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     Award season is coming to an end as the Oscars close in on the best films of 2011. However, by this time, if you have kept up with any of the previous award shows, the top contenders are obvious.  While there may be a toss up here and there, there is a clear trend as to which way several of the Oscars will go.  Here are my predictions for some of the main categories.

 

Best Picture Nominees:

  • The Artist
  • The Descendants
  • Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
  • The Help
  • Hugo
  • Midnight in Paris
  • Moneyball
  • The Tree of Life
  • War Horse

Prediction: The Artist

Close Call: The Descendants

This French foreign film has taken over previous award shows and will easily take on the task of winning Best Picture for the Oscars. Whether you love the romantic comedy or hate it, there’s no denying that this is an obvious Oscar bait film. A silent black and white film with the most adorable dog, now something like that is pretty hard to let slide under the radar.

Actor In a Leading Role

  • Demian Bichir (A Better Life)
  • George Clooney (The Descendants)
  • Jean Dujardin (The Artist)
  • Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)
  • Brad Pitt (Moneyball)

Prediction: Jean Dujardin (The Artist)

Close Call:  George Clooney (The Descendants)

As much as many would want to see this battle be between pals, Clooney and Pitt, “The Artist’s” role in the Oscars is just unstoppable—including Dujardin. As a leading role, there’s no doubt that he is credited a great deal for the success of the movie.

Actress In a Leading Role

  • Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs)
  • Viola Davis (The Help)
  • Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)
  • Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)
  • Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn)

Prediction: Viola Davis (The Help)

Close Call: Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)

The Help has become one of the must see movies from this award season. The cast has swept up many of the awards they were nominated for in previous award shows, and it would not be a surprise if Davis wins it for the Oscars. However, Streep could still give Davis a run for her money after winning Best Actress for a Motion Picture, Drama at the Golden Globes.

Directing

  • Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)
  • Alexander Payne (The Descendants)
  • Martin Scorsese (Hugo)
  • Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris)
  • Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life)

Prediction: Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)

Close Call: Martin Scorsese (Hugo)

It would only be fitting that Best Picture and Directing would go hand in hand. “The Artist” has that unique “IT” factor that just screams “Oscar winner.” Hazanavicius was on to something when he chose to reinvent the artfulness of silent black and white filmography for modern times.

Best Original Screenplay

  • Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)
  • Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids)
  • J.C. Chandor (Margin Call)
  • Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris)
  • Asghar Farhadi (A Separation)

Prediction: Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris)

Close Call: Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)

This will probably be the one of the only instances that The Artist will not reign victorious. Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” has caught a lot of attention for its original screenplay, having won at the Golden Globes.

     Predictions for the Oscars have been finalized since the Golden Globes, and nothing seems out of the norm or unpredictable to audiences and movie-lovers. But who knows, there could be some unexpected quirky twist where Bridesmaids wins Best Original Screenplay; I guess we will just have to tune in tomorrow at 7:30 CST to see the results.