Oscar time is here again. The annual Academy Awards ceremony airs this Sunday, February 24th. As we get ready to watch Hollywood celebrate itself once more, let’s find out which of this year’s nominated movies you think will win the coveted Best Picture trophy. More importantly, which do you think should win?
Please note that I’ve divided this topic into two separate polls below. In the first, you should vote for the movie that you think will win Best Picture. Regardless of whether you liked the movie or not, this vote is strictly a prediction for the film you believe the Academy voters will go for.
I’m terrible at predicting award winners, and I think that this year is one of the most difficult to guess in recent memory. I don’t see any clear-cut winners from this batch. While Steven Spielberg’s historical bio-pic ‘Lincoln’ leads the nomination count, I just haven’t seen all that much enthusiasm for the film from either critics or audiences, even those who’ve admired it.
‘Argo’ has picked up a lot of important awards that are generally considered predictors for Oscar glory, including the AFI Award, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA. It seems to have built up steam in recent weeks. However, the lack of a nomination for director Ben Affleck may sour its chances at winning Best Picture. The same goes for ‘Zero Dark Thirty’.
Mrs. Z is convinced that the momentum is with ‘Silver Linings Playbook’. Maybe I’m just short-sighted, but I don’t see that at all, and none of the others strike me as having much of a chance.
I’m going to play it safe here by assuming that the Academy will also play it safe. I predict that ‘Lincoln’ will ultimately triumph.
In our next poll, tell us which movie you think should win the prize.
I still haven’t seen a damn one of these movies, and so can’t comment.
A final note: We had a lot of fun live-blogging the Oscar ceremony the last couple of years. Unfortunately, due to many complications that have resulted from my moving and the current shambles that my home theater room is in, it looks very unlikely that I’ll be able to host another live-blog this year.