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Oscar Predictions Update – ‘Banks’ Builds Buzz, Thompson Threatens the Best Actress Race

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gravity1Giving an Oscar Predictions update to most of the categories, this race is finally starting to take some shape.  Nearly every category has been updated as you can see and the rest of the staff weighed in on their own thoughts on their predictions page.

General observations and thoughts include:

  • Saving Mr. Banks is beginning to build some steam.  Assuming that AMPAS will step out of their normal routine with either 12 Years a Slave and Gravity, those two are the top contenders.  If they don’t, Saving Mr. Banks looks like something they would move towards.
  • Original Screenplay has become such a question mark and Adapted Screenplay is the saddest category of the Oscars this year.
  • Foreign Language Film has become extremely competitive.  Lots of countries are in the mix, and they’ve played on the festival circuit all year.  The Past is probably the top choice given its high-profile but something like The Hunt, Wadjda, or Child’s Pose could sneak in and steal.
  • The Cinematography category has potential to be the best lineup since 2007.  Roger Deakins, Sean Bobbit, and Emmanuel Lubeski are in the mix with great work by Anthony Dod Mantle and Phedon Papamichael waiting in the wings for key notices.
  • Could summer blockbusters Man of Steel, Elysium, and Pacific Rim be headed for a shut out?

Check out all the updates with the menu above or click here.

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Phillip Milner

I don’t know… Best actress is pretty sad so far this season.

Anthony Moseley

I’d say Saving Mr. Banks is the safe choice for Best Picture this year. We’ve seen in the past Oscar pass up heavy favorites for the safe choice (The King’s Speech over The Social Network immediately comes to mind). Something tells me that Oscar will go with the safest choice once again.

Emil Petrov

Why is ”Atlas” by Coldplay (the Hunger Games) not in the list for Original Song? The song is quite fantastic and it’s sound like something Oscar will go for.

Any clarification on this?


Daniel Bruhl for Best Supporting Actor. His performance as Niki Lauda was unreal and completely original. Shouldn’t be overlooked just because Rush under-performed.



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