I'll try and keep this brief as my Films of 2012 ran a bit long, but here are my predictions for Sunday's upcoming 85th Academy Awards.
I've written which of the nominees I think will win, which I think should win and also what I feel should win regardless of whether they were nominated or not.
I've kept to the headline categories, skipping Best Foreign Langauge Film, Best Documentary Feature and Best Animated Feature Film this year, as I haven't seen enough of the nominated movies. However for the record I would say "Amour" and "Holy Motors" were the best foreign language films I saw last year, whilst "ParaNorman" was my favourite animated feature. I was terrible when it came to watching documentaries this year, but I hear it was scandalous that "The Impostor" was not nominated.
Anyway, here are my predictions...
Steven Spielberg (Lincoln)
Should Have Won: Joss Whedon (The Avengers)Paul Thomas Anderson would be a very worthy winner for "The Master", but I've gone for Joss Whedon. Perhaps a surprising choice (unless you've read my Film's of 2012 blog post) but the skill required to create a film of this magnitude is staggering. Whedon managed to bring great performances out of his large ensemble cast, while creating an exciting action film with brilliant technical effects. Any director who can bring together so many different aspects has to be a master of his craft. For a similar reason, I went with Ang Lee from the nominated list as he balances so many different elements within an adaptation of a difficult novel.
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Should Have Won:Phillip Seymour Hoffman (The Master)
Much like Joaquin Phoenix, Seymour Hoffman dominates his role in "The Master" with aplomb. He manages to create a fragile but domineering character with charm and magnetism.
Should Have Won: Anne Hathaway Les Misérables)
I wrestled with this one a bit as Amy Adams is great in "The Master" and plays a more constant role throughout the film. However Hathaway's performance in "Les Misérables" is so emotive that after her (spoiler) early exit from the film, it loses it's way and lacks the emotional resonance that it found in her short appearance.