jane Lynch, and Sarah Silverman.

Yes. An anminated movie. Sometimes, though rare, an animated movie has entered the ring for Best Picture (Toy Story 3 and Up). I think this film will defeinately be nominated for Best Animated film, but if it could go farther remains to be seen. As long as it beats Brave, I’ll be happy (I did not like that movie).

3. Looper

Notable Actors: Joseph Gordan-Levitt, Bruce Willis, and Emily Blunt.

Maybe, just maybe, this movie has a shot. I’m a huge sci-fi/Bruce Willis fan (rent Twelve Monkeys) and this movie seems to be pretty legit. It will atleast grab a nom for best makeup for JGL’s portrayal of a younger Willis, but does it have what it takes to contend with the Blockbusters? Sadly, I find it unlikely.

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