And the winners are…! (My Oscar 2013 scorecard)

Perhaps I’m the only one, or in the minority, but I found it incredibly frustrating that I couldn’t find just a straightforward list of winners for the 85th Annual Academy Awards.  When it comes to awards shows, I’m more interested in the results than any of the performances and commentary.  In fact, nine times out of ten I find myself either cringing or incredibly bored by all the extra filler that drags these programs on for so long.  Call me impatient, and I won’t argue with you.  When it comes to these types of programs, I don’t deny that I am.  I also find awards shows (of any kind) to be kind of laughable, mostly because we as an audience are watching a moment that we’ll never truly be part of, and it’s more of just an inside peek on a private party anyway.

85th Academy Awards Poster

I actually had a little hope that the filler content of the Oscars would be interesting this year, mostly since there actually were movies worth talking about in 2012, but unfortunately the two don’t seem to go hand-in-hand.  Anyway, below is just a quick list I’ve drawn up for fun—I know it’s been a day or two since the event actually happened, but at the time I’m writing this, it’s actually Oscars night.  I just decided to schedule this entry for today.  Remember when I said I figured out a way to get a post up on my blog every day, or at least improve on posting more regularly?  Yeah.  I discovered and tested the post scheduling feature on WordPress.  Pretty useful tool for inconsistent bloggers like myself, but I digress.  Onward to the list.

Pretty straightforward.  I’ve taken my (“will win”) predictions from my Oscars post from back in January, put them against who actually won, and maybe a comment or two about what I thought about some of the results.  At the end will be my tallied score.

There were some sections where I had no guess.  Those sections were automatically subtracted from the total.


Best Picture

My Prediction: Argo
Winner: Argo

Best Actor

My Prediction: Denzel Washington
Winner: Daniel Day-Lewis

Best Actress

My Prediction: Jennifer Lawrence
Winner: Jennifer Lawrence

Best Supporting Actor

My Prediction: Alan Arkin
Winner: Christoph Waltz
Comment(s): I’m surprised and then I’m not.  I chose Arkin because I thought that while Django and Argo are pretty much tied in terms of how much buzz both films have been getting, I thought Argo would win out in pretty much every category.  What I really would have liked to see though was Tommy Lee Jones receiving some love.

Best Supporting Actress

My Prediction: Jacki Weaver
Winner: Anne Hathaway
Comment(s): I’m almost relieved, not because I’m a fan, but because of the hissy fit Hathaway might have thrown if she hadn’t received this category.

Best Animated Feature Film

My Prediction: Wreck-It Ralph
Winner: Brave
Comment(s): I’m actually happy with this result, as I think Brave was the lesser of two evils in this case.  Honestly though, 2012 was a pretty bad year in terms of animated films.

Best Cinematography

My Prediction:
Winner: Life of Pi
Comment(s): I was way wrong about this one.  Scotty from 3Guys1Movie told me that this was a pretty visually appealing film, so I’ll be sure to check this one out later.

Best Costume Design

My Prediction: Anna Karenina
Winner: Anna Karenina
Comment(s): Not all too surprised here.  I think this movie and Les Mis were kind of tied in terms of costume design, but I’m not surprised that Anna won out, because the designs were a lot flashier, in a sense.

Best Directing

My Prediction: Silver Linings Playbook
Winner: Life of Pi

Best Documentary Feature

My Prediction: N/A
Winner: Searching for Sugar Man

Best Documentary Short

My Prediction: N/A
Winner: Inocente

Best Film Editing

My Prediction: Life of Pi
Winner: Argo

Best Foreign Language Film

My Prediction: Amour
Winner: Amour

Best Makeup & Hairstyling

My Prediction: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Winner: Les Misérables
Comment(s): This one actually came as a bit of a surprise to me.  I didn’t think the makeup and hair in Les Mis was anything to write home about.

Best Original Score

My Prediction: Skyfall
Winner: Life of Pi

Best Original Song

My Prediction: “Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from Ted

Best Production Design

My Prediction: Anna Karenina
Winner: Lincoln

Best Animated Short Film

My Prediction: “Paperman”
Winner: “Paperman
 VERY pleased with this result.  In fact, this is the one category that I honestly cared the most about.  I thought this short was extremely well made.  If I could own it as a standalone copy, I would buy that in a hot second.  Unfortunately, this is likely to get released with Wreck-It Ralph, and I wasn’t too big a fan of that movie.  Wishful thinking, but if they released “Paperman” in a shorts collection with other great shorts like “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore,” I’d be ecstatic.

Best Live Action Short Film

My Prediction: N/A

Best Sound Editing

My Prediction: Django Unchained
Winner: Skyfall & Zero Dark Thirty (tie)
Comment(s): Even with a tie I couldn’t get this section right.  I find that incredibly amusing.  In hindsight though, I probably should have considered Skyfall.

Best Sound Mixing

My Prediction: Argo
Winner: Les Misérables
Comment(s): All I can say here is, “I should have known.”  Les Mis is a musical.  I don’t know why I didn’t think to predict this one.  Silly me.

Best Visual Effects

My Prediction: Marvel’s The Avengers
 Life of Pi
Comment(s): I feel like this and the cinematography category kind of go together, so seeing as Life of Pi won that as well, this result doesn’t seem as surprising.

Best Adapted Screenplay

My Prediction: Argo

Comment(s): Argo, I feel like Beasts of the Southern Wild   Of course, I might change my mind after watching Argo.  Who knows.  We’ll see.

Best Original Screenplay

My Prediction: Django Unchained
Winner: Django Unchained

MY SCORE: 5/24


So clearly I am not gifted with psychic abilities.  Oh well.  I’ll play again next year.  Did anyone else do any better with there predictions?  Feel free to share your results/thoughts in the comments!  ‘Till next time, then!

4 responses to “And the winners are…! (My Oscar 2013 scorecard)

  1. I don’t really feel cinematography and special effects really go together. Many of my favorite Japanese movies (1995’s Love Letter comes to mind) feature absolutely gorgeous special effects, but are almost completely devoid of special effects. However, I am slightly disappointed Skyfall didn’t win the cinematography award.

  2. Thanks for the recap, and certainly I’m not the one to get into award shows either. Cool WordPress plugin, I’m currently working on a personal site and moving everything over from Blogger.

    Several of your predictions were accurate. Kind of surprised by the original song one with Skyfall, even though I thought it was an awesome film.

    • Nice! Yeah, for some reason I really like WordPress. They’ve pretty much got everything I need.

      What plugin? Do you mean all the share buttons, or how I have my entries get auto-shared on Twitter? I just figured out both functions today. Hahaha, I’m so slow on the uptake.

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