The contributors at State-line.com love movies. We even gave love to Nicolas Cage and his excuses for entertainment. Enough of the Hollywood abominations, I now present the official State-Lines Oscar predictions. We are sure to nail these.

Best Picture 

  • Argo DH AK DW
  • Amour
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild 
  • Django Unchained
  • Les Misérables
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln JA GG JM
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Zero Dark Thirty JH

Argo 

David Hennenhoefer- I’ve actually scene 7/9 of these movies nominated and Argo was the most complete. It started off as a Hollywood satire and smoothly transitioned into full fledged action drama. It worked on a variety of levels and delivered a solid ensemble performance.

Adam Kappel – Argo was something different and extremely well done. I personally loved it and think it’s going to take people by surprise in this Oscars this year.

DJ Wooldridge – The thing with the Oscars is that their taste in movies is like my taste in food, kind of bland and generic. I’d love to see Django take home the award because it’s bold, challenging, and a good time. These are all also reasons why I don’t think it’ll win. The Oscars tend to go towards competently crafted, feel good movies. If they give you bleary eyes, all the better. Besides, Argo’s been tearing it up this awards season.

Lincoln 

Jonas Arca- It insist upon itself.

Gil Gonzalez- It comes down to Django and the man who set him free. Historical bio pics are always good bets for Oscar nods, and it seems like Hollywood has something against the genius of Tarantino. But I’m going with Lincoln simply because any movie that features Jonah Hill, no matter how good it is, should never win an Oscar…. see Moneyball.

Jonathan Mitchell- This movie had it all: Acting, writing, directing, cinematography. It deserves to win here.

Zero Dark Thirty 

Jarrett Haas- Zero Dark will win – A truly unique movie, and it’s about the worlds biggest man hunt!

 

Achievement In Directing 

  • Ang Lee, Life of Pi JM
  • Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook JA JH AK
  • Michael Haneke, Amour
  • Steven Spielberg, Lincoln  DH GG DW

Ang Lee 

Jonathan Mitchell- I did not expect much from this movie, to be quite honest, but it exceeded every expectation and Ang Lee had every bit to do with that.

David O’Russell 

Jonas Arca- coin toss

Jarrett Haas- David O will win, but he shouldnt.  He had the best “paint brushes” to work with.

Adam Kappel – I thought the movie was well done overall and I’d like to see it win.

Steve Spielberg

David Hennenhoefer- First and foremost it is a travesty that Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow are not nominated in this category. Because those two are not nominated and the academy loves rewarding people like Steven Spielberg he’ll most likely win this award.

Gil Gonzalez- By now, you have to think other directors just cringe when they hear Spielberg is releasing a film. “Damn … there goes my chance to win this year.”

DJ Wooldridge – But who cares, really? I personally don’t find anything to get excited about with this line-up.

Performance By An Actor In A Lead Role 

Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook

Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln JA DH GG JM AK DW

Denzel Washington, Flight

Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables

Joaquin Phoenix, The Master JH 

Daniel Day-Lewis

Jonas Arca- He killed it.

David Hennenhoefer- This is the easiest prediction of the whole award show. I feel bad for the other actors because in most years this category would be wide open. Daniel Day-Lewis became Abe Lincoln. He become the iconic man and gave modern day society the closest thing to the man himself.

Gil Gonzalez- Daniel Day Lewis, because as Honest Abe once said, “If you cut off my left foot, there will be blood.”

Jonathan Mitchell- He may be the best actor alive. Seriously.

Adam Kappel – It’s Daniel Day Lewis. Who can honestly beat him out?

DJ Wooldridge – Uh, duh. He’s Daniel Day-Lewis. If he added another part to his last name it’d be Daniel Day-Lewis-Awesome. Though I feel like there should be a special reward just for that processing scene between Phoenix and Hoffman in the Master. I had mixed feelings about that movie, but that single scene was mesmerizing.

Joaquin Phoenix

Jarrett Haas- THE PHOENIX WILL RISE!

Best Performance By An Actress In A Leading Role 

  • Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
  • Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook JA DH JH
  • Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty AK DW
  • Naomi Watts, The Impossible
  • Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild  GG JM

Jennifer Lawrence 

Jonas Arca- Because she’s that girl right now.

David Hennenhoefer- Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role should go to Jennifer Lawrence. She is captivating as Tiffany Maxwell and spices up every scene she is in. She drives the movie in its main climatic chaotic scene and really leads.

Jarrett Haas- I saw Jennifer Lawrence’s SNL monologue, and she had many great points. She wins!

Quvenzhané Wallis 

Gil Gonzalez- Quvenzhané Wallis. I will turn off the schtick for a second and say Quvenzhané was simply electrifying in Beasts of the Southern Wild. The fact she was able to take charge of every scene and command your attention as an unknown and untrained actress merits her the award.

Jonathan Mitchell- I am picking her because she is the “sleeper” pick. Call it a gut-feeling.

Jessica Chastain

Adam Kappel – I was torn between her and Jennifer Lawrence. I really enjoyed Chastain in ZDT and she’s starting to pop up everywhere.

DJ Wooldridge – Jessica Chastain is great, and has had a stellar year. Though I gotta say, I preferred her performance in Mama than in ZD30. I’m not sure if that says more about Zero Dark, or me.

 

Best Performance A Supporting Actor In A Lead Role 

  • Alan Arkin, Argo JM
  • Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained JA DH JH GG AK DW
  • Phillip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
  • Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook
  • Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln 

Alan Arkin 

Jonathan Mitchell- Arkin made this movie. His acting was phenomenal and he deserves this award.

Christoph Waltz

Jonas Arca- Tough one; if not him Tommy Lee Jones.

David Hennenhoefer- Tommy Lee Jones and Christoph Waltz are neck and neck in this category. Jones has a slight edge but I think Waltz wins out. He is the best performer of Quentin Tarantino material not named Samuel L. Jackson. He nails his role as Dr. King Schultz in this modern pulp filled spaghetti style western.

Jarrett Haas- Christoph Waltz.  Always!

Gil Gonzalez- Christoph Waltz. The dude’s bad-ass. What more do you need to know?

Adam Kappel — Christoph of course. Great job as usual.

DJ Wooldridge – I really wish Samuel L. Jackson was on this list. I loved Waltz in Django, but I feel Jackson had the better performance of a far more complicated character. Anyway, Waltz is a joy to watch as he spouts Tarantino’s most effusive dialogue, so of course he’d be nominated again. Oh well. And seriously, can we give Hoffman and Phoenix a special award just for that one damn scene?

Best Performance By A Supporting Actress In A Lead Role 

  • Amy Adams, The Master JH AK
  • Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables JA DH DW
  • Helen Hunt, The Sessions GG
  • Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook
  • Sally Field, Lincoln JM 

Amy Adams  

Jarrett Haas- Amy Adams was great and totally deserves it.  Please, no Anne Hathaway.  Singing?  Psch!

Adam Kappel – I have a huge crush on Amy Adams, so yeah.

Anne Hathaway   

Jonas Arca- Just because.

David Hennenhoefer- Anne Hathaway nailed Fantine in Les Misérables. The character of Fantine is summed up by the song “I Dreamed A Dream”. If you don’t provoke emotion and tears then you didn’t become Fantine. Hathaway did all of that and in the some (she went on a starvation diet basically eating just enough to stay alive).

DJ Wooldridge – I unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) haven’t gotten a chance to watch Le Mis yet, but I hear Hathaway destroyed in it. She’s a great actress, and seems like an incredibly decent person, so good for her. Besides, I’ll just pretend she’s getting the trophy for her great turn as Catwoman in TDKR.

Helen Hunt   

Gil Gonzalez- Hunt, because we FINALLY got to see Jamie Buchman’s lady bits.

Sally Field  

Jonathan Mitchell- She was better than the rest in her group. Period.

 

Best Animated Movie 

  • Brave
  • Frankenweenie DW
  • ParaNorman 
  • The Pirates! Band of Misfits
  • Wreck-It Ralph JA DH JH GG JM AK

Frankenweenie

DJ Wooldridge – Frankenweenie’s gonna take it. It’s amazing family entertainment. I also really enjoyed it, but feel a little torn when I think about it. I’m not sure ParaNorman was as consistant as Weenie, but its message was definitely more powerful, not to mention daring, for a “kids” movie.

Wreck-It Ralph 

Jonas Arca- Because my daughter loves Wreck-It Ralph

David Hennenhoefer- Wreck-It Ralph was charming and everything a person could want from an animated movie. It was original and accessible to generations who grew up on Atari and those growing up on Xbox 360.

Jarrett Haas- It better be Ralph!  Or I’m gonna wreck it!

Gil Gonzalez- Wreck It Ralph. Any movie about video games gets my roll of quarters.

Jonathan Mitchell- Much more original than any animated movie to come out in a while and it deserves this award.

Adam Kappel – Loved this movie. It’ll win, period.

 

Best Original Screenplay 

  • Amour, Michael Haneke
  • Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino JA DH DW
  • Flight, John Gatins
  • Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola JH GG JM AK
  • Zero Dark Thirty, Mark Boal

Quentin Tarantino

Jonas Arca- He’s a compelling dude.

David Hennenhoefer- Quentin Tarantino is one of the most consistent screenwriters making films. Point blank, the man knows how to translate the visions in his head to the ones audiences see on screen. He edges out Mark Boal and the creative duo of Wes Anderson(overrated) and Roman Coppola.

DJ Wooldridge – I feel like Tarantino is shoe-in for this one. It seems to be the only award the Academy is willing to give him, considering his game changing Pulp Fiction one best screenplay, but lost best feature to Forrest Gump. Forrest Gump! That still makes me angry, and cements the Academy’s predilection towards “feel good” over just plain good.

Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola 

Jarrett Haas- Dear God, please Moonrise.  I love Wes.  The critics did too this year.  He wins!

Gil Gonzalez- Moonrise Kingdom. Is it me or does the name Roman Coppola sound a little redundant?

Jonathan Mitchell- C’mon, man, it’s Wes Anderson!

Adam Kappel – Wes Anderson is the king of “originality”. MK was no exception.

 

Best Adapted Screenplay 

  • Argo, Chris Terrio JA DW
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild, Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin JH
  • Life of Pi, David Magee
  • Lincoln, Tony Kushner JM
  • Silver Linings Playbook, David O. Russell DH GG AK

Argo   

Jonas Arca- Because it was, I guess.

DJ Wooldridge – Again, Argo has been destroying in other award competitions.

Beasts of the Southern Wild  

Jarrett Haas- Beasts.  What a cool story.  From a short film to an inspiring full feature.

Lincoln  

Jonathan Mitchell- This movie, across the board, held up and exceeded expectations. If it does not win best motion picture it should win this.

Silver Linings Playbook

David Hennenhoefer- This award belongs to David O. Russell. He adapted a beautiful modern day love story. It examines those suffering from mental illness and gives hope to everybody struggling with personal demons and inner corks.

Gil Gonzalez-  I totally threw a dart for this one. #noclue 

Adam Kappel- Would’ve loved to see Perks Of Being a Wallflower in this category because I think it was the best out of any of them adaption wise. But, SLP was great too and deserves the win.

 

Achievement in Cinematography 

  • Anna Karenina, Seamus McGarvey
  • Django Unchained, Robert Richardson
  • Life of Pi, Claudio Miranda DH GG JH JM AK DW
  • Lincoln, Janusz Kaminski
  • Skyfall, Roger Deakins JA  

Life of Pi 

David Hennenhoefer- I really want this award to go to Skyfall. Skyfall took a Bond movie and visually turned the genre on its head. It took a format thats been around for decades and made it something new. With that said I feel the Academy will totally whiff on this one give the award to Life of Pi.

Gil Gonzalez- Life of Pi. It’s a dude, a boat, and a tiger. All that’s left is the cinematography.

Jarrett Haas- I actually want Skyfall to win.  It was breathtaking.  But I think Life of Pi will win, which was also breath taking, but a crappy movie

Jonathan Mitchell- I really want Skyfall to win, and I think the movie was wrongfully under presented in the nominations, but the cinematography in Life of Pi is what made the movie so wonderful.

Adam Kappel – Didn’t see Life of Pi, but I’m sure it’ll win.

DJ Wooldridge – I feel like this is the only real toss up on this list of awards. Deakins did great work on Skyfall, and he’d definitely be my choice, but it’s a Bond movie. The Academy is too prim and proper for such base fare. Django was also great, but again, a little too “out there”. With Academy it’s usually best to go with the safest bet. I fell like Pi is that for this category.

Skyfall 

Jonas Arca- No idea….

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