I continue to predict tonight's awards. Starting with:
Update: 9 for 12! Not bad. Overall, Crystal did a great job, the show was fun, though there were no real surprises.
Best Animated Film:
A Cat in Paris
Chico and Rita
Puss in Boots
Kung Fu Panda 2
Will Win: Panda 2. Easily the best animated movie, if it does win, I'll be surprised.
Should Win: Panda 2. It's my 2nd favorite film of the year for a reason.
Best Original Score:
The Adventures of Tintin
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Will Win: The Artist. The whole movie is one long score!
Should Win: War Horse. The score, by John Williams of course, is beautiful and deserves to win.
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life
Will Win: Payne. It's a risk to say he'll win seeing as he's going up against two legends with Scorsese and Allen, but I think he'll take home the statue.
Should Win: Allen. The best part of Paris, other than it's story, was it's direction, which was beautiful.
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis, The Help
Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Michele Williams, My Week With Marylin
Will Win: Streep. Streep will continue her reign of wins, though it will be close.
Should Win: Williams. I know this may be surprising, but Williams captured Marylin so well, she deserves a win.
Demian Bichir, A Better Life
George Clooney, The Descendants
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Brad Pitt, Moneyball
Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Will Win: Clooney. He's been sweeping up other awards and will get this one.
Should Win: Oldman. While I was tempted to say Ryan Gosling, whose snubs are shocking, Oldman deserves to get an Oscar because... he's never gotten one before and he needs one. Badly.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Midnight in Paris
The Tree of Life
Will Win: The Artist. It's between this and Descendants and look for this to take home the award.
Should Win: Midnight in Paris. Let me make one think perfectly clear. This is just because I have one seen this and Moneyball and I didn't think Moneyball was all that great. I think 50/50 should be one here among other and the choices given are pretty weak considering the other possible nominees.
Better luck next year.