Nick’s Oscar Picks

Good evening.  That glorious time again has arrived!  Below, as is the case every year at this hour of this day, you will find my annual—and uncannily accurate—Academy Award predictions.  I also have included my lists of the best and worst films of the year.  (Re: my least favorite movies of the year . . . these only apply to those I actually saw.  So something as heinous as Jack & Jill, for example, undoubtedly would have made my top [bottom] five if I had been foolhardy enough to see it.)  Ditto for my best and least re: box office take, among the new categories I’ve added this year.  Interestingly, I saw much less horrible movies this year so the fact that I included some (like Pirates) was more of an indictment of what I didn’t see then how much I disliked the particular film—except for Green Lantern.  What a horrible movie!

What an exciting Academy Awards show this will be!  With the newly revised (revised) Best Picture rules—there will now be between five and 10 movies up for the highest honor, depending on new complicated computations—and with the triumphant return of legendary host Billy Crystal (love those musical numbers—begin at 6.05!) this year should be more exciting than recent incarnations.  And then there are the fantastic films.  Although not reaching last year’s amazing crop of true classics, there are so many good-to-great movies that my Top 11 was much tougher to narrow down than it has been in many years.  Sadly, very solid films like Margin Call, Warrior, War Horse, Contagion, and Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol just missed the cut.  A trio of the best literary adaptations in a decade most certainly did not.  As for 2011’s most disappointing film?  I’d have to go with Hangover II.  It wasn’t utterly unfunny—just not nearly humorous enough throughout.

As always all my predictions were made by myself alone, sans the aid of any Internet trolling or cheat sheets. (To wit: my Oscar copy of Entertainment Weekly with the debonair George Clooney and the dazzling Viola Davis dancing on the cover still sits unopened.)  Please read on to find out who will take home the little golden men in what is sure to be a delightfully enthralling 84th Academy Awards!

The Worst Movies of the Year

1. Green Lantern
2. Bad Teacher
3. What’s Your Number? (Sorry, Anna!)
4. The Hangover, Part II
5. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

The Best Movies of the Year

11. The Ides of March
10. The Debt
9. Moneyball
8. The Descendants
7. Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy
6. Crazy, Stupid, Love
5. Super 8
4. Bridesmaids
3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II
2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
1. The Artist

Some fun new categories:

Best Movie That Made the Most Amount of Money: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II ($381,011,219 domestically in 2011)
Best Movie That Made the Least Amount of Money: The Trip ($2,030,962)
Worst Movie That Made the Most Amount of Money: Green Lantern ($116,601,172)
Worst Movie That Made the Least Amount of Money: What’s Your Number? ($14,011,084)

Next ‘It’ Actress: Shailene Woodley
Next ‘It’ Actor: Joel Edgerton
Next ‘It’ Director: Marc Webb

An apéritif:

Animated: Hugo
Documentary: Project Nim
Foreign: A Separation
Score: The Artist
Screenplay (original): Midnight in Paris
Screenplay (adapted): The Ides of March

And now, without further ado, the nominees are . . . :

Supporting Actress:

Bérénice Bejo, The Artist
Carey Mulligan, Shame
Jessica Chastain, The Tree of Life
Octavia Spencer, The Help
Shailene Woodley, The Descendents

Sleeper: Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Dark Horse: Keira Knightley, A Dangerous Method

Supporting Actor:

Ben Kingsley, Hugo
Ewan McGregor, Beginners
John C. Reilly, We Need to Talk About Kevin
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn

Sleeper: George Clooney, The Ides of March
Dark Horse: John Goodman, The Artist

Lead Actress:

Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Meryl Streep, Iron Lady
Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn
Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Viola Davis, The Help

Sleeper: Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin
Dark Horse: Kristin Wiig, Bridesmaids

Lead Actor:

Brad Pitt, Moneyball
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Gary Oldman, Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy
George Clooney, The Descendants
Jean Dujardin, The Artist

Sleeper: Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar
Dark Horse: Ryan Gosling, Drive


Alexander Payne, The Descendents
David Fincher, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Tate Taylor, The Help
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

Sleeper: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Dark Horse: Steven Spielberg, War Horse

Best Picture:

The Artist
The Descendents
The Help
Midnight in Paris

And the Oscar goes to . . .

Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer
Supporting Actor: Ben Kingsley
Lead Actress: Viola Davis
Lead Actor: George Clooney
Director: Martin Scorsese
Film: The Descendents

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