And the Winner Is…

So tonight, in case you’ve been hiding under a rock, is the Academy Awards. Last month I sat down with Corey Atad and we discussed the nominees when they were just announced (hear here). However, here I am doing what I always do, hours before the awards are handed out, which is telling you what you already know by putting down my predictions for the evening.

This year though I will actually put forward who I believe will win as opposed to my usual high horse nature of just putting what/who I want to know in hopes that the Academy read my blog and would realize that I’m right and they’re wrong. So here we go:

I won’t bother to put all the nominees (you can find them here at the official website), I’m just going to name the category and the predicted winner.

Best Picture: The Artist (Thomas Langmann, Producer)
Actor in a Leading Role: Jean Dujardin (The Artist)
Actress in a Leading Role: Viola Davis (The Help)
Actor in a Supporting Role: Christopher Plummer (Beginners)
Actress in a Supporting Role: Berenice Bejo (The Artist)
Animated Feature Film: Rango (Gore Verbinski)
Cinematography: The Tree of Life (Emmanuel Lubezki)
Art Direction: War Horse (Rick Carter, Lee Sandales)
Costume Design: Hugo (Sandy Powell)
Directing: Michael Hazanavicious (The Artist)
Documentary Feature: Hell and Back Again (Dafung Dennis & Mike Lerner)
Documentary Short: Saving Face (Daniel Junge & Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy)
Film Editing: The Descendants (Kevin Tent)
Foreign Language Film: A Separation (Iran) (Asghar Farhadi)
Makeup: The Iron Lady (Mark Coulier & J. Roy Helland)
Music (Original Score): The Artist (Ludovic Bource)
Music (Original Song): “Man or Muppet” From The Muppets (Bret McKenzie)
Short Film (Animated): La Luna (Enrico Casarosa)
Short Film (Live): Raju (Max Zahle & Stefan Gieren)
Sound Editing: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Ren Klyce)
Sound Mixing: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce & Bo Persson)
Visual Effects: Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White & Daniel Barrett)
Writing (Adapted Screenplay): The Descendants (Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon & Jim Rash)
Writing (Original Screenplay): Midnight in Paris (Woody Allen)