Hammerle’s Final Oscar Picks – 2013

All right, it’s time to knuckle down and make a final call. To be honest, I am collapsing under the pressure, and the following includes some major changes. Regardless, you may send me your expected ridicule next week.

BEST PICTURE – Life of Pi

No, I have not backed away from my profound love of Silver Linings Playbook, but I simply feel that it is going to lose out for a number of reasons.

In addition, read Maureen Dowd’s column in last Sunday’s New York Times. Her criticisms of the historical inaccuracies of both Lincoln and Argo are spot on, and provide fundamental reasons for their joint rejections for an Oscar.

Additionally, I have noted before that the Oscar for film editing traditionally goes to the Best Picture, and I can’t help but conclude that Life of Pi deserves that Oscar more than any other film.

BEST ACTRESS – Jennifer Lawrence

Though many are arguing that Emmanuelle Riva should win for Amour, for reasons that include the fact that she is 86 years old, Ms. Lawrence stands head over heals in this category.

BEST ACTOR – Daniel Day-Lewis

I continue to think that he will be the first actor to win three times in this category.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS – Anne Hathaway

She is both dynamic and deserving.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR – Robert DiNiro

This is a close call, and Tommy Lee Jones may sneak through. Additionally, it is ironic that I would pick Mr. DiNiro when I continue to believe that Christoph Waltz’s performance in Django Unchained was the best of the bunch.

However, I will stick with Mr. DiNiro because he was flat out sensational.

BEST DIRECTOR – Ang Lee

Again, I am making a fundamental change here as I originally selected David O. Russell from Silver Linings Playbook. If he still wins, no one will applaud harder than me. However, Mr. Lee created magic in Life if Pi, and I can’t help but think that he will get this award.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM – An undeserving Amour

I still think it is overrated given its unnecessary length, but I can’t see that any thing else has a chance.

ANIMATED FEATURE – Wreck-It Ralph

I’m still hoping for Paranorman, but I sense it will only be a deserving nominee.

CINEMATOGRAPHY – Life of Pi

It will be a shock if it Claudio Miranda doesn’t win here.

MAKEUP AND HAIR STYLING – The Hobbit

I’m sticking with Peter Swords King, Richard Findlater and Tami Lane in this category, though Les Misérables could sneak through.

PRODUCTION DESIGN – Life of Pi

Again, this is a close call with Les Misérables and Lincoln, not to mention that Anna Karenina will be knocking on the door. On the other hand, David Gropman and Anna Pinnock should walk away under this category.

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY – Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola for Moonrise Kingdom

I know that many want Mark Boal to win for Zero Dark Thirty, but I still believe that Anderson and Coppola are the favorites.

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY – Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin for Beasts of the Southern Wild

This is a profound longshot in this case given the fact that many continue to jump for Argo’s boat. Candidly, this is the area that I would like to see David O. Russell win for Silver Linings Playbook, but Beasts of the Southern Wild was such an original film that this would be an ideal spot for recognition.

VISUAL EFFECTS – Life of Pi

An easy choice.

COSTUME DESIGN – Les Misérables

Anna Karenina could win here, and I shouldn’t reject it simply because the movie was a mess. On the other hand, any Oscar would possibly cause someone to want to see it, and that would be a shame. Les Misérables was beautiful, so I’m going with it.

FILM EDITING – Life of Pi

As noted in my selection for Best Picture, I’m picking Life of Pi.

SOUND MIXING and SOUND EDITING – Life of Pi

Both for Life of Pi, Skyfall and Argo are the only other nominees in both categories, and Argo may sneak through. However, this was an area that Life of Pi dominated.

ORIGINAL SCORE – Life of Pi

If I am remotely correct on my predictions, an award here would make Ang Lee’s masterpiece dominate the Oscars. It should.

ORIGINAL SONG –“Suddenly” from Les Misérables

Quite frankly, Adele Atkins’ is favored for her music and lyrics from Skyfall, and that would be a popular choice. Les Misérables may be a longshot, but I’m going with it.

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE – The Gatekeepers

It will come down to either the above or Searching for Sugar Man, but I think that The Gatekeepers will receive this deserving reward for its penetrating interviews with the retired former leaders of Israel’s version of the CIA. It looks provocative and stunning.

DOCUMENTARY – SHORT SUBJECT – Innocente

See it. It was given an award at Indy’s Heartland Festival last October.

ANIMATED SHORT FILM – Head Over Heels

Paperman and Maggie Simpson are close contenders, but Head Over Heels is profoundly moving.

ANIMATED LIVE ACTION – Buzkashi Boys

Moving and also recognized at last year’s Heartland Festival.