In just a few hours, we will finally know what the best picture of 2013 is.
Will it be Argo, a film about the rescue of American hostages in Iran; Lincoln, a film by Steven Spielberg; Beasts of the Southern Wild, (which also boasts the youngest Oscar nominee); Les Miserables, a musical brought to the big screen; Life of Pi, a story about a young man who finds himself on a raft in the middle of the ocean with a tiger as his companion; Silver Lining Playbook, about a trouble young man who has to deal with life after his release from a mental institution; or Zero Dark Thirty, a film about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden?
Whichever film wins, we can be sure that it was chosen by a group of our peers, who are connoisseurs of film-making, who have studied each and every film to make sure that it is really and truly the best of them all. Yes, I am being a little sarcastic, especially after finding out through an ABC report that the Academy Award judges are 98 percent white, 77 percent men and most of them are over 62 years old. Nice.
I started thinking, what makes their opinions better than yours, or mine, or anyone’s? Nothing, except they are in the right place at the right time.
For what it’s worth, here are my picks for the Best of the Best:
Many TV personalities are choosing Argo as the Best Picture. Yes, it is good, it is great, it’s marvelous! But so is Lincoln. I think this will be too close to call. Personally, I would pick Silver Lining Playbook. I like Bradley Cooper, and I like Jennifer Lewis. Together they were awesome! But Best Picture? It borders on a chick flick and I just don’t think the old white guys will go for it.
Which brings me to the Best Actor Category.
Bradley Cooper is up for the award. He played his intense role the way it needed to be played, but I really think the honor will go to Daniel Day Lewis, who plays Lincoln in the film of the same name. Hugh Jackman, Denzel Washington, and Joaquin Phoenix are also nominated.
The Best Actress award should go to Jennifer Lewis, but there are a few other great actresses for the award, including Quvenzhane Wallis for her role as, Hushpuppy, in the Beasts of the Southern Wild (one movie we haven’t heard much about, but worth watching nonetheless).
Other nominees include Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty,Naomi Watts for The Impossible, and Emmanuelle Riva in Amour.
Which actress will the judges pick to reign supreme for the next year? I guess we would have to think like they would and choose the actress who is inspiring, touching, and tough. But since all the females nominated seem to fall under that category, I guess we’ll have to go with the most known-Jennifer Lewis. (see a pattern?)
Amy Adams, Sally Field, Anne Hathaway, Helen Hunt, and Jackie Weaver are all nominated for Best Supporting Actress. In my opinion, they were all great in their roles, but my choice for Best Supporting Actress goes to Sally Field in Lincoln. This is not because she is so well-known, but she really knows how to play the part of a tough broad magnificently. She was great on TV as the sweet and accident prone nun-in-training in the Flying Nun, but she truly captured the role in Norma Rae. She also knew how to handle Burt Reynolds in Smoky and the Bandit.
Robert DeNiro, Tommy Lee Jones, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and Christoph Waltz are up for the Best Supporting Actor award. DeNiro (Silver Lining Playbook) and Jones (Lincoln) were great, but it was Christopher Waltz who stole the show in Django Unchained.
I may be way off-base, but who really cares? What matters is that these films were made for us to enjoy, and at least we will have the pleasure of being entertained for a few hours by Seth McFarland, a true Family Guy.