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Amanda Glam
home : features : amanda glam March 26, 2015

Amanda's Picks

Amanda Glam
Entertainment Writer

On January 10, the Academy Awards nominations were announced and let me just say Amanda was not entirely pleased. And she wasn’t the only one. In this column I will share my feelings and early predictions for the Academy Awards, which will air on ABC, February 24 with the “pregame” starting at 7 p.m. Films I have seen are in bold.

Best Picture: Argo, Amour, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty

As you can see, I’ve only made it to four of the movies on this list, although I plan to see Beasts and Zero by Oscar time. My favorite of the ones I’ve seen is Argo, which I found thoroughly fascinating and entertaining and suspenseful despite the fact that I knew the story. I credit director Ben Affleck for creating a thrilling, amusing and informative film. 

Should win: Argo: Will win: Lincoln. Which brings me to 

Best Director: Michael Haneke, Amour, Steven Spielberg, Lincoln; David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook; Ang Lee, Life of Pi, Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild.

Notice anything missing? How about Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty, Tom Hooper for Les Miserables and Quentin Tarentino for Django, oh, and Ben Affleck? 

So we’re stuck at five nominations and that means that these four (all Oscar winners by the way) are left off. Imagine the voters surprise when Affleck walks away with the Critic’s Choice Award and the Golden Globe for Best Director. Here’s my theory. The voters are jealous of Ben like they are of my imaginary boyfriend George Clooney. Ben is handsome, won an Oscar young, has a beautiful wife, adorable children, millions of dollars and apparently he’s a nice guy.  So I’m guessing the other directors who do the nominating are thinking, “Yeah, and now we’re going to give him a chance at a directing Oscar. Yeah, right.” And give Bigelow a shot to be the only woman with two directing Oscars? No way. That’s my theory.

Should win: Affleck: Will win: Spielberg. 

Best Actor: Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook; Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables; Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln; Joaquin Phoenix, The Master; Denzel Washington, Flight. 

This field is so much more crowded than last year, that not only would Jean Dujardin who won in 2012 for The Artist, have no chance of winning this year, he probably wouldn’t have been nominated. Phoenix was fascinating, Cooper and Jackman were excellent, but Day-Lewis did what he does best. He became Lincoln and will be the first actor to win three Lead Actor Academy Awards.

Should win: Day-Lewis; Will win: Day-Lewis.

Best Actress: Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty; Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook; Emmanuelle Riva, Amour; Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild and Naomi Watts, The Impossible. Kind of a weak year, and if Viola Davis, who lost to Meryl Streep last year, had been nominated this year (w/o Streep), she would win.  I’ve only seen two of these performances. Chastain is the favorite. Wallis is like 9 years old and I have a problem with giving Academy Awards to kids, especially ones whose name I can’t pronounce. 

Should win: not sure; Will win: Chastain. 

Best Supporting Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master; Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln; Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook; Alan Arkin, Argo; Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained.

All these guys have already won Academy Awards. Hoffman gave the best performance not only of this group, but of the year. He was amazing, mesmerizing – and he won’t win. My feeling is that everyone who loves Silver Linings Playbook but votes for different films instead in categories, will vote for De Niro in this one. I won’t complain. He was great.

Should win: Hoffman; Will win: De Niro.

Best Supporting Actress: Amy Adams, The Master; Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables; Sally Field, Lincoln; Helen Hunt, The Sessions; Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook.

Have you climbed aboard the “Give Anne Hathaway an Oscar Train,” led by Anne Hathaway? If you haven’t, you’re the only one. Anne wants it, she kept her hair short to remind people she had to cut it off for the movie, she cries and she sort of deserves it and she’ll get it. 

Should win: Adams; Will win, Hathaway.

Best Animated Feature: Brave, Frankenweenie, Wreck-It Ralph, ParaNorman, The Pirates! Band of Misfits.

As you can see by the lack of bold lettering, I have been remiss in my animated movie attendance, so I consulted my daughter Emma. She reminded me that you should never bet against Pixar Studios (Brave), but that Wreck-It-Ralph is really good. I say that since Pixar rarely loses, Brave will win. 

So what do you think of this year’s Oscar nominations? What were your favorite performances and movies? Let me know at www.englewoodreview.com and click on Amanda Glam.

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