Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Projector: Oscar Nominations Edition

It's Hollywood's Super Bowl, the single biggest night in show business, the Emmys Grammys Tonys CableACE Academy Awards. And while 24 trophies are doled out during the often interminable broadcast, the focus is clearly on the Big Six: Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, and the two Supporting statuettes. Here are my locks listed in order of strength of nomination as we approach the 8:30a EST unveiling:

Best Picture (Predicting 8 nominees)
1. Lincoln
2. Les Misérables
3. Argo
4. Zero Dark Thirty
5. Silver Linings Playbook
6. Life of Pi
7. Django Unchained
8. The Master
9. Skyfall
10. The Dark Knight Rises

Next in line
Moonrise Kingdom
Beasts of the Southern Wild


Best Director
1. Ben Affleck (Argo)
2. Steven Spielberg (Lincoln)
3. Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty)
4. Tom Hooper (Les Misérables)
5. Ang Lee (Life of Pi)

Next in line
Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained)
David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)


Best Actor
1. Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
2. Hugh Jackman (Les Misérables)
3. Joaquin Phoenix (The Master)
4. Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook)
5. Richard Gere (Arbitrage)

Next in line
John Hawkes (The Sessions)
Denzel Washington (Flight)


Best Actress
1. Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty)
2. Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)
3. Emmanuelle Riva (Amour)
4. Naomi Watts (The Impossible)
5. Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild)

Next in line
Helen Mirren (Hitchcock)
Marion Cotillard (Rust and Bone)


Best Supporting Actor
1. Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master)
2. Alan Arkin (Argo)
3. Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln)
4. Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained)
5. Robert De Niro (Silver Linings Playbook)

Next in line
Leonardo DiCaprio (Django Unchained)
Javier Bardem (Skyfall)
Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty)


Best Supporting Actress
1. Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables)
2. Sally Field (Lincoln)
3. Helen Hunt (The Sessions)
4. Amy Adams (The Master)
5. Judi Dench (Skyfall)

Next in line
Samantha Barks (Les Misérables)
Nicole Kidman (The Paperboy)