Mike’s Fearless Oscar Picks

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84th Academy Awards Nominations Announcement

Announcements held at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Los Angeles, California. Getty Images.

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The 85th annual Academy Awards are on this Sunday, Feb. 24th.

Here are my Fearless Oscar picks, along with any picks that I foresee as possible upsets:


Best Picture: Argo. Argo has been picking up a lot of steam lately, with Ben Affleck (who is not nominated for Best Director) winning almost every major Directing award including the Golden Globes. Lincoln, directed by Steven Spielberg could win this.

Best Actor in a Leading Role: Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln. They might as well have a statue with his name on it because this is a sure thing.

Best Actress in a Leading Role: Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook. Lawrence was the best one of a cast where all four major roles got nominations. Emmanuelle Riva for the French film Amour could garner enough votes for her outstanding work in the film.

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Robert De Niro in Silver Linings Playbook. De Niro gave one of his best performances in recent years. Tommy Lee Jones in Lincoln, stood out in a very large cast.

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Ann Hathaway in Les Miserables. She wasn’t on the screen longer than ten minutes but boy, did she make an impact. Sally Field in Lincoln is always a good bet because the Academy really likes her.

Best Director: Stephen Spielberg for Lincoln. Spielberg is highly respected and for an historical drama, the film did extremely well at the box office. David O. Russell did a masterful job directing the cast of Silver Linings Playbook.

Best Adapted Screenplay: Argo written by Chris Terrio

Best Original Screenplay: Django Unchained by Quentin Tarantino

Best Animated Film: Brave

Best Foreign Language Film: Amour

Best Documentary Feature: Searching for Sugar Man

Best Cinematography: Life of Pi – Claudio Miranda

Best Song: Skyfall – Adele and Paul Epworth

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