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12 hours out: final Oscar predictions

Craig Manning
A&E Editor

A few days ago, I went through and outlined my thoughts on the most major categories in the Academy Awards race. A few things have happened since then: the DGA (Director’s Guild of America) announced their nominees, for one, naming Affleck, Bigelow, Hooper, Lee and Spielberg’s work as the most notable directorial achievements of the year. Since I was already leaning toward Lee as the owner of the fifth slot for tomorrow’s Oscar nominations, that didn’t change my plans a whole lot. The ASC (American Society of Cinematographers) released their picks (identical to the ones below), helping to shed some light on one of the always-difficult-to-predict tech categories. And finally, just this morning, BAFTA (the British Academy of Film and Television Arts) went live with their own nominations, boosting Ben Affleck’s Argo firmly back into the frontrunner position, showing some much-needed love for Django Unchained (and notching Tarantino and Christoph Waltz as possible spoilers for the Best Director and Best Supporting Actor categories) and making Skyfall‘s Javier Bardem feel like a safer bet.

And now, after months of watching these films, praising the performances and crafts that I loved and spurning those I did not, it’s finally time for me to lay my pencil down and let the chips fall as they will. Tomorrow morning’s nominations (which will be announced at 5:30 a.m Pacific, 8:30 a.m. local time) will clarify a lot: they will let us know whether or not Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables is a legitimate Best Picture contender, they will reveal the strength (or lack thereof) of Django Unchained and they will determine, in part, how Skyfall is remembered. And of course, these nominations will send us barreling toward the Feb. 24 Academy Awards broadcast, one that should serve as a stirring conclusion to the most exciting and unpredictable awards season I have ever followed. I, for one, can’t wait to see how it all shakes out in the end.

Check back early tomorrow for a full rundown of nominees, as well as my own reactions and analyses of the next phase of the Oscar race. Until then, these predictions are set in stone.

BEST PICTURE

Argo
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Django Unchained
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Moonrise Kingdom
Silver Linings Playbook
Skyfall
Zero Dark Thirty

Alt: Amour

BEST DIRECTOR

Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Ben Affleck, Argo
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
Tom Hooper, Les Miserables

Alt: Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

BEST ACTOR

Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Denzel Washington, Flight
Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
John Hawkes, The Sessions

Alt: Joaquin Phoenix, The Master

BEST ACTRESS

Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone
Naomi Watts, The Impossible

Alt: Helen Mirren, Hitchcock

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Alan Arkin, Argo
Javier Bardem, Skyfall
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Robert DeNiro, Silver Linings Playbook
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln

Alt: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Amy Adams, The Master
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Maggie Smith, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Sally Field, Lincoln

Alt: Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Amour
Django Unchained
Moonrise Kingdom
The Master
Zero Dark Thirty

Alt: Looper

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Argo
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Silver Linings Playbook

Alt: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

BEST FILM EDITING

Argo
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Skyfall
Zero Dark Thirty

Alt: Silver Linings Playbook

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Anna Karenina
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Skyfall

Alt: Django Unchained

COSTUME DESIGN

A Royal Affair
Anna Karenina
Django Unchained
Les Miserables
Snow White and the Huntsman

Alt: Lincoln

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

Hitchcock
The Hobbit
Les Miserables

Alt: Lincoln

VISUAL EFFECTS

The Avengers
The Dark Knight Rises
The Hobbit
Life of Pi
Prometheus

Alt: Cloud Atlas

BEST SOUND MIXING

The Avengers
The Dark Knight Rises
Django Unchained
Les Miserables
Skyfall

Alt: Life of Pi

BEST SOUND EDITING

The Avengers
The Dark Knight Rises
Django Unchained
Skyfall
Zero Dark Thirty

Alt: Life of Pi

PRODUCTION DESIGN

Anna Karenina
Django Unchained
Les Miserables
Lincoln
Skyfall

Alt: The Master

ORIGINAL SCORE

Anna Karenina
Argo
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Life of Pi
Lincoln

Alt: Skyfall

ORIGINAL SONG

“Learn Me Right” from Brave
“Ancora Qui” from Django Unchained
“Pi’s Lullaby” from Life of Pi
“Suddenly” from Les Misérables
“Skyfall” from Skyfall

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Amour
Kon-Tiki
The Intouchables
No
War Witch

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

5 Broken Cameras
The Gatekeepers
How to Survive a Plague
The Imposter
Searching For Sugar Man

ANIMATED FEATURE

Brave
Frankenweenie
ParaNorman
Rise of the Guardians
Wreck-It-Ralph

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