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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Oscar Predictions-Film Awards (i)

  • Best Director
Most likely winner :  Steven Spielberg  for Lincoln. Leaving out Ben Affleck, Kathryn Bigelow and Quentin Tarantino pretty much made this Spielberg's to lose. And doesn't reflect too well on the Academy either.

Backup Pick :  David O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook. The production company of Weinstein have been campaigning hard for this and it's a good film with the acting performances set up well. The thing about best director is it's the easiest award to give to someone the academy likes because it's ambiguous and the academy doesn't really love Russell.

Most deserving :   Michel Haneke for Amour. Haneke has the most carefully crafted film here. All in all it is definitely his film in every scene. His presence is all around the film and it is an excellent film. If they give it for the greatest impact a director has on the film, this is it.

  • Best Adapted Screenplay
Most likely winner : Lincoln from Tony Kushner from Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin. I haven't read the book but everything about this screenplay is excellent and with the hype surrounding this film it should win. Every line of dialogue is perfect and sends the movie forward while building upon the past scenes. Excellent composition to create suspense and anxiety even when we all know the outcomes in this story.

Backup Pick : Silver Linings Playbook from David O. Russell from The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick. Significantly different from the novel, this one definitely is an adaptation. I found the dialogue representative of mental disorder and that realism portrayed in every scene. But even then love stories are hard to write without being cliche. And this film avoids every cliche while still embracing the universality of love.

Most deserving (My pick): Life of Pi from  David Magee from Life of Pi by Yann Martel. I always like it when a good book becomes a good film (doesn't happen too often, Revolutionary Road and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy come to mind recently). I read this book about 15 times before the movie came out and the movie lived up and matched every mental visual I had from the book.

  • Best Original Screenplay
Most likely winner : Amour by Michael Haneke. A very un-Haneke film in the sense that it isn't cold and remote but about the universal human experiences of love and death. It's an original view, to me anyway, about dealing with suffering of a loved one, and though it isn't the cold Haneke film you still get the sense he's addressing some of the same themes of isolation and desperation.

Backup Pick : Django Unchained by Quentin Tarantino. Tarantino making homages to his favourite genres. Again. I hope he does a sci-fi or spy film homage next. Every time he writes a screenplay you can see how much hours of watching genre films he has done, because his films capture the moments that you expect, those moments that make a genre film what they are. Perfect homage to the spaghetti western.

Most deserving (My pick): Moonrise Kingdom by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola. Wes Anderson writes strange films about strange families. And they're very good. This one is about summer time and summer camps and those times where so much seems to happen so quickly. The focus on the children is especially great because it serves somewhat as an idea of what the adults in Wes Anderson's films were like as children.


  1. Great list. Lincoln was amazing. I agree with Life of Pi for screenplay. Did not read the book but it was beautifully done. I was told that it really did match up to expectations by those who did.

  2. I got every single prediction I was better at picking the acting awards (75%). Doesn't say much for my forensic analysis of screenplays.

    1. Maybe next year will be a better one for you :P