Oscars 2012 - predictions

Oscars 2012 - predictions

Some of The List's film critics give their predictions on who'll win what at the Oscars

Best Picture

The Artist; simplicity is the reason that is soars above the other Oscar bait. (Eddie Harrison)

The Artist probably will win, as it has won pretty much everything else going. It deserves it - when was the last time a film came along that made everyone fall in love with the magic of the movies? (Allan Hunter)

The Artist will win. The Tree of Life should win. There's so much love for The Artist, it's hard to see it going any other way. It's a fine film, but The Tree of Life was truly unique. (Paul Gallagher)

The Artist will win – it's a film about film and Hollywood is nothing if not narcissistic. It's also beautiful, funny and very very clever – a deserving winner. Shame should win, but it's far too dark for the academy – it wasn't even nominated. (Henry Northmore)

Should win: The Artist – It’s the best and most original film.
Will win: The Descendants – It’s American and not French. (Miles Fielder)

Best Director

Alexander Payne for The Descendants, for fashioning a proper adult drama in a year of silly ones. (EH)

Michel Hazanavicius will win it for The Artist. The film is his baby and he handles everything superbly. Martin Scorsese should win it for Hugo, though - he makes such wonderful use of 3D and really knows how to tell a story. (AH)

Martin Scorsese will win. Terrence Malick should win. Hugo seems to be almost as beloved as The Artist, so I reckon this is the way it will split, with the Best Picture and Best Director shared between them. (PG)

Michel Hazanavicius should and will win for The Artist – it really is a film driven by a directors vision. They often like to give out this award to more established names, though. (HN)

Should win: Michel Hazanavicius – He’s the most striking talent.
Will win: Alexander Payne – He’s the least rewarded, least disliked, most accessible American. (MF)

Best Actor

George Clooney for The Descendants, because it's his turn. (EH)

George Clooney in The Descendants will be the winner - he's Hollywood royalty and has yet to win a Best Actor Oscar. I think Gary Oldman deserves to win it for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, though. He gives such a subtle, powerful performance and had to follow in the footsteps of Alec Guinness. (AH)

George Clooney will win, and George Clooney should win. Having said that, this is probably the most interesting category this year, even without shoulda been nominated Michael Fassbender (for Shame). I reckon Pitt, Clooney, Dujardin and Oldman all have a decent chance. And the fact that Demian Bichir got a nomination (for A Better Life) is pretty great. (PG)

Gary Oldman should and will win for Tinker Tailor. He's been cinema's favourite character actor for years and it's about time the Academy recognised his talents (and Clooney's got an Oscar already). (HN)

Should win: Gary Oldman – His performance is a masterclass in restraint and understatement.
Will win: Brad Pitt (for Moneyball) – It’ll be deemed his turn.

Best Actress

Meryl Streep: we might hate her in the UK, but shorn of politics, Maggie Thatcher has proved an internationally inspiring figure. Puke. (EH)

Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady). It is a marvellous, spot-on impersonation of Lady Thatcher even if the film is a bit naff and she hasn't won in thirty years. Olivia Colman should win for her role in Tyrannosaur, although she wasn't even nominated. Just a briliant, heartbreaking piece of acting. (AH)

Meryl Streep will win. Viola Davis should win. Despite The Help's shortcomings (it ain't best picture material, that's for sure), Davis' performance is powerful and deeply moving – more affecting than Streep's technical masterclass. (PG)

Should win: Rooney Mara in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – She’s utterly believable in a ridiculous role.
Will win: Meryl Streep – She’s this year’s Queen. (MF)

Best Original Screenplay

The Artist will win this too. There is a fair chance that it might sweep the board. Woody Allen's Midnight In Paris should win. It's his most inspired screenplay in a while – witty, warm and bubbling with invention. (AH)

I've got a feeling that The Artist will win. But A Separation should win it. (PG)

For your consideration...

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Descendants will win – Alexander Payne does write exceedingly good scripts. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy should win, though. It's a complex story beautifully compressed, and one of those rare films that leave you wanting more. (AH)

Should win: Alexander Payne/Nat Faxon/Jim Rash for The Descendents – It’s that good.
Will win: Steve Zaillian/Aaron Sorkin for Moneyball – The subject’s upbeat and all-American. (MF)

Best Supporting Actress

Melissa McCarthy for Bridesmaids, proving that you can still steal the show in the biggest comedy of the year. (EH)

Best Supporting Actor

Christopher Plummer in Beginners – because he's nearly dead, but he's still kicking. (EH)

Best Documentary

It's a strange category this year, with no mention of Senna or Project Nim – both thoroughly deserving of nominations. (PG)

The Oscars will be held on Sun 26 Feb.

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