My Oscar’s Picks, Winners, and Other Notables At This Year’s Film Awards Show

I voted for this year’s Academy Awards for the first time. Well, the first time since I actually became a cinema fanatic. And while I only guessed 8 out of the 24 categories correctly, I got 6 of the big 9 categories right. Here are my results, and my thoughts on the winners and losers (and snubs).

Best Picture Winner: Argo
Who I Voted For: Argo
What Should’ve Been Nominated: The Avengers, Moonrise Kingdom, Seven Psychopaths

While it wasn’t necessarily my favorite movie of 2012, Argo was certainly a film that I felt deserved to win Best Picture. Even though I found Django Unchained to be a near-masterpiece and Silver Linings Playbook was an underdog favorite of mine, Argo was the one film that, as an all-around collection of cinematic elements, was not only the most rounded, but also the most impressive. Ben Affleck deserved this honor more than anyone, and I was happy to see him triumph at last.

Best Lead Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
Who I Voted For: Daniel Day-Lewis
Who Should’ve Been Nominated: Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained), Ben Affleck (Argo)

Though my favorite of Daniel Day-Lewis’ performances will always be his portrayal of Daniel Plaintiff in There Will Be Blood, his role as Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln was outstanding. Not only did he make the 16th president come to life on the screen, but he embodied who this man was. His immaculate character represented something that only movie magic can create. It’s quite obvious that he was the favorite to win, and, of course, he came out on top.

Best Lead Actress: Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)
Who I Voted For: Jennifer Lawrence
Who Should’ve Been Nominated: Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man)

Jennifer Lawrence is Hollywood’s biggest new star, and though she was stellar in The Hunger Games, she solidified her incredible acting abilities in Silver Linings Playbook. Her performance in that film was raw, realistic, and relatable – and for a romantic comedy, she definitely broke the typical character mold. The thing that impressed me the most about this young actress, though, was that she stayed cool and collected even after she fell on her way to give her acceptance speech.

Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained)
Who I Voted For: Christoph Waltz
Who Should’ve Been Nominated: Javier Bardem (Skyfall)

While he was great in Inglourious Basterds, Christoph Waltz was even better in Django Unchained. And that’s really saying something, as his breakthrough performance in 2009 was enough for him to win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. Everyone nominated had won before, but I felt that Waltz was the most deserving of the award.

Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables)
Who I Voted For: Anne Hathaway
Who Should’ve Been Nominated: Frances McDormand (Moonrise Kingdom), Kerry Washington (Django Unchained)

It was a blatantly obvious attempt for Oscar gold when Anne Hathaway sang “I Dreamed A Dream” solo infront of the camera, but she absolutely nailed it. Though it would’ve been nice to see a little bit more of her in Les Miserables, she basically stole the show for every second she was on the screen. Pretty much everyone else nominated took a back burner to Hathaway’s reputable performance.

Best Directing: Ang Lee (Life of Pi)
Who I Voted For: David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)
Who Should’ve Been Nominated: Drew Goddard (The Cabin In The Woods), Martin McDonough (Seven Psychopaths)

I wasn’t a huge fan of Steven Spielberg’s directorial decisions in Lincoln, as I felt that he overdramatized the wrong events in the film, but left many other parts boring and tasteless. David O. Russell has become a favorite of mine over the last decade, and I thought that Silver Linings Playbook was his biggest spectacle yet, far surpassing both I Heart Huckabees and The Fighter. That being said, I was happy to see Ang Lee win for Life of Pi. I haven’t seen the film yet, and I really, really need to.

Best Animated Feature Film: Brave
What I Voted For: Wreck-It Ralph
What Should’ve Been Nominated: Rise of the Guardians

I’m not going to plead my case on this one, because it was really a toss-up whether I liked Brave or Wreck-It Ralph more. I ended up going with the latter simply for the video game references (you can’t go wrong with a film that makes you feel like a child again). But it’s always nice to see Pixar win, considering that they had to follow-up their weakest movie in Cars 2.

Best Original Screenplay: Django Unchained
What I Voted For: Django Unchained
What Should’ve Been Nominated: Seven Psychopaths

Quentin Tarantino is one of the greatest screenwriters of our time, and Django Unchained was his most well-written, well-acted, and well-received film since Pulp Fiction. It’s really hard to go wrong with such a brilliant, funny, and entertaining script. Tarantino really outdid himself with Django, and he has raised his standards once again – this time to stratospherically high levels.

Best Adapted Screenplay: Argo
What I Voted For: Silver Linings Playbook
What Should’ve Been Nominated: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Cloud Atlas

This category was a toss-up. I loved Argo, and I loved Silver Linings Playbook. And I thought both script were excellent. It came down to a judgment call, and I found the writing in Silver Linings to be a bit more memorable and heartwarming than it was in Argo. And though it didn’t end up winning, I was more than happy to see Argo add to its massive collection of awards and accolades. It truly deserved them.

Final Results: 6 / 9


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Author: Tim Dodderidge View all posts by
I'm a student at the University of Kansas hoping to major in journalism. I love Christopher Nolan films, eating at Taco Bell, and playing indoor soccer. I also like to watch How I Met Your Mother and enjoy writing poetry.

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