It’s Friday.  Oscars are on Sunday.  I’ve rattled my brain for hours, days, weeks.  It hurts.  I can’t.  I am fully ready to be wrong in many categories.  I also chickened out in several categories.

I wanted to put Max Von Sydow instead of Christopher Plummer.  Not happening.  Can I get some type of credit if it happens?  No?  I thought so.  I wanted to place “The Artist” winning Original Screenplay over Woody Allen and “Midnight in Paris.”  Terrible.  I’m usually good at taking the big stabs.  I chose Amy Adams when everyone said it was Rachel Weisz.  I acknowledged I was wrong but I still went for it.  It happens.  But I have called great things like “The Hurt Locker” in May or Alan Arkin over Eddie Murphy and when I was in high school and had no idea what I was talking about I said Marcia Gay Harden for “Pollock.”  Maybe it’ll be a safe year, maybe it’ll be a complete mind-trip, but at least it’ll be over.  And then we can start this painful process again on Monday morning with the Year-In-Advance predictions.

You can check out each category through the Oscar Prediction pages with commentary for each category and my Who Will Win/Should Win. If you read the Davis Awards 2011, then you know my dream nominations and winners.  Collectively, they are after the jump.

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Best Motion Picture – “The Artist”
Alternate: “Hugo”

Best Director – Michel Hazanavicius for “The Artist”
Alternate: Martin Scorsese for “Hugo”

Best Actor – Jean Dujardin for “The Artist”
Alternate: George Clooney for “The Descendants”

Best Actress – Viola Davis for “The Help”
Alternate: Glenn Close for “Albert Nobbs”

Best Supporting Actor – Christopher Plummer for “Beginners”
Alternate: Max Von Sydow for “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”

Best Supporting Actress – Octavia Spencer for “The Help”
Alternate: Berenice Bejo for “The Artist”

Best Original Screenplay – “Midnight in Paris”
Alternate: “The Artist”

Best Adapted Screenplay – “The Descendants”
Alternate: “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”

Best Animated Feature – “Rango”
Alternate: “Puss in Boots”

Best Art Direction – “Hugo”
Alternate: “The Artist”

Best Cinematography – “The Tree of Life”
Alternate: “Hugo”

Best Costume Design – “The Artist”
Alternate: “Jane Eyre”

Best Film Editing – “The Artist”
Alternate: “Hugo”

Best Makeup – “The Iron Lady”
Alternate: “Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2”

Best Original Score – “The Artist”
Alternate: “War Horse”

Best Original Song – “Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets”

Best Sound Mixing – “Hugo”
Alternate: “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”

Best Sound Editing – “Hugo”
Alternate: “War Horse”

Best Visual Effects – “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”
Alternate: “Hugo”

Best Foreign Language Film: “A Separation”
Alternate: “In Darkness”

Best Documentary Feature – “Undefeated”
Alternate: “Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory”

Best Animated Short Subject – “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore”
Alternate: “La Luna”

Best Documentary Short Subject – “Saving Face”
Alternate: “God is Bigger than Elvis”

Best Live Action Short – “The Shore”
Alternate: “Raju”

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