Best Foreign Language Film
Nominees: Amour, Kon-Tiki, No, A Royale Affair, War Witch
Will Win: Amour. This film seems to be a favorite of a lot of critics, even taking some Best Movie of the Year choices. Plus, it's nominated for Best Picture, so it's probably a safe bet.
Best Original Score
Nominees: Anna Karenina, Argo, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Skyfall
Will Win: Lincoln. It's a great score and it's John Williams. Pi could take it, but I think it will go here.
Should Win: Lincoln. It's epic, it's grand. The rest are good, but this one is just great.
Best Original Song
Nominees: "Before My Time" (Chasing Ice), "Everybody Needs a Best Friend" (Ted), "Pi's Lullaby" (Life of Pi), "Skyfall" (Skyfall), "Suddenly" (Les Miserables)
Will Win: "Suddenly". It's close between that and "Skyfall", but I think the voters will side of the musical nominated for Best Picture.
Should Win: "Skyfall". When I think of the movie, I think of the song. The rest are all nice and the one from Ted is great, just not one I associate with the film. Would be cool to see MacFarlane actually win though.
Best Animated Short Film
Nominees: Adam and Dog, Fresh Guacamole, Head Over Heels, Maggie Simpson in "The Longest Daycare", Paperman
Will Win: Paperman. A Disney short and an inventive one at that.
Should Win: Paperman. It's got romance and it's funny. What more do you want?
Best Visual Effects
Nominees: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Life of Pi, Marvel's The Avengers, Prometheus, Snow White and the Huntsman
Will Win: Life of Pi. I'm not even sure the Academy members would have sat through the other films.
Should Win: Prometheus. The effects in Prometheus are great, though The Hulk alone could be enough for Avengers.
Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominees: Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook
Will Win: Argo.
Best Original Screenplay
Nominees: Amour, Django Unchained, Flight, Moonrise Kingdom, Zero Dark Thirty
Will Win: Django Unchained.
Should Win: Django Unchained. It's classic Tarantino and it tackles some dark subjects. In other words, it's classic Tarantino.
Best Animated Film
Nominees: Brave, Frankenweenie, ParaNorman, The Pirates! Band of Misfits, Wreck-It Ralph
Will Win: Brave. It really comes down to this or Ralph, and it's probably best to air of the side of folk tales and not video games.
Should Win: ParaNorman. If I need to explain why, read this blog more.
Best Supporting Actress
Nominees: Amy Adams (The Master), Sally Field (Lincoln), Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables), Helen Hunt (The Sessions), Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook)
Will Win: Hathaway. Duh.
Best Supporting Actor
Nominees: Alan Arkin (Argo), Robert De Niro (Silver Linings Playbook), Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master), Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln), Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained)
Will Win: Waltz.
Should Win: Waltz. I mean, he just loves this category.
Nominees: Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), Emmanuelle Riva (Amour), Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Naomi Watts (The Impossible)
Will Win: Lawrence. Probably the toughest call of the night. Could also go Riva, could go Chastain.
Should Win: Chastain. She was great and it would be ZDT's only win of the night.
Nominees: Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook), Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln), Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables), Joaquin Phoenix (The Master), Denzel Washington (Flight)
Will Win: Day-Lewis. Next.
Nominees: Michael Haneke (Amour), Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Ang Lee (Life of Pi), Steven Spielberg (Lincoln), David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)
Will Win: Spielberg. Think of it as a consolation.
Nominees: Amour, Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty
Will Win: Argo. Lincoln was an early front-runner, but it looks like Argo is going to pull out the win after all. Not bad.