The 84th Annual Academy Awards aired Sunday Night, February 26th, 2012. Below were my predictions for the winners in the major categories. The actual winners were filled in after the Oscars were announced.
It was nice to have Billy Crystal back – he was funny though a shadow of his former golden self. It was a fairly snooze-inducing night with no big surprises except for maybe the tinny microphones (an ironic sound design defect during a show that lavished undeserved gifts upon a silent film) and I eagerly switched over to The Walking Dead on AMC at 11pm.
I scored a strong 17/24 in my family Oscar pool. In the only categories I gave a damn about, I was 1 for 2 as A Separation took home a well-deserved statue for Best Foreign Language Film while Emmanuel Lubezki was royally robbed in the cinematography category for The Tree of Life by the guy from Hugo.
Predicted: The Artist
Possible Upset: Hugo
Winner: The Artist
Predicted: Michael Hazanavicius for The Artist
Possible Upset: Martin Scorsese for Hugo
Winner: Michael Hazanavicius for The Artist
Predicted: George Clooney for The Descendants
Possible Upset: Jean Dujardin for The Artist
Winner: Jean Dujardin for The Artist
Predicted: Viola Davis for The Help
Possible Upset: Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady
Winner: Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady
Best Supporting Actor:
Predicted: Christopher Plummer for Beginners
Possible Upset: Max Von Sydow for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Winner: Christopher Plummer for Beginners
Best Supporting Actress:
Predicted: Octavia Spencer for The Help
Possible Upset: Berenice Bejo for The Artist
Winner: Octavia Spencer for The Help
Best Foreign Language Film:
Predicted: A Separation
Possible Upset: In Darkness
Winner: A Separation
Best Animated Feature:
Possible Upset: A Cat in Paris
Best Documentary Feature:
Predicted: Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
Possible Upset: Pina
Best Adapted Screenplay:
Predicted: Alexander Payne et al for The Descendants
Possible Upset: Steve Zallian et al for Moneyball
Winner: The Descendants
Best Original Screenplay:
Predicted: Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris
Possible Upset: Michael Hazanavicius for The Artist
Winner: Midnight in Paris
…and now on to the important stuff…
…the Rules for the 84th Annual Academy Awards Drinking Game:
Take a shot when:
- Someone thanks their “agent, spouse, parents, or kids.”
- They cut off a person’s acceptance speech unceremoniously with the “exit” music.
- Somebody needlessly and awkwardly mentions something political as a presenter or winner.
- A winner says something to the effect of, “I can’t believe I won with all these other talented/wonderful people I was up against.”
- There is a completely unnecessary music/dance number.
- Billy Crystal does a mock-music number that is actually funny.
- They honor the people who died last year.
- Somebody gets a standing ovation.
- Somebody makes a joke about the show’s length.
Check out the winners in my annual alternatives to the Oscars, The Davies.
Enjoy! Wagering on the Oscars is encouraged. And please drink irresponsibly…I mean responsibly!
Predictions, commentary and drinking rules by David H. Schleicher
Hi, David, I’m not much for the drinking game, but I found your predictions interesting. I’m hoping for lots of upsets, otherwise it’ll be a somewhat boring show. The Brits always seem to give fun speeches, though. I never did get out to see the rest of the best picture nominees — I get so tired of the hype the month before the awards. It used to be, many years ago, that no one could possibly guess who’d win because any marketing campaigns were nonexistent. Ah well, enjoy the show! Cinda
I am so glad Billy Crystal is back. I think he’s had some plastic surgery but hasn’t everyone!
I’m hoping Undefeated comes out on top in the documentary category.
Thanks for the Oscar blog: the ceremonies on Sunday fell off my radar.
Hi Dave. Nice job as always. Looks like we’re on the same page with most of these. The main one I differ with you on is best actor. I think Dujardin will win, although I would like to see Clooney take it. I guess we’ll see how it plays out tomorrow night.
Elaine Sciolino (really love her work) on the reaction in France to The Artist’s win: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/28/movies/awardsseason/france-cheers-oscars-for-the-artist-and-jean-dujardin.html?_r=1
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