85th Academy Awards: The Narrator’s Oscar Picks (And some wishful thinking)

We couldn’t wrap up Oscar Week on The Narrator without throwing our two-cents in the ring for who we think will win (or should win) big at tomorrow’s 85th Academy Awards show — all with a little help from our resident expert, writer and film critic Ann Lewinson. 

Ann reviews films for the Boston PhoenixThe Kansas City Star, and other publications and is a member of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists and the Boston Society of Film Critics. She  also leads a NYWC workshop  for youth at The Door.

Check out all the nominees here — and good luck with those ballots!

Acting Awards

  • Actor in a Leading Role – Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln (Wishful thinking: Denzel Washington, Flight)
  • Actress in a Leading Role – Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
  • Actor in a Supporting Role –  Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln (Wishful thinking: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained)
  • Actress in a Supporting Role –  Sally Field, Lincoln

Writing Awards

  • Best Adapted Screenplay Nominee: Chris Terrio, "Argo"

    Best Adapted Screenplay Nominee: Chris Terrio, “Argo”

    Best Adapted Screenplay – Chris Terrio, Argo (Wishful thinking: Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild)

  • Best Original Screenplay – Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty

Production Awards

  • Cinematography – Janusz Kaminski, Lincoln
  • Film Editing – William Goldenberg, Argo
  • Sound Editing  Paul N.J. Ottosson, Zero Dark Thirty
  • Sound Mixing  John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff & Jose Antonio Garcia, Argo
  • Production Design  Sarah Greenwood, Anna Karenina
  • Costume Design  Jacqueline Durran, Anna Karenina
  • Makeup and Hairstyling  Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater & Tami Lane, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (since this means most hairstyling)
  • Visual Effects  Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer & Donald R. Elliott, Life of Pi

Music Awards

  • Music (Original Score)  John Williams, Lincoln (Wishful thinking: Dario Marianelli, Anna Karenina)
  • Music (Original Song)  “Skyfall” from Skyfall, written by  Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth (because Adele wins everything)

Other Awards (That usually fall under the radar)

  • Foreign Language Film  Amour (Austria)
  • Documentary Feature  Dror Moreh, Philippa Kowarsky & Estelle Fialon, The Gatekeepers (This is the only nominee that is both important and cinematic. See for yourself at Film Forum.)
  • Documentary Short Subject  Sari Gilman and Jedd Wider, Kings Point (Get a peek at those cranky seniors here.)
  • Animated Feature Film  Mark Andrews & Brenda Chapman, Brave (Wishful thinking: Frankenweenie)
  • Short Animated Film  Timothy Reckart & Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly, Head Over Heels (This claymation from England’s National Film & Television School, blows away Disney’s much-hyped but paper-thin Paperman. Click here and see for yourself.)
  • Short Live Action Film  Tom Van Avermaet & Ellen De Waele, Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw) (This steam punk gem stars Rust and Bone’s Matthias Schoenaerts. From Belgium, Avermaet may be the next Guillermo del Toro or Christopher Nolan.)

Best Director

Best Picture Nominee: "Lincoln"

Best Picture Nominee: “Lincoln”

  • Steven Spielberg, Lincoln (Wishful thinking: Michael Haneke, Amour)

Best Picture

  • Lincoln (Wishful thinking: Amour, Beasts of the Southern Wild or Zero Dark Thirty)

Who made your Oscar ballot this year? Tell us in the comments — and enjoy the show!