There is simply no doubt in my mind that you have been waiting with abated breath for my choices for this year's Oscars. This is the week all the fun begins with the parties, betting pools and office cooler arguments! This year I have seen all the nominated films and seen them on the wide screen which is very important.
So without making you wait any longer here are my personal picks on who I want to win the Oscars:
Best Picture: Silver Lining Playbook
For the last several weeks I have gone back and forth between Argo and Silver Lining Playbook. In the end, the David Russell film is everything good about the movies. Silver Lining Playbook featured astounding acting, great writing, fantastic direction and brilliant editing. While Argo had me on the edge of my seat it lack a lot of the same ingredients which is reflected in how few other nominations it received from the Academy voters. Also Affleck lost me in the ending with the Blue Brothers police car scene on the runway!
Best Actress: Naomi Watts (The Impossible)
This was another close call for me between Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Lining) and Naomi Watts. The Impossible was perhaps the most overlooked movie this year by the Academy. With few words in the screenplay, Naomi Watts gave the acting performance of the year. She held a brilliant ensemble cast together in a powerful movie.
Best Actor: Daniel Day Lewis (Lincoln)
Poor Bradley Cooper and Hugh Jackman because in any other year they would have a real shot at this award. However this isn't even close and Daniel Day Lewis deserves the Oscar in a runaway. Lewis was Lincoln and made the movie which was not one of my favorites. Lewis is clearly one of the great actors of our generation.
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables)
There are moments in a theater where you just go 'wow'. Anne Hathaway singing "On My Own" was just such a moment. Her fall from grace was spectacularly played and jumped from the screen. Also loved Jackie Weaver in Silver Lining Playbook and she would be my second choice.
Best Supporting Actor: Robert DeNiro (Silver Lining Playbook)
DeNiro nailed this role in Silver Lining Playbook. In a film with outstanding performances he stood out. One of his best roles and acting in years.
Best Director: David Russell (Silver Lining Playbook):
If Ben Affleck was nominated he could give Russell a run for his money, but no matter what David Russell deserves this award. He took a first rate story and make it magical. This was a masterful job.
Best Adapted Screenplay: Tony Kushner (Lincoln)
Outside of Daniel Day Lewis's performance this was the other really first rate part of Lincoln! Tony Kushner is a genius.
Best Original Screenplay: Mark Boal (Zero Dark Thirty)
This isn't even a contest. Boal nailed this screenplay.
Best Documentary: How To Survive A Plague
Having seen all these films there is no question in my mind that How To Survive A Plague deserves an Oscar. Searching for Sugarman was delightful but How to ...is everything a we should want from a documentary film.