So long Super Bowl, hello glitz, gowns and little gold men!
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.
John Schimmel • Producer, writer, professor
Flight or Zero Dark Thirty. I’m thinking ZDT but only by a hair – I could see it going either way.
Lincoln. I think this will be a travesty if it happens but my suspicion is that it will.
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.
Ang Lee – Sort of the same reasoning.
Will Win: Zero Dark Thirty
Should Win: Django Unchained
Will Win: Argo… or Lincoln… or Argo? Probably Lincoln. (Or Argo.)
Should Win: Silver Linings Playbook
Will Win: Steven Spielberg
Should Win: Michael Haneke
Will Win: Argo
Should Win: Life of Pi
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.
I suspect it will be Steven Spielberg for Lincoln, but, again, my vote would go to David O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook
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.
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.