Ladies and gents, the Oscars are coming!
The Academy’s picks for the best of the best in movies will be announced, and devoted fans everywhere will stomp their feet, throw popcorn at the screen and complain for a week as their favorite nominees are passed over for awards — at least I will be.
I can’t call an Oscar win to save my life. Or maybe it’s because the Academy and I consistently disagree about what deserves a win. In any case, I act like a two-year old when I call it wrong, and plenty of other people treat the Oscars with the same passion a football fan treats the Super Bowl.
Nonetheless, here are my 10 favorite categories and my picks for each one.
If you’d like to get in on the fun, look next to this piece for the entire list of categories and nominees. Choose one winner for each category and turn it back in to the TNL office in Room 113 of the Student Union by Feb. 22 at 5 p.m.
Those guessing the most correct winners will snag free movie tickets.
If there are other contestants with the same number of wins, they get a pair too!
TNL staff and volunteers are not eligible.
Here’s hoping I call a few right this year or have matured from my popcorn-flinging fiasco of last year, at least.
Behold, my favorite categories:
Best Picture: “Life of Pi” – I’d love for “Les Mis” to win, but I don’t think it will. “Life of Pi” seems a bit more realistic and deserves it.
Best Actor: Denzel Washington – “Flight” was, in my opinion, fantastic, and most of that came from Washington’s performance.
Best Actress: Jessica Chastain – “Zero Dark Thirty” isn’t a movie I’m fond of, but her acting was top-notch and pretty emotional. Props.
Best Supporting Actor: Robert De Niro – No words are needed.
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway – I have never cried while listening to “I Dreamed a Dream,” and she is so tragic in “Les Mis” that I tear up every time. Solid win in my book.
Best Animated Feature Film: “Wreck-It Ralph” – “ParaNorman” is to be commended for its inclusion of an openly gay supporting character, but “Wreck-It Ralph” was fun, full of nerd references from old-school games that adults can relate to and also quite touching. It deserves an Oscar nod.
Best Costume Design: “Mirror Mirror” – The costumes are bold, bright, imaginative and plentiful. They help transport you to a fairytale world and remind you not to take it too seriously.
Best Director: Ang Lee – “Life of Pi” was too amazing for him not to be recognized for. This film is truly the best as far as directing goes.
Best Music (Original Score): “Skyfall” – No particular reason, I just like this one the most.
Best Music (Original Song): “Safe and Sound” – I know, I know, this one wasn’t even nominated, but it should have been. How can a song this soothing, sad and strangely hopeful be overlooked? I get chills every time I hear it. I’m sure “Pi’s Lullaby” from “Life of Pi” will probably win, but please tell me I’m not the only one to think it’s an injustice that “Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from “Ted” got a nomination when “Safe and Sound” from “The Hunger Games” didn’t?!
The 85th Academy Awards ceremony will show on ABC on Sunday, Feb. 24.