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Fearless Oscar Predictions . . . and Complaints

Who will rise to claim Oscar gold? Our critics think they know. By John Brodeur, Laura Leon, Ann Morrow and Shawn Stone

by The Staff on February 23, 2012

Best Picture

John Brodeur

Will Win: The Artist

Should Win: The Artist

Overlooked: Melancholia

Overrated: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Laura Leon

Will Win: The Artist

Should Win: The Artist

Overlooked: Warrior

Overrated: The Descendants

Ann Morrow

Will Win: The Descendants

Should Win: Midnight in Paris

Overlooked: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Overrated: War Horse

Shawn Stone

Will Win: The Artist

Should Win: Midnight in Paris

Overlooked: Young Adult

Overrated: The Artist

 

Best Director

John Brodeur

Will Win: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Should Win: Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life

Overlooked: Tomas Alfredson, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Overrated: Alexander Payne, The Descendants

Laura Leon

Will Win: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Should Win: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Overlooked: Steven Spielberg, War Horse

Overrated: Alexander Payne, The Descendants

Ann Morrow

Will Win: Alexander Payne, The Descendants

Should Win: Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

Overlooked: Tomas Alfredson, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Overrated: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Shawn Stone

Will Win: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Should Win: Martin Scorsese, Hugo

Overlooked: Tomas Alfredson, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Overrated: Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life

 

Best Actress

John Brodeur

Will Win: Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

Should Win: Viola Davis, The Help

Overlooked: Kirsten Dunst, Melancholia

Overrated: none

Laura Leon

Will Win: Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

Should Win: Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

Overlooked: Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin

Overrated: Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs

Ann Morrow

Will Win: Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

Should Win: Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

Overlooked: Mia Wasikowska, Jane Eyre

Overrated: Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs

Shawn Stone

Will Win: Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

Should Win: Viola Davis, The Help

Overlooked: Elizabeth Olson, Martha Marcy May Marlene

Overrated: none

 

Best Actor

John Brodeur

Will Win: George Clooney, The Descendants

Should Win: Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Overlooked: Michael Fassbender, Shame

Overrated: none

Laura Leon

Will Win: George Clooney, The Descendants

Should Win: Jean Dujardin, The Artist

Overlooked: Michael Shannon, Take Shelter

Overrated: George Clooney, The Descendants

Ann Morrow

Will Win: George Clooney, The Descendants

Should Win: Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Overlooked: Brad Pitt, The Tree of Life

Overrated: Jean Dujardin, The Artist

Shawn Stone

Will Win: George Clooney, The Descendants

Should Win: Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Overlooked: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 50/50

Overrated: George Clooney, The Descendants

 

Best Supporting Actress

John Brodeur

Will Win: Octavia Spencer, The Help

Should Win: Octavia Spencer, The Help

Overlooked: Carey Mulligan, Shame

Overrated: Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids

Laura Leon

Will Win: Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids

Should Win: Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids

Overlooked: Jessica Chastain, Take Shelter

Overrated: none

Ann Morrow

Will Win: Octavia Spencer, The Help

Should Win: Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs

Overlooked: Jessica Chastain, The Tree of Life

Overrated: Octavia Spencer, The Help

Shawn Stone

Will Win: Octavia Spencer, The Help

Should Win: Jessica Chastain, The Help

Overlooked: Elle Fanning, Super 8

Overrated: Octavia Spencer, The Help

 

Best Supporting Actor

John Brodeur

Will Win: Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Should Win: Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Overlooked: Andy Serkis, Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Overrated: Jonah Hill, Moneyball

Laura Leon

Will Win: Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Should Win: Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Overlooked: Ben Kingsley, Hugo

Overrated: Max von Sydow, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Ann Morrow

Will Win: Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Should Win: no preference

Overlooked: Albert Brooks, Drive

Overrated: Jonah Hill, Moneyball

Shawn Stone

Will Win: Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Should Win: Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Overlooked: Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method

Overrated: Jonah Hill, Moneyball