It's time to play one of our favorite yearly games at Times Community News: Can You Outguess the Features Editor? And no, that's not a rhetorical question. You probably can.
Last year, incurable Oscar junkie that I am, I challenged readers to beat my predictions for the top six categories of the
As some of my friends know, I'm quite an expert when it comes to Oscar's past. If you stop me on the street and blurt out any year between 1928 and 2011, I can name the film that won that year's Best Picture within five seconds. Or perhaps you'll try a harder one: What was the last film to win the top prize without being nominated for Best Director? Who holds the record for most acting nominations without ever winning?
The answers, obviously, are "Driving Miss Daisy" and
But my wounds from the past are healed, and so 2013's contest is officially on. If you think you can predict the winners better than I can, email your picks for each category to firstname.lastname@example.org and include your full name, age and city of residence. If you win, you'll get a mention in the paper after the Feb. 24 ceremony. You'll also get to point and laugh at me if you see me on the street — provided that you beat me, of course.
And so we're off! Here are my (kind of) savvy predictions for each of the top prizes:
A note, first of all: I really don't care for this new system of nominating more than five movies for the top prize. When the field is stretched that thin, it always comes down to a handful of movies that have a chance and a larger handful (
Except that this year, I'm going out on a limb and predicting an upset win for
The pick: "Argo"
It's rare that this category causes the biggest furor, but with an all-star lineup of directors (Affleck,
The pick: Steven Spielberg
He played one of the icons of American history; he imbued a larger-than-life president with subtle human qualities; he added doses of wit and earthiness to balance the somber political themes. But enough about
The pick: Daniel Day-Lewis
My heart says that Quvenzhané Wallis will sneak in for "Beasts" —
The pick: Jessica Chastain
Best Supporting Actor
No beginner's luck in this category — five former winners! At least two of them will probably be disqualified for sameness:
The pick: Tommy Lee Jones
Best Supporting Actress
Sometimes, the Academy will honor a movie by honoring one performance, and that looks to be the case with
The pick: Anne Hathaway