Arts staff predicts 2013 Academy Awards

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By Arts Staff

Kristofer Hammer ‘15, Elana Katz ‘14 and Lane Roberts ‘14 share their picks for the 2013 major Academy Award category winners.  The ceremony will air this Sunday, Feb. 24.
BEST PICTURE
Kristofer’s pick: Argo
Taking a covert operation and reconstructing it in a historically accurate manner, Argo maintains a sense of excitment, humor and tension that makes it a universally appealing and unique film.
Elana’s pick: Lincoln 
Lincoln will take it. The film is an Oscar-worthy power house. With Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis together, what more could you ask for? To top it all off, Tony Kushner wrote the screenplay and John Williams composed the music.
BEST ACTOR
Kristofer’s pick: Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
As Pat, Cooper overcomes  a terrible ordeal while struggling to return to normalcy. Cooper sets up an intriguing character who embodies faulty logic, optimism, and loneliness. While this is not the most unique story ever told, Cooper’s acting in Silver Linings Playbook is one of the major reasons to see the film.
Elana’s pick: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
He delivered such a solid performance as Honest Abe.
BEST ACTRESS
Kristofer’s pick: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
While some might prefer her in her Hunger Games form, Lawrence’s character pairs perfectly with Cooper’s, as both are social outcasts alienated from just about everyone they encounter. Lawrence portrays a unique individual with a horrid past, ultimately guiding Tiffany in her evolution throughout the film.
Elana’s pick: Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
She has come a long way from The Help and delivered in this role as Maya.
Lane’s pick: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
‘JLaw’ is quickly becoming one of my favorite people in Hollywood thanks to her hysterical and modest acceptance speeches, so I can only hope she will deliver another one on Sunday.
BEST DIRECTOR
Elana’s pick: David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
It’s a long shot, but Silver Linings Playbook was was phenomenal, thanks in large park to his artistic eye and story telling capabilities.
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Kristofer’s pick: Wreck-it Ralph
Most animated films that aren’t made by Pixar are usually considered sub-par. However, Wreck-it Ralph does a fantastic job of using the video game format as a setting. Instead of explaining random tropes about the medium, audience members are expected to understand how video games work. By doing this, the film can focus on character development while including nods to my favorite hobby. While some of the jokes have childish tendencies, the film has a nostalgic feel and features some of the best voice acting work around.

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