I realize the Oscars were only a month ago, but why not make some early predictions for next year and when the trophies start getting handed out, let’s see how close I was. All these predictions are pending on release dates for certain films, so some of these might have to wait till 2013 to take home Oscars.
Best Actor: Leonardo Dicaprio in J. Edgar
(Leonardo Dicaprio as J. Edgar Hoover on the set of J. Edgar)
This award is so overdue. Playing Famed FBI founder J. Edgar Hoover, Leo has finally taken the role that will push his limits. Rumor has it, the film, which is directed by Clint Eastwood, will address Hoovers closeted homosexuality, as well as his cross dressing. The Academy loves it!
Possible spoilers: Brad Pitt in Moneyball, Michael Shannon in The Iceman
(L-Brad Pitt as Billy Beane on the set of Moneyball, R-Michael Shannon)
Best Actress:Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady
(Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher on the set of The Iron Lady)
She’s been nominated more times than I can count, and she has taken home two trophies, but NONE since 1982 (Sophie’s Choice) In The Iron Lady, Streep will portray former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and this role was made for Streep and I guarantee she’ll kill it.
Possible spoilers: Michelle Williams in My Week With Marilyn, Rooney Mara in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
(L-Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe, R-Rooney Mara as the girl with the dragon tattoo)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Armie Hammer in J. Edgar
(Armie Hammer as Clyde Tolson in J. Edgar, on set with co star Leonardo Dicaprio)
He was unbelievable in The Social Network, and in J. Edgar, he’ll be playing the rumored lover of J. Edgar Hoover. This is a risky role for any actor to take, but Hammer will deliver and the Academy will deliver the gold.
Possible spoilers: John C. Reilly in We Need To Talk About Kevin, Phillip Seymour Hoffman in Moneyball
(L-John C. Reilly, R-Phillip Seymour Hoffman as Art Howe in Moneyball)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Jessica Chastain in The Tree of Life
(Jessica Chastain in The Tree of Life)
To be honest, I am picking her solely from viewing the trailer and it looks like she plays a significant part in this film. She’s young, she’s talented, give it to her!
Possible spoiler: Naomi Watts in J. Edgar, Marion Cottilard in Midnight in Paris
(L-Naomi Watts, R-Marion Cotillard on the set of Midnight in Paris with costar Owen Wilson)
Best Director: Terrence Malick for The Tree of Life
He’s a genius, plain and simple and he hasn’t directed a film in over 6 years. He’s been nominated before for The Thin Red Line, time to take it home.
Best Picture: The Tree of Life
The cast, the story, and the director. Nothing coming out in 2011 has this type of caliber behind, the only thing hindering this film is its early release, May 2011. We will see if this film runs out of steam, or continues to roll over the competition.
Possible spoilers: The Ides of March, J. Edgar, War Horse
So there it is! $100 bucks for each right answer, see you in a year.