Here are the 3 things I hope to see happen at Sunday's Oscars Ceremony:
1. Jessica Chastain wins Best Actress
Is Chastain's performance in Zero Dark Thirty a performance for the ages? No, but it's the best of the category and it has been a shame to see her Oscar chances slip slowly away 2 years in a row. Here's hoping she can pull of an upset against Jennifer Lawrence and Emmanuelle Riva.
2. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey wins an Oscar
The 3 Lord of the Rings films are all Oscar winners. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is almost as good as those 3 films and definitely deserves to be a winner too. Preferably it would be for its production design where once again that team made us believe in Middle-Earth. However, its best chance for a win is in Best Makeup and Hairstyling. Les Miserables has to be considered a frontrunner there but The Hobbit can definitely pull off the upset.
3. David O. Russell does not win Best Director or Best Adapted Screenplay
David O. Russell is quickly becoming one of the go-to directors for actors in Hollywood's eyes. However, I thought O. Russell's handling of the actors in The Fighter almost sank that film. His directing and writing were also nothing special for Silver Linings Playbook (especially in the cliche driven second half). Before I continue my rant though let me say Russell's handling of the actors in this film was much better as there was not a bad performance in the cast and he got a career best performance from Bradley Cooper. However, what really irks me about this guy is this is the second awards season in a row for him where he has begged for an Oscar (and let's please stop acting like Silver Linings Playbook is some important film that has in some way helped America's problems with mental diseases because that is just an awards season-created myth). Oscars are meant for the best not who wants it the most so hopefully voters vote as such.
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