By Pete Mason
After a year of reviewing films for Nippertown, its time for some Oscar predictions.
Best Motion Picture of the Year
Will Win: “Argo.” It was the most captivating film of the year, brought us back to the Iranian Revolution and the impact on Americans. Ben Affleck made a great film and deserves the award.
Should Win: “Amour,” an incredible film about death and commitment.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Will Win: Daniel Day Lewis as Abraham Lincoln. Because he is good at acting.
Should Win: Daniel Day Lewis. When he’s nominated, he’s a virtual lock.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Will Win: Emmanuelle Riva. Few saw “Amour,” but if you saw it, you would see that the performance of the 84-year-old actress as she slowly dies is far better than Jennifer Lawrence, who was good, not great in “Silver Linings Playbook.”
Should Win: Riva. She was that good.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Will Win: Tommy Lee Jones. He played Thaddeus Stevens to a T amid the internal struggle he had to face during the passage of the 13th amendment.
Should Win: Philip Seymour Hoffman. He was “The Master” of his film, for a reason.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Will Win: Anne Hathaway. I didn’t see “Les Mis,” but at this point, she’s practically assured.
Should Win: Amy Adams. The cunning and biting wife of Hoffman in “The Master.”
Best Achievement in Directing
Will Win: Steven Spielberg, because everyone loved “Lincoln,” and there’s no reason to not throw some accolades his way.
Should Win: Ben Affleck. But since he wasn’t even nominated, Ang Lee. “Life of Pi” was one of the most complicated films, and Lee made it look seamless.
Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
Will Win: “Django Unchained.” Tarantino is a great director, but an even more brilliant writer.
Should Win: “Django Unchained.”
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
Will Win: “Lincoln.” The complicated subject matter was made to fit to the screen with ease thanks to Kushner.
Should Win: “Lincoln.”
Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
Will Win: “Amour.” It won everywhere else. This film is that good.
Should Win: “Amour”
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
Will Win: “Argo.” The score was so thrilling – it kept you on the edge of your seat even when the on screen action had already done that.
Should Win: “Argo.”
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song
Will Win: “Skyfall.” Adele nailed it.
Should Win: I didn’t hear any other song except the one from “Ted,” and I’m still going with “Skyfall.”
Best Short Film, Animated
Will Win: “Paperman.” See for yourself why…
Should Win: “Paperman”
Best Short Film, Live Action
Will Win: “Curfew.” Suicide and finding purpose in life were never displayed better in 20 minutes.
Should Win: “Curfew,” although “Asad” was really good, too.