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The Oscars: The 84th Academy Awards Are Upon Us…

“When the Academy called, I panicked. I thought they might want their Oscars back and the pawn shop has been out of business for awhile.” Woody Allen

The Oscars: The 84th Academy Awards Are Upon Us...

For starters, Billy Crystal, the host with the most, will keep us watching and laughing Sunday night. It seems like only yesterday when we celebrated the winners and losers of the 83rd Oscar awards… right?  Anyway, like an endless party with props and power brokers, we are at it again as we celebrate the 84th Oscars/Academy Awards with some of the usual suspects and many new nominees. If you have spent any time at the movies this year, you know that we have seen some pretty good stuff and our share of fluff. While I might not have a bookie in Las Vegas, I’d like to toss my hat in the proverbial prediction ring and guess who would walk away with that handsome though stiff and very dead golden boy. Here are some of the top nominees, at least the ones I wait for…(I highlighted my predicted winners). Pick your preference or poison, and we’ll check in Sunday night to count the wins and losses. My choices in black. Winners in red; including any I chose. Enjoy! :-)

BEST PICTURE
The Artist – Thomas Langmann Winner!
The Descendants – Jim Burke, Jim Taylor, and Alexander Payne
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Scott Rudin
The Help – Brunson Green, Chris Columbus, and Michael Barnathan
Hugo – Graham King and Martin Scorsese
Midnight in Paris – Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum
Moneyball – Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz, and Brad Pitt
The Tree of Life – Dede Gardner, Sarah Green, Grant Hill, and Bill Pohlad
War Horse – Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy
BEST ACTOR
Demián Bichir – A Better Life as Carlos Galindo
George Clooney – The Descendants as Matt King
Jean Dujardin – The Artist as George Valentin Winner!
Gary Oldman – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy as George Smiley
Brad Pitt – Moneyball as Billy Beane
BEST ACTRESS
Glenn Close – Albert Nobbs as Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis – The Help as Aibileen Clark
Rooney Mara – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as Lisbeth Salander
Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady as Margaret Thatcher Winner!
Michelle Williams – My Week with Marilyn as Marilyn Monroe
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Kenneth Branagh – My Week with Marilyn as Laurence Olivier
Jonah Hill – Moneyball as Peter Brand
Nick Nolte – Warrior as Paddy Conlon
Christopher Plummer – Beginners as Hal Fields Winner!
Max von Sydow – Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close as The Renter
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Bérénice Bejo – The Artist as Peppy Miller
Jessica Chastain – The Help as Celia Foote
Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids as Megan Price
Janet McTeer – Albert Nobbs as Hubert Page
Octavia Spencer – The Help as Minny Jackson Winner! 
BEST DIRECTOR
Woody Allen – Midnight in Paris (I prefer)
Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist (most likely) Winner!
Terrence Malick – The Tree of Life
Alexander Payne – The Descendants
Martin Scorsese – Hugo
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
The Artist – Guillaume Schiffman
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – Jeff Cronenweth
Hugo – Robert Richardson Winner!
The Tree of Life – Emmanuel Lubezki
War Horse – Janusz Kamiński
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 – Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler, and John Richardson
Hugo – Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossmann, and Alex Henning Winner!
Real Steel – Erik Nash, John Rosengrant, Danny Gordon Taylor, and Swen Gillberg
Rise of the Planet of the Apes – Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White, and Daniel Barrett
Transformers: Dark of the Moon – Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Matthew E. Butler, and John Frazier

There is more below … come back to see which ones I predicted would win. Don’t hinge your bet on mine as this is totally subjective. More  Predictions Below! ;-)  CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE WINNERS! :-)

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