The Oscars: Who I Want to Win

24 Feb

11 p.m. Update: I’ve entirely bolded the ones from my list that won in the categories I chose them in. I hope everyone had a great night! 

Okay. So I’m not normally into award shows, but I LOVEEEEE the Oscars, so I’m super excited for tonight.

Today I’m posting the 85th Academy Award Nominees that I want to win, along with why. I’d love to hear what you think! Click here to look at the list yourself.

Best Picture: Lincoln: I have to admit I haven’t seen all the movies on the list, but I found this one to be well-done and historical, which can be difficult when you have so much to cover. (P.S. This is NOT the vampire Lincoln movie. Haha.)

Actor in Leading Role: Hugh Jackman in Les Miserables: I think this competition will come down between Jackman and Washington, but Jackman, in my opinion, had a more difficult role due to the singing, acting, and costumes. (But mainly his singing.)

Actress in Leading Role: Quvenzhane Wellis in Beasts of the Southern Wind: I really respect such a young girl taking on such an important role in a very interesting and challenging movie. However, I have to admit she probably won’t win, because the acting in this particular movie is different compared to the others. I want to show my support for her bravery.

Acting in Supporting Role: Christoph Waltz in Django Unchained: I still cannot get over how brilliant Waltz was in this movie. If I can be bold, I think he made the entire movie. I loved him, and, as a writer, I envy the brilliant work done to create such an amazing character come to life.

Actress in Supporting Role: Anne Hathaway in Les Misérables: I, personally, don’t like Les Miserables. (I know. I know. I’m a horrible person.) But I haven’t liked it ever since I read it, so it was really hard for me to enjoy the movie (since it is, ultimately, the reading.) However, I can still appreciate the wonderful work they put behind it, and Hathaway deserves an award for her short-lived life in Les Miserables.

Animated Feature Film: Brave: How could I not love this movie??? I do love ParaNorman (I did a review on it here) but I think Brave ultimately blows it away.

CinematographyDjango Unchained: I think it’s going to be between this movie and Anna Karenina, but I have to pick Django Unchained. In the end, I’d think Anna Karenina would win, because Django Unchained is controversial, but I saw both, and I think Django Unchained had more unique camera work.

Costume Design: Anna Karenina: The dress was beautiful, striking, and elegant. I loved it all.

Directing: Beasts of the Southern Wild: If you’ve seen the movie, you know it has a documentary feel to it. I thought this was unique and effective in the ultimate piece, so I want to support this flick.

Documentary Feature: I’m not familiar enough to pick.

Is it egotistical to drink a bottle of wine with your name on it??? Oh, well. I need something to accompany me to The Oscars

Is it egotistical to drink a bottle of wine with your name on it??? Oh, well. I need something to accompany me to The Oscars

Documentary Short: I’m not familiar enough to pick.

Film Editing: Zero Dark Thirty: I think this is hard to judge as viewers, because we don’t know everything that goes behind the scenes, but I really think this movie deserves an award in this instance.

Foreign Language Film: Amour: Honestly, it’s the only one I’m familiar with, but it’s lovely.

Makeup and Hairstyling: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: I think it’s between this and Les Miserables, but I think The Hobbit should get this based on how much harder (I think) it must be to do makeup and hair on fantasy characters.

Music: Original Score: Skyfall: I love Adele. End of story.

Music: Original Song: Skyfall: …I…love…Adele…

Production Design: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: I really enjoyed the overall look of this movie, but I also liked Anna Karenina in this particular topic.

Short Film: Animated: I’m not familiar with these.

Short Film: Live Action: I’m not familiar with these.

Sound Editing: Argo: Again, this is a hard topic to choose, because we don’t know everything that went down behind the scenes, but I’m going with Argo, because it deserves an award too.

Sound Mixing: Les Miserables.

Visual EffectsThe Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: There was some magnificent visuals in this film.

Writing: Adapted Screenplay: Argo: What a story to share. Seriously. It’s historical, and it’s shocking.

Writing: Original Screenplay: Moonrise Kingdom: I think something else will probably win in this category, but I LOVEEE Moonrise Kingdom, and I’d love it even more to see it succeed in The Oscars.

So who do you want to win?? I’d love to hear, and I can’t wait to find out who does tonight 😀


15 Responses to “The Oscars: Who I Want to Win”

  1. The Animation Commendation February 24, 2013 at 12:28 am #

    Every year, I make my predictions list! Let’s see how accurate I am this year!

  2. Emma February 24, 2013 at 5:36 am #

    I loved Argo.
    I haven’t seen most of the nominated movies.

  3. Simon Mernagh February 24, 2013 at 8:37 am #

    Great picks!

    I can empathise with your dislike of Les Mis, I’ve never suffered so much in a cinema before! Absolutely painful. Hathaway was decent however (she was the only one with capable pipes really) and will almost certainly win Best Supporting Actress. Interesting choice of Jackman over Daniel Day-Lewis for Best Lead Male!

    I see you’re unfamiliar with the documentaries. I would HEARTILY recommend you give ‘How to Survive a Plague’ a look. It’s a riveting feature on the AIDS crisis of the 80s, and perhaps the best documentary I’ve ever seen.


    PS Argo can’t win enough awards!

    • Shannon Thompson February 24, 2013 at 11:37 am #

      Thanks for the recommendation! I’ll be sure to check out “How to Survive a Plague.” And, yes, Argo is amazing!

  4. slepsnor February 24, 2013 at 9:13 am #

    I always vote for Robin Williams in every category. I’m never right. 🙂

    • Shannon Thompson February 24, 2013 at 11:38 am #

      Haha! I love him. (Especially in Flubber and Good Will Hunting.)

      • slepsnor February 24, 2013 at 11:43 am #

        Those were good. I’m more of a Mrs. Doubtfire and Aladdin fan. Though, I’ve seen some of his old stand-up and it’s crazier than his movies. I firmly believe that Robin Williams could be used an alternative power source.

      • Shannon Thompson February 24, 2013 at 11:44 am #

        Aladdin is my favorite! I forget he was the genie, because I was so young when it came out. However, I do own the DVD, and now I don’t have an excuse.
        Aladdin is the best. 😀 Thanks for the reminder. I’ll have to watch it soon now

      • slepsnor February 24, 2013 at 11:52 am #

        It’s definitely one of my favorites. I’m always torn between that and Sword in the Stone.

  5. BABYBOOMER johanna van zanten February 24, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

    I am not into the American die-hard style of movies, so I am not a good judge of what is going on at the Oscars. I liked Lincoln, as he was played by Day-Lewis, but did not like the gory and unnecessary battle scenes. It is furthermore too straight laced for my taste with a neatly tied up story line. Just one comment: I am not understanding why the movie Life of Pi is missing in this line-up, the ultimate literray movie.
    NB I did a blog post about movies and saw Argo as negative in the way it portrayed the locals as crazies. Not very subtle. I can see it from the other side: the US has a devastating history of invading other nations for their own profit. Go figure…

  6. WyndyDee February 24, 2013 at 10:16 pm #

    Reblogged this on Wyndy Dee and commented:
    I didn’t get them watched! 😦

    • Shannon Thompson February 24, 2013 at 10:19 pm #

      Thank you for reblogging, and it’s still on for 20 minutes. They haven’t announced the best picture of the year yet.


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