I don't always agree with the awards the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hands out. (Forrest Gump over Pulp Fiction? Crash over Brokeback Mountain? The English Patient over anything?) And I don't always agree with how those awards are handed out. (Slowly, punctuated by periodic bursts of soul-searing, nuclear-strength inanity.) Yet I watch the Oscars every year.
And I bet on them every year. I lose a lot, too, because I'm a movie fan and I tend to let my personal opinions affect my judgment. (I don't care if Fargo was a long shot and The English Patient is exactly the kind of bloated, self-important, pseudo-profound claptrap the Academy used to love, THE COEN BROTHERS WERE ROBBED!!!)
But this year I'm trying to be a grownup about it. I'm setting my feelings aside and letting the oddsmakers call the shots. (It helps that I haven't seen enough of the nominated films to have strong feelings about anything.) You know what, though? I can still be beaten -- and you could be the one to do it.
Gonna watch the Academy Awards Sunday night? Well, why don't we make it a little more interesting for all concerned? My Oscar picks are below. Post yours in the comments, and if you beat me, I'll send you one of my books. And if I beat you? You buy one.
Come on -- what have you got to lose? I mean, other than a few bucks and three (or, ugh, maybe four) hours of your life you'll never get back....
Best Picture: Argo
Best Director: Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Best Supporting Actor: Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Best Adapted Screenplay: Chris Terrio, Argo
Best Original Screenplay: Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty
Best Animated Feature: Wreck-It Ralph
Best Foreign Film: Amour
Best Documentary Feature: Searching for Sugar Man
Best Original Score: Mychael Danna, Lincoln
Best Original Song: "Skyfall," Skyfall
Best Visual Effects: Life of Pi
Best Costume Design: Anna Karenina
Best Makeup: The Hobbit -- An Unexpected Journey
Best Production Design: Les Miserables
Best Cinematography: Life of Pi
Best Costume Design: Les Miserables
Best Editing: Argo
Best Sound Editing: Zero Dark Thirty
Best Sound Mixing: Les Miserables
Best Animated Short: "Paperman"
Best Documentary Short: "Open Heart"
Best Live Action Short: "Curfew"