Award season is big, but nothing is bigger than the Oscars. The clothes, the mass amount of celebrities jam-packed into one place, the censored swear words—gotta love live television. Maybe you flip channels, waiting for the “big” awards to be called, or maybe you just wait to see the list of winners the next morning. But for those of you who love movies and feel like you have a vested interest in the awards show, here’s your own Oscar ballot. Tear out, circle your predictions and match them up throughout the show. And as an added bonus, I’ve included my picks in the categories I actually had an opinion on. I have no credentials except that I love movies, so feel free to disagree.
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Life of Pi
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty
My Pick: To me, this was a pretty hard year to choose a favorite, but I’m sticking with the first movie I saw of the bunch, “Lincoln.” It’s an obvious choice, I mean come on it is Steven Spielberg, but it’s also a great story about a great historical figure.
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Denzel Washington, Flight
My Pick: I wouldn’t argue if Daniel or Bradley got the gold man, (I haven’t yet seen “The Master” or “Flight”). However, Day-Lewis already has two Oscars and I don’t think Cooper will ever get another chance to shine like he did in “Silver Linings Playbook.” Give him an award now before he signs up for another “Hangover” movie.
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Naomi Watts, The Impossible
My Pick: Quvenzhane Wallis hands down. You cannot take your eyes off that little girl. She could be mute and still display all of the emotions of her character, “Hushpuppy.”
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Alan Arkin, Argo
Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
My Pick: Tommy Lee Jones. You can argue that he was just playing himself, but his role as Thaddeus Stevens was just plain fun to watch.
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams, The Master
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook
My Pick: Anne Hathaway. She was a double threat in “Les Mis” by singing and acting and nailing both. Her role, while small in the realm of the three-hour film, haunts you throughout.
Best Animated Feature Film
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
My Pick: I’m going with the only one I saw in this category: “Wreck-It Ralph.” It was really cute, any video gamer will appreciate the references.
Short Film, animated
Adam and Dog
Head over Heels
Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”
Paperman John Kahrs
My Pick: Again, the only one I saw was “Paperman.” It was before “Wreck-It Ralph.” But it truly was such a beautiful short. The music and the adorable ending moved me so much I forgot that I was essentially watching a cartoon.
Music, Original Song
“Before My Time” from Chasing Ice, Music and Lyric by J. Ralph
“Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from Ted, Music by Walter Murphy; Lyric by Seth MacFarlane
“Pi’s Lullaby” from Life of Pi, Music by Mychael Danna; Lyric by Bombay Jayashri
“Skyfall” from Skyfall, Music and Lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
“Suddenly” from Les Misérables, Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; Lyric by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil
My Pick: “Skyfall.” Adele never loses. Unless Beyonce sang something for “Lincoln,” there’s really no competition.
Music, Original Score
Anna Karenina, Dario Marianelli
Argo, Alexandre Desplat
Life of Pi, Mychael Danna
Lincoln, John Williams
Skyfall, Thomas Newman
My Pick: John Williams. This is the man who came up with the catchy “Star Wars” theme song. I think any music nerd would agree he’s an easy choice.
Anna Karenina, Jacqueline Durran
Les Miserables, Paco Delgado
Lincoln, Joanna Johnston
Mirror Mirror, Eiko Ishioka
Snow White and the Huntsman, Colleen Atwood
My Pick: I’ve seen all of the above movies except for “Anna Karenina”—but you can tell just from the trailers that these period costumes were gorgeous. My favorite was “Mirror Mirror.” The costumes were whimsical and the swan number worn by Lily Collins, was exceptionally beautiful.
Amour, Michael Haneke
Beasts of the Southern Wild, Benh Zeitlin
Life of Pi, Ang Lee
Lincoln, Steven Spielberg
Silver Linings Playbook, David O. Russell
My Pick: I bet you thought I’d say Spielberg. While I wouldn’t disagree with him winning, I‘m rooting for David O. Russell. I think for actors to tap into their “crazy” side, they need a director whom they trust. Whatever Russell did to get his actors to give such great performances, worked.
For a complete list of award categories and nominees, visit oscar.go.com/nominees
THE 85TH ACADEMY AWARDS
WHEN: Airing live at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24 on ABC