The buzz has been building for more than a month, and the moment of truth is finally here, as Sunday is Oscar night. NY1 film critic Neil Rosen offers his picks for who he thinks will win at this year's Academy Awards.
The 85th annual Academy Awards are this Sunday night. So here's a preview of what to look for, along with my predictions of who'll take home those coveted gold statuettes.
For Best Supporting Actress, this one's going to Anne Hathaway for her role in "Les Miserables". She's not in the movie very long, but her show-stopping musical number did make a big impact. She's also loved by Academy voters. So, sorry Sally Field, this year they don't like you, they really don't like you.
All the nominees in the Best Supporting Actor category have previously won. But I think it's just a two-man race between Tommy Lee Jones for his work in "Lincoln" and Robert De Niro for "Silver Linings Playbook". I'm going with Jones.
Best Director also comes down to two men, Steven Spielberg for "Lincoln" and Ang Lee for "Life Of Pi". Even though Spielberg has won three times before, I think he'll narrowly take it.
Speaking of "Lincoln", the man who played our 16th President, Daniel Day-Lewis, is the lock of the evening. When he wins, he'll become the first man in history to win three Oscars in the Best Actor category.
Jennifer Lawrence is taking home the gold for "Silver Linings Playbook" in the Best Actress category. Here's why. Her other movie last year, "The Hunger Games", was a mega-blockbuster worldwide. And with "Silver Linings", she demonstrated that she has a lot of range as a an actress. It's simply her year.
Look for Quentin Tararntino to take the stage as he picks up a win for his Best Original Screenplay, "Django Unchained". "Argo" will nab the award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Best Animated Feature will not go to Pixar's "Brave". I'm saying it'll be "Wreck It Ralph".
Best Documentary? "Searching For Sugarman". And by the way, if you haven't seen this great movie, check it out On Demand.
"Amour" has no chance of winning Best Picture, but it will win Best Foreign Language Film.
Which brings us to the big prize of the night. and I say "Argo" will win Best Picture. Here's why. The Academy voters screwed up and didn't nominate Ben Affleck for Best Director. To rectify the situation, he'll take to the stage and accept an Oscar as the producer of the movie.
Seth McFarlane is a first-time host, and I think he'll be funny. But that's the one prediction I'm the least sure about.