Academy Awards Nominees 2012: Best Picture, Actor/Actress in a Leading Role

Best picture:

The Artist                    

 – The Descendants

– Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close  

 – The Help

– Hugo

– Midnight in Paris

– Moneyball

– The Tree of Life

– War Horse

I predict ‘The Artist’ to win the Best Picture Academy Award this year. The least likely “Best Picture” winners, in my opinion, are ‘Hugo’, “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close“and ‘Moneyball’.

Actor in a Leading Role:

–          Demian Bichir (‘A Better Life’)

–          George Clooney (‘The Descendants’)

–          Jean Dujardin (‘The Artist)

–          Gary Oldman (‘Tinker Tailor Solder Spy’)

–          Brad Pitt (‘Moneyball’)

I am going to have my fingers crossed for Gary Oldman, because I think his performance was (slightly?!))) better than others were?

Actress in a Leading Role:

–          Glenn Close (‘Albert Nobbs’)

–          Viola Davis (‘The Help’)

–          Rooney Mara (‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’)

–          Meryl Streep (‘The Iron Lady’)

–          Michelle Williams (‘My Week with Marilyn’)

It will be a very close call here. It is the “old school” (Close & Streep) vs. the “new school” (Williams, Mara and Davis).  Personally, I think they all deserve their Oscars, especially Close, Streep and Williams. Knowing how hard is it to portray a man though, I will have my fingers crossed for Glenn Close.

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