Predicting the Oscar winners

February 21st, 2012

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Boston University’s College of Communication offers their version of the Oscar’s during its annual Redstone Film Festival, which showcases the best short films written and directed by COM’s undergraduates and graduate students. Paul Schneider, Chairman of COM’s Department of Film & Television, and a member of the Directors Guild of America, makes his predictions for who’s going to take away the Oscar in the top categories at Sunday’s 84th Annual Academy Awards:

Best Actor: Jean Dujardin (The Artist)

“There is no clear favorite in what is probably not the strongest year for this category. If The Artist benefits from this, the Jean Dujardin will win. He did win the SAG (Screen Actors Guild) award and that carries weight. Still, Brad Pitt or George Clooney could win as well. It’s a tough call.”

Best Actress: Viola Davis (The Help)

“The momentum is with Viola Davis. She is widely acknowledged as a terrific actress and the Academy often rewards performances with an emotional punch. In this case, also not the strongest year for the category, she is the clear favorite.”

Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer (Beginners)

“Christopher Plummer is the clear favorite and odds on to win. Max Von Sydow is also excellent (as he has been for the last forty or fifty years) but all the buzz says Plummer. These are two great actors in the twilight of their careers and I wish they both could win.”

Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer (The Help)

“As with Best Actress, there is a clear favorite here and that would be Octavia Spencer. There is some very strong competition from Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs), Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids) and Berenice Bejo (The Artist) but Spencer should win. I would say that this might be the strongest category this year. On a side note, Jessica Chastain, who had a breakout year, was nominated for The Help, but her best performance was in Take Shelter and she was not nominated for that one.”

Best Director: Michael Hazanavicius (The Artist) will win but my choice is Martin Scorcese (Hugo)

“Since this is a silent (mostly) film, it pushes the director front and center. He won the DGA (Directors Guild of America) award, and others, and I would say he is the favorite. It is also possible that Martin Scorcese could win for his technically brilliant, bravura work on Hugo. That would be my choice but I think Mr. Hazanavicius will win.”

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