Don’t let the headline mislead you: I’m not stuck in December. The most wonderful time of the year for me is not Christmas, but awards season, and the mother of all American film award ceremonies is almost upon us.
Only five days until the glitz, the glam and the trophy shaped like a little man.
The Oscars are like the Super Bowl, but with prettier outfits and a much greater amount of interest on my part. Though I don’t always agree with the Academy’s choices, it’s just as fun to yell at the TV as it is to jump like a baby grasshopper when my favorites win.
This year, I think I may be grasshopper-ing more than wearing out my voice. It just so happens that a pretty good number of my favorite 2011 films are nominated.
Here’s what I’m hoping will happen on the highly-anticipated night. (Ed. note: I’ve only included categories that I feel capable of judging.)
Writing (Original Screenplay): Please, please, PLEASE let Midnight in Paris win! This was my favorite film of the year and may even be my favorite Woody Allen film. Beyond my own ability to relate to Gil Pender, Woody has created a really fantastic, captivating world through his screenplay — a world where you can hop into a totally awesome old car and end up in the 1920s, where you can hang with Cole Porter and Scott Fitzgerald, where you can get your work critiqued by Gertrude Stein and then hop back to the real world to go shopping with your fiance’s snooty mom. I might cry if it doesn’t win. I will definitely cry if it loses to Bridesmaids.
Writing (Adapted Screenplay): I actually haven’t read any of the works that the nominated films are based on, so maybe I’m not the best judge for this category. I’m pulling for Hugo, but I think The Descendants has a better chance at it.
Directing: Call me predictable, but I’m team Hazanavicius. The Artist was so, so brilliant. My second choice is, also predictably, Midnight in Paris.
Costume Design: I’m going to have to go with The Artist again. I’m no fashion expert but the costumes were beautiful and, as far as I could tell, historically accurate.
Actress in a Supporting Role: I will be happy with Berenice Bejo, Jessica Chastain or Octavia Spencer. Jessica is my top choice because she impressed me in all of her films this year and has become one of my favorite living actresses. But all three of these ladies were on point.
Actor in a Supporting Role: I’m pulling for Max von Sydow. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close had its problems, but von Sydow was fantastic in his role. I must also admit that I haven’t seen Moneyball, Warrior, or Beginners and I didn’t like My Week With Marilyn in the least.
Actress in a Leading Role: I’m rooting for Viola Davis. She’s an amazing woman. I know a lot of people had a problem with The Help, but the whole cast was so effective. When you have a cast that great it’s hard for a single performer to steal the show, but Viola and Octavia definitely stole the show among a truckload of solid performances. I’m glad they’re getting the recognition they deserve for their talent, even if the film didn’t please everyone.
Actor in a Leading Role: Jean Dujardin is my pick! I think he has a really good shot, too. I watch a lot of silent film, and it takes a special breed of actor to be able to pull off a silent performance effectively. Dujardin is not only effective, but aces that role with flying colors. I loved The Artist as a whole, but he was certainly one of my favorite parts of it. He’s got the charisma of Gene Kelly and the charm of Cary Grant on screen.
Best Picture: Midnight in Paris was my favorite film of the year, so half of my heart wants it to win, but I know the chances are slim. The Artist also captivated me, and I would be more than happy to see it win. The Help boasts an amazing cast, and I wouldn’t be disappointed if it won. Hugo is one of the most enchanting and visually stunning films I’ve seen in recent years. The Descendants was good, and quite worthy of accolades, though I don’t think it was truly the best film of the year. This category is really up in the air for me.
The 84th Academy Awards air next Sunday (Feb. 26) at 7 p.m. EST on ABC.
Who do you think will win? Who do you think should win? Share your predictions and favorites in the comments!