Adam said on Sunday, February 24, 2013 6:00:45 PM
How can you vote for a movie when the entire film takes place in a boat. Lincoln, good ; Silver Linings Playbook, good ; Argo, Best Pic by Far. Personally the one that I think gets no love whatsoever is Denzel in Flight, brilliant performance but no respect. You can't fake that. A real life issue & he gets no recognition. I don't think De Niro deserves Supporting Actor, the film was good but not worthy of an Award like an Oscar. His performance wasn't that memorable, I could see Jones or possibly Arkin winning there. I definitely don't believe Jennifer Lawrence is worthy of Best Actress, again it wasn't a memorable performance. Not saying it was bad, just not memorable. The biggest joke of all is probably Affleck for best director. How the hell can he get snubbed, what does the Academy have something against him. Based on that, I think you gotta go with Spielberg. The dude is Hollywood.
Skye said on Saturday, February 09, 2013 4:11:46 PM
I like a lot of your insights in this video.
I'm actually intrigued very intrigued by you observations about the Supporting categories. I very much agree with you about Christoph Waltz being worthy of winning; he's funny, sophisticated and sly in all the best ways. I actually wonder how likely it is that he'll unexpectedly pull of a second win this year; he's won the Golden Globe and is considered a leader for the BAFTA and I think he outmatches both Jones and De Niro by a landslide.
I loved Les Miserables, but who do you think was the best supporting actress in that movie? I thought that Samantha Barks should have been nominated; the sad thing is, though, that both her and Hathaway "Sing a few songs and die," if you'll pardon my quoting you. I do feel that Hathaway is very powerful as Fantine and she is bound for gold, I'm pretty sure. I also would have like it if Eddie Redmayne got a Supporting Actor nomination.
As for Best Picture, I can't quite predict who will win between Lincoln and Argo, but Life of Pi and Les Miserables would be my personal choices; they're both beautifully designed, elegant and inspiring films.
Thank you very much.
P. S. I think it's pathetic that The Dark Knight Rises was completely omitted from all the categories this year; maybe it wasn't a sure fire hit for Best Picture, but not even any technical nominations? That's weird.
Brandon said on Friday, February 08, 2013 4:04:45 PM
I have a hard time believing the academy will pick Chastain. She should win, but with the Martin Sheen campaign I think they'll end up giving it to Jennifer Lawrence, who did play her role very well. Daniel Day-Lewis absolutely deserves Best Actor. I also agree about Christoph Waltz, I think punishing someone for having won recently is horrible, this was his best performance to date. Tommy Lee Jones was decent, not Oscar worthy. Best Director SHOULD be Ben Affleck, but from those nominated I agree that it should be Ang Lee, but Spielberg will win. I personally liked Argo the best and hope it continues its scorched earth campaign through the awards shows and takes home Best Picture.
Justin Zarian said on Friday, February 08, 2013 1:52:53 PM
I am not totally convinced Lincoln will sweep like people think it will. It is clear the Academy has stacked the deck for it, but the only real lock is Daniel Day-Lewis and mostly likely adapted screenplay IMO. Granted, I am speaking as a hardcore and impartial film goer too, not an Academy veteran.
I think it is a head to head race with Argo and Lincoln, but I fully agree ZDT or Life of Pi should win. It just depends how much the Academy gets swayed by the backlash from the critics. They did change their policies with all the stuff that happened with The Dark Knight, so they can cave to peer pressure.
I'm going with a radical prediction here:
Best Picture: Argo (Lincoln to spoil)
Best Director: Ang Li (Steven Spielberg to spoil)
Best Actor: Daniel Day Lewis (no one to spoil)
Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence (Jessica Chastain to spoil)
Best Supporting Actor: Phillip Seymour Hoffman (Tommy Lee Jones to spoil)
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hatheway (no one to spoil)
Best Original Screenplay: Zero Dark Thirty (Django Unchained to spoil)
Best Adapted Screenplay: Lincoln (Silver Linings Playbook to spoil)
Best Animated Feature: Frankenweenie (Wreck-It Ralph to spoil)
Best Cinematography: Life of Pi (Skyfall to spoil)
Best Art Direction: Anna Karenina (Les Miserables to spoil)
Best Costume Design: Anna Karenina (Les Miserables to spoil)
Best Editing: Argo (Zero Dark Thirty to spoil)
Best Sound Mixing: Life of Pi (Skyfall to spoil)
Best Sound Editing: Skyfall (Zero Dark Thirty to spoil)
Best Visual Effects: Life of Pi (The Hobbit to spoil)
Best Make-Up: The Hobbit (Les Miserables to spoil)
Best Original Score: Life of Pi (Lincoln to spoil)
Best Original Song: Skyfall (Ted to spoil)
Gregory Lener said on Friday, February 08, 2013 11:17:31 AM
What are your predictions for Screenplays? Original and Adapted
Ryan Oliver said on Friday, February 08, 2013 2:43:36 AM
Best Picture: Argo (I think it will pull the upset, or, at least I hope)
Best Director: Steven Spielberg
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Best Actress: Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Best Supporting Actor: Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Best Picture: Either Django Unchained or Zero Dark Thirty (though best picture of 2012 - The Master - isn't even nominated)
Best Director: Such a joke of a category, the best directors of the year (Bigelow, Tarantino, Paul Thomas Anderson, and Affleck) aren't even nominated. But, Silver Linings Playbook was my favorite of the five, so I say David O. Russell should win.
Best Actor: Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Best Actress: Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Best Supporting Actress: Amy Adams, The Master (which would double as a "Lifetime Achievement Award" for the four-time nominee)
Jonathan G said on Thursday, February 07, 2013 10:37:32 PM
Personally I thought Hugh Jackman was much better in Les Mis then DDL was in Lincoln. I thought Les Mis was a good movie, but Hugh Jackman carried it on his back.
With that being said, I guess the next predictions we need from Richard are his razzie predictions for the night before the oscars
Robert Eastland said on Thursday, February 07, 2013 8:18:35 PM
I'm with you Richard, I think it's a disgrace both Affleck and Bigelow weren't nominated for Argo and Zero Dark Thirty respictively. I would've loved to have seen Tarantino also nominated for Best Director, since Django Unchained was BY FAR the best film of the year, with Zero Dark Thirty is 2nd. In fact I thought Django was one of the best of the century so far, if not the best.
Spielberg already has 2 director trophies, and I feel that Ang Lee's brilliant Life of Pi was more of a "directors" movie, while Lincoln was more of an extremely well-acted biopic. Aside from Django Unchained, which i'm praying will be Best Picture even though I know it has no chance, Zero Dark Thirty should no doubt win it, as well as Best Actress for the magnificent Jessica Chastain. All due respect, just my humble opinion. Write me back!
Ingmar said on Thursday, February 07, 2013 6:27:12 PM
In re-reading my comment it sounded somewhat disrespectful. Sorry if it came out that way, it was not my intention.
My Oscar Predictions:
Supporting Actor: de Niro
Supporting Actress: Hathaway
What I think wish would win:
Picture: Silver Linings Playbook
Director: Michael Haneke
Actor: Joaquin Phoenix
Supporting Actor: Waltz
Supporting Actress: Hathaway
Thanks, Richard. I've been a big fan of your's since I was in grade six and watched your Inception review.
Mark said on Thursday, February 07, 2013 10:15:16 AM
I know you said you were not a huge fan of "Beasts of the Southern Wild", and while I know Quvenzhane Wallis (yeah, I had to look up the spelling) won't win, I still think she gave one of the best performances by a child actor I have seen before.
I was wondering why you did not even mention her here, and your thoughts on her performance.