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Oscars shining bright

Every year, I eagerly await the Academy Award nominations to see what films have been recognized and stand a chance of winning an Oscar. I always have my list of favorite films of the year and pray that all of them will be nominated. But year after year — many if not most of my favorite films — fail to get even a single nomination. And even the ones that do get nominated rarely win (exception: No Country For Old Men). So why do I keep watching the Oscars? Why do I waste my time studying the buzz, predicting winners and sitting around for over four hours to find out what won Best Picture, when I don’t even agree with the nominees? Perhaps I like the competition involved, trying to get the most predictions right.  Maybe it’s because I really hope to win an Oscar myself someday, and I’m shamelessly practicing my acceptance speech. But really, I just love movies, and if something big in movie news is going on, I have to know about it. And nothing is bigger than the Academy Awards.

So here are my predictions for the 84th Academy Awards.

Best Picture
The Artist

Best Director
Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)

Best Actor
Jean Dujardin (The Artist)

Best Actress
Viola Davis (The Help)

Best Supporting Actress
Octavia Spencer (The Help)

Best Supporting Actor
Christopher Plummer (Beginners)

Best Adapted Screenplay
The Descendents

Best Original Screenplay
Midnight in Paris

Best Animated Film
Rango

Best Foreign Film
A Separation

Best Documentary
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

BY CONOR HOLT
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