Students and faculty predict winners at the Oscars

By Jordan Weiker

Campus Life Assistant Editor

Hollywood’s biggest night is ap­proaching. The 85th annual Acad­emy Awards will air live Sunday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. on ABC and will be hosted by comedian Seth Mac­Farlane.

New on the agenda for this year’s show is an increase in the number of musical performances compared to previous years, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Among the list of performers for the evening are Barbra Streisand, Norah Jones, Shirley Bassey—bet­ter known as the voice for several James Bond theme songs—and Adele, who will be performing the theme song for the new James Bond movie “Skyfall.”

Although the James Bond film franchise has in the past been snubbed by the Academy, this year’s ceremony will include a special tribute to 50 years of 007, with rumors even circulating about a possible reunion between all six James Bond actors, according to the Huffington Post.

Of course, the immense hype is focused on which of the selected nominees will take home Oscars this year, especially in the big six categories: best picture, best direc­tor, best actor, best actress, best supporting actor and best support­ing actress.

Nominees for best picture include “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Silver Lin­ings Playbook,” “Lincoln,” “Les Misérables,” “Life of Pi,” “Amour,” “Django Unchained,” “Argo” and “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”

Michael Ranscht, director of the Fine Arts Center, concluded that “Argo” is most likely to win, due to the great deal of attention it has been receiving lately from critics.

“I’m favoring towards ‘Lincoln,’” said Anne Drecktrah, adjunct professor of theatre and film. “I thought ‘Lincoln’ was a phenom­enal movie, and it deserves best picture.”

“I think Les Misérables will take best picture, but I’m pretty sure Steven Spielberg (Lincoln) will win for best director,” concluded Elissa Coady, a theatre minor from Zum­brota, Minn.

“Lincoln” holds 12 nominations, the most of any film this year, and most critics are already in agree­ment that Daniel Day-Lewis will take home best actor for his por­trayal of Abraham Lincoln, accord­ing to the Huffington Post.

“I’m pretty confident Day-Lewis will win, but I do think Denzel Washington in ‘Flight’ gave one of the bravest performances I’ve ever seen playing a thoroughly unlike­able character,” Drecktrah said in a statement to Lumen. “I also really enjoyed Bradley Cooper in ‘Silver Linings Playbook.’”

Other predicted wins, according to the Post, include Jennifer Law­rence (“Silver Linings Playbook”) for best actress, Tommy Lee Jones (“Lincoln”) for best supporting actor and Anne Hathaway (“Les Misérables”) for best supporting actress.

“I think best actress should go to 9-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis for ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild,’ but I’m betting Lawrence will win,” Ranscht said. “Furthermore, I think Sally Fields should win best sup­porting actress for her portrayal of Mary Lincoln in Spielberg’s film, but again, I think popular opinion is Hathaway will win.”

Either way, it does seem “Lin­coln” will be a hit on Oscar night.

For a complete listing of nomi­nees, visit oscar.go.com/nominees.

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