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So long Super Bowl, hello glitz, gowns and little gold men!

Oscar

While Hollywood is busy getting gilt to the hilt this weekend, our screenwriting professors have been busy making their Oscar-winning predictions.

So grab some snacks, settle into the couch and play along with them as you watch the 85th Academy Awards this Sunday evening.

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John Schimmel • Producer, writer, professor 

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Flight or Zero Dark Thirty. I’m thinking ZDT but only by a hair – I could see it going either way.

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Lincoln. I think this will be a travesty if it happens but my suspicion is that it will.

BEST PICTURE

Life of Pi. I actually think they might  give it to Argo but either way I suspect they’ll secretly love snubbing Steven. And I’m thinking Pi deserves it for the sheer impossibility of turning that book into a film.

BEST DIRECTOR

Ang Lee – Sort of the same reasoning.

 

joshua_malkinJoshua Malkin • Producer, writer, director, professor

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Will Win:  Zero Dark Thirty

Should Win:  Django Unchained

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Will Win:  Argo… or Lincoln… or Argo?  Probably Lincoln.  (Or Argo.)

Should Win:  Silver Linings Playbook

BEST DIRECTOR

Will Win:  Steven Spielberg

Should Win: Michael Haneke

BEST PICTURE

Will Win:  Argo

Should Win: Life of Pi

 

todTod Goldberg • Writer, critic, professor, avid movie-goer

BEST PICTURE 

I think Argo will probably win, but the movie I enjoyed the most of the nominees was Silver Linings Playbook, so that’s where I’m placing my rooting interest.

BEST DIRECTOR

I suspect it will be Steven Spielberg for Lincoln, but, again, my vote would go to David O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY 

Zero Dark Thirty by Mark Boal would be my pick, though I think there’s a chance it will go to Django Unchained by Quentin Tarantino. Both are somewhat controversial picks, but I can’t see the award going to Flight, Moonrise Kingdom or Amour.

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

This is going to sound repetitive … but I think Argo will win (and probably should), but I thought Silver Linings Playbook was a wonderful adaptation.

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