84th Oscars preview and predictions

Who will take home the golden statues for this year's Academy Awards?

OKLAHOMA CITY, February 24, 2012—It’s that time of year again for the biggest celebration in Hollywood. The Oscars will air Sunday night  and will be hosted for the ninth time by Billy Crystal. Here are the predictions for how the night will play out.

Best Picture: The Artist, The Descendants, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, The Help, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life, War Horse.

The Artist has for the most part swept all of the awards for Best Picture, and it doesn’t look like the Oscar will be an exception. The momentum hasn’t slowed down at all so the black and white silent film from France looks to be a lock for this award. If there was an upset, it looks like Hugo would have the best shot seeing as how it was directed by Martin Scorsese and has the most overall nominations.

Director: Michel Hazanavicius The Artist, Alexander Payne The Descendants, Martin Scorsese Hugo, Woody Allen Midnight in Paris, Terrence Malick The Tree of Life.

Once again this looks like another award for The Artist with Hazanavicius being the favorite, and the upset is also the same with Scorsese. Typically the Director and Best Picture winners are from the same film, but it wouldn’t be a shock to see Scorsese take Director and The Artist to take Best Picture.

Actor in a Leading Role: Demian Bichir A Better Life, George Clooney The Descendants, Jean Dujardin The Artist, Gary Oldman Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Brad Pitt Moneyball.

Clooney owns any room he walks into and he will own this award. It would be a pretty big upset for Clooney to not win, but if there were an upset the best bet would be Pitt.

Actress in a Leading Role: Glenn Close Albert Nobbs, Viola Davis The Help, Rooney Mara The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Meryl Streep The Iron Lady, Michelle Williams My Week With Marilyn.

You hate to refer to ladies as horses, but this is a two horse race between Davis and Streep. Streep won the Golden Globe, Davis won pretty much everything else. Rolling Stone says Streep is the favorite. Entertainment Weekly says it’s Davis. Put your money on Davis to take home the golden statue.

Actor in a Supporting Role: Kenneth Branagh My Week With Marilyn, Jonah Hill Moneyball, Nick Nolte The Warrior, Christopher Plummer Beginners, Max von Sydow Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.

Plummer looks to be a slam dunk here with the only possible upset coming from von Sydow. There has been some rumblings about Hill having a little momentum, but it would be an all-time shocker if he won.

Actress in a Supporting Role: Berenice Bejo The Artist, Jessica Chastain The Help, Melissa McCarthy Bridesmaids, Janet McTeer Albert Nobbs, Octavia Spencer The Help.

Take your mortgage, your latest paycheck and your child’s college fund and put it on Spencer. She has pretty much swept every awards show this season. This one is over.

Usually there is one or two races that are a little bit of an unknown but this year seems pretty cut and dry. The best races are between Director and Actress in a Leading Role but there doesn’t seem to be too much momentum for upsets on either. 

The 85th Academy Awards will air on ABC on Sunday February 26.

Coincidently, or not, Jason also does movie reviews for KJ103. You can also follow Jason on Twitter@jasonblack23.

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Jason Black

Jason Black is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma where he recieved a B.A. in Journalism.  While at OU he served as Sports Director for the University television station.  He has recieved multiple awards for public speaking and comedy.

He appears weekly on 18 radio stations across the country and also writes for the magazine distinctly Oklahoma.

Growing and living in Oklahoma for almost his entire life, Jason has a passion for all sports mixed with a little pop culture.

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