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Phil Henson’s Academy Award (Oscar) Predictions 2013


Phil Henson’s Academy Award (Oscar) Predictions 2013

You don’t need me to tell you that this has been an exceptional year for film. When I first watched Argo I was adamant that it would win best picture, and perhaps best director – alas it was not nominated for the latter category.

The hardest class to predict this year is best supporting Actor. I thought that Christopher Waltz was fantastic in Django unchained (as did BAFTA and the Golden Globes) and he must be the favourite, but I thought Philip Seymour Hoffman was wonderful in The MasterTommy Lee Jones is another strong contender for his role as Thaddeus Stevens in Lincoln.

There are many more excellent films that will be overlooked at the Oscars this year which I would urge you to check out:

  • Wes Anderson‘s Moonrise Kingdom is an imaginative film which brought some memorable performances (Wes Anderson’s films always do) – alas it it slightly overshadowed by other films this year.
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild is another original film and screenplay which was beautifully directed with a superb performance from Quvenzhane Wallis.

I have to give a big cheer to British Film Les Miserables as it was great to see Greenwich used as a location so effectively.

Here are my thoughts on who may win this evening. I have put a star next to the winners that I am the most sure of.

BEST PICTURE

Argo*

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Daniel Day-Lewis* (Surely a knighthood beckons! Arise Sir Daniel?)

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Philip Seymour Hoffman

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Emmanuelle Riva* (Happy Birthday by the way!)

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Anne Hathaway*

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Silver Linings Playbook*

Screenplay by David O. Russel

Writing (Original Screenplay)

Django unchained*

Written by Quentin Tarantino

ANIMATED FILM

Wreck-it Ralph

Cinematography

Life of Pi – Claudio Miranda

Costume Design

Anna Karenina – Jacqueline Durran

Directing

Beasts of the Southern Wild – Benh Zeitlin

Documentary Feature

Searching for sugar man – Malik Bendjelloul and Simon Chinn*

Documentary Short Subject

Mondays at Racine – Cynthia Wade and Robin Honan

Film Editing

Argo – William Goldenberg

Foreign Language Film

Amour – Austria*

Makeup and hairstyling

Les Misérables – Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell

Music (Original Score)

Argo – Alexandre Desplat

Music (Original Song)

Skyfall – Music and Lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth*

Production Design

Les Misérables

Production Design: Eve Stewart*

Set Decoration: Anna Lynch-Robinson*

Short Film (Animated)

Adam And dog – Minkyu Lee

Short Film (Live Action)

Asad – Bryan Buckley and Mino Jarjoura

Sound Editing

Django unchained – Wylie Stateman

Sound Mixing

Les Misérables

Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes

Visual Effects

Life of Pi

Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron,

Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott

Philip Henson is a partner and Head of Employment law at leading London law (UK) firm DKLM LLP (www.dklm.co.uk), and an aspiring screenwriter. http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/philip-henson/14/464/694

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