The Envelope Please: Who Will Win, Who Deserves To Win, And Who Was Snubbed At The 2013 Oscars Kam Williams February 20, 2013 Columns Lincoln opened the awards season as the odds-on favorite to win the Academy Award for Best Picture by virtue of its landing the most nominations. But the snub of Ben Affleck in the Best Director category made his movie, Argo, the sentimental favorite of the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild, and the momentum of that sympathy vote is likely to carry over to Oscar night. While Lincoln won’t take home the top prize, it will nevertheless win the most awards (five), followed by Les Miserables (three), and then by a number of films taking two apiece: Argo, Silver Linings Playbook, Life Of Pi, Skyfall and Django Unchained. A quintet of Oscars sans Best Picture won’t exactly be a sweep, but it’s a far better fate than that of Zero Dark Thirty, whose hopes were torpedoed by political blowback even before it had a chance to open in theaters. Besides forecasting the winners below, I also indicate which among the nominees in the major categories are actually the most deserving. And because some great performances are invariably snubbed by the Academy, I also point out a few I feel were overlooked entirely. The 85th Academy Awards will air live on ABC on Sunday, Feb. 24, at 8 p.m., and will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane. Best Picture Will Win: Argo Deserves To Win: Zero Dark Thirty Overlooked: Looper Best Director Will Win: Steven Spielberg (Lincoln) Deserves To Win: David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook) Overlooked: Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty), Ben Affleck (Argo) and Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained) Best Actor Will Win: Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln) Deserves To Win: Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln) Overlooked: John Hawkes (The Sessions) and Suraj Sharma (Life Of Pi) Best Actress Will Win: Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) Deserves To Win: Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) Overlooked: Rachel Weisz (The Deep Blue Sea) and Ann Dowd (Compliance) Best Supporting Actor Will Win: Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln) Deserves To Win: Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) Overlooked: Leonardo DiCaprio (Django Unchained) and Matthew McConaughey (Magic Mike) Best Supporting Actress Will Win: Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables) Deserves To Win: Helen Hunt (The Sessions) Overlooked: Emily Blunt (Looper) Best Original Screenplay: Will Win: Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained) Deserves To Win: Mark Boal (Zero Dark Thirty) Overlooked: Rian Johnson (Looper) Best Adapted Screenplay: Will Win: Tony Kushner (Lincoln) Deserves To Win: David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook) Overlooked: Ben Lewin (The Sessions) Predictions For Secondary Categories Animated Feature: Brave Foreign Language Film: Amour Documentary Feature: Searching For Sugar Man Cinematography: Life Of Pi Costume Design: Anna Karenina Production Design: Les Miserables Film Editing: Argo Makeup And Hairstyling: The Hobbit Original Score: Lincoln Original Song: Skyfall Sound Editing: Zero Dark Thirty Sound Mixing: Les Miserables Visual Effects: Life Of Pi Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.