With the 85th Annual Academy Awards happening this Sunday–celebrating Hollywood’s best and brightest–we decided to give you some of our picks on who should take home the legendary gold statue and why.
BEST ACTOR: Daniel Day Lewis – Lincoln
If Daniel Day Lewis wins the Best Actor Award for Lincoln Sunday night, he will be the only male actor in history to have three Best Actor Academy Awards, sparking many people to claim him as the greatest actor who’s ever lived. I personally wouldn’t crown Daniel the greatest ever. He hasn’t done enough movies in my opinion, but that’s just my opinion. Jack Nicholson has three Academy Awards but one of them is for Best Supporting Actor. Katherine Hepburn is the all time leader in history with four Academy Awards, but no male actor has ever won three Best Actor Oscars. February is Black History Month and President Lincoln is credited with freeing the slaves. Lincoln is the only President in our country’s history with two statues dedicated to him. One on Mount Rushmore and the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. The ﬁlm’s director is the legendary Steven Spielberg who also happens to be on the board of the Oscars. Daniel takes home the statue and cements his place in history.
BEST ACTRESS: Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
At 22 years old, Jennifer Lawrence is already the best actress of her generation. She has the best of both worlds: Commercial success with the Huger Games ($686 million world wide) and critical success having already been nominated for an Academy Award in 2011 for Winter’s Bone. On her second time, she takes home the gold.
BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln
This is the ﬁrst time in ﬁlm history that every nominated actor in a category already has an Oscar. Every single nominee nominated for Best Supporting Actor has already won before and some more then once. I must say, it is refreshing to see Tommy Lee Jones play a role other then a cop, which he has played consistently in a variety of different roles since winning his ﬁrst Academy Award for The Fugitive in 1993 20 years ago. But don’t be surprised if Robert DeNiro wins for Silver Linings Playbook, taking home his third Academy Award adding to what has already been one of the greatest careers in all of ﬁlm history.
BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Anne Hathaway – Les Miserables
I told people back in 2005, after seeing the independent ﬁlm Havoc, the box ofﬁce hit The Princess Diaries, and the award-winning Brokeback Mountain, that Anne Hathaway was Julia Roberts 2.0. Her commercial success in ﬁlms like The Devil Wears Prada, Get Smart, The Dark Knight Rises, and co-hosting the Oscars already in 2011, went on to prove that she’s a mega star. When she takes home the gold statue this Sunday night, she will have the same number of Oscars that Julia currently has, doing it at a younger age.
DIRECTING: Steven Spielberg – Lincoln
Steven Spielberg has already won this award twice before for Schindler’s List in 2004 and for Saving Private Ryan in 1999. He is, without question, the most successful commercial ﬁlm director in history and has a net worth of $3 billion. He also owns a Hollywood Studio (Dreamworks SKG) and is on the board of the Academy Awards. Still, even with already being a legend–and arguably the most inﬂuential and important ﬁlmmaker in the history of cinema–Steven is the safe bet here because of the subject matter, and what Abraham Lincoln means to American history. But David O. Russell could steal the award for Silver Linings Playbook.
WRITING (Adapted Screenplay): Lincoln by Tony Kushner
It’s going to be a Lincoln night at the Oscars. Period.
WRITING (Original Screenplay): Django Unchained by Quentin Tarantino
I had the pleasure of reading this script a few years back and was blown away by the subject matter and rawness of the material. $366 Million dollars worldwide and counting, who would have thought that Django, amid a ﬁrestorm of controversy and the banning of it’s action ﬁgures, would go on to become Quentin’s most successful ﬁlm ever. Quentin’s true talent lies in his writing and he will pick up his second statue in what has been a celebrated career thus far.
BEST PICTURE – Argo
Argo is the safe bet here but I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t go out on a limb here and pick Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty. If Zero Dark Thirty does take home the Oscar for Best Picture, Kathryn (after already winning two Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture for Hurt Locker in 2010) will be the most accomplished female director in American ﬁlm history just like that. I’m sure she learned a trick or two from her Ex Husband James Cameron, record holder of the highest grossing two movies in ﬁlm history. Avatar and Titanic and one of the ten greatest ﬁlm directors of all time.
See if the Academy agrees with us when The Oscars air 8:30pm EST on ABC.