THE OSCARS: Predictions

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By Caitlin Gardner

BEST PICTURE

The Artist, a sweet, inoffensive film that that was pretty different, stylistically, at least as a mostly silent film, from the rest of its category, will sweep the awards ceremony this year. –Caitlin

A French silent film, The Artist should be a long shot, but its gripping storyline, talented cast, and successful backers (the Weinstein Company) make for a winning combination. –Madeline

BEST ACTOR 

Jean Dujardin seems like a lock based on his SAG Award, a key indicator of future award show success. George Clooney (The Descendants) and Brad Pitt (Moneyball), both industry darlings, are Dujardin’s biggest competition for Best Actor. –Caitlin

Lauded for his role in The Descendants, George Clooney’s resonance as a conflicted husband and father earns him my vote, though Jean Dujardin and Brad Pitt are not out of the race yet. –Madeline

BEST ACTRESS

The incomparable Viola Davis (The Help) will take Best Actress. Meryl Streep is always a threat, but playing Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, a non-political biopic, earned the film critical scorn. –Caitlin

Viola Davis’s heartwarming performance as a 1960’s maid in The Help makes us all root for her to win. But it’s a close call – her Doubt co-star Meryl Streep is also touted as a front-runner.  –Madeline

BEST SUPPORTING

Christopher Plummer brings nuance and joy to his role as an older gay man in Beginners. I see no substantial threat to Plummer, though Nick Nolte in his role as a father trying to reconnect with his sons in the underrated Warrior is my next favorite in the category.

Octavia Spencer (The Help) will take Best Supporting Actress, though Melissa McCarthy is Spencer’s only threat as the scene-stealer in Bridesmaids. –Caitlin

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