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2013 Oscars - Predictions & TV Schedule

posted Feb 11, 2013, 11:49 PM by Simon Nguyen   [ updated Feb 15, 2013, 3:26 PM ]

Below are TV coverage information and predictions for 2013 Oscars. My picks are for the four main categories - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor & Best Actress. Seth MacFarlane will host this year's Academy Awards. The 2013 Oscars is scheduled for February 24 at Dolby Theatre.

TV Schedule

Sunday February 24
Time: 8:30 PM ET | 5:30 PM PT
Live stream: none


1) Best Picture: Argo. When the nominations were first announced, the movie "Lincoln" instantly became the top favorite for this category. This was due to it being a biopic of President Abraham Lincoln (released just before a presidential election) and a prized project of famed movie director Steven Spielberg. Behind the media noise, however, was the meteoric rise of "Argo" -- a Ben Affleck-directed film about the rescue of U.S. diplomats during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. "Argo" surprised many (not including me since I picked it to win) when it upset "Lincoln" to snatch the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture. The movie confirmed its top contender status when it added the BAFTA award for Best Film (which has been the best Oscars predictor) to its resume. I don't see "Lincoln" or any of the remaining nominees has enough support to beat "Argo" for Oscars' Best Picture.

2) Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis.
This is one category where the result is set in stone. Day-Lewis has consistently garnered strong reviews from both movie critics and the media. Some have called his performance here as the best Abraham Lincoln's portrayal of all time. This is quite a statement, as this role has been depicted in films and television numerous times over the years by many highly rated actors. The remaining candidates are not distinct enough to generate the necessary buzz to compete with Daniel Day-Lewis. I am highly confident in this pick.

3) Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence.
This category is expected to be the most hotly contested among the main awards. A week ago, it was thought to be a two-woman race between media favorite Jennifer Lawrence of Hunger Games' fame and Jessica Chastain for the coveted prize. However, 86-year-old French actress Emmanuelle Riva stunned the world when she captured the BAFTA award for Best Actress. As the BAFTA has historically been very accurate in predicting the Oscars, we can't count Riva out. Also, Oscars voters may be compelled to give this award to the veteran French actress as a recognition of her long and outstanding service in this industry. Yet, the fact her movie "Amour" has not yet been released in America might be a big obstacle to her winning the award. Oscars voters are usually very conscious of popular opinion. It will be hard for them to deny popular actress Jennifer Lawrence, who won at both the Golden Globes and SAG, a victory at the Oscars.

4) Best Director: Michael Haneke (Amour).
It's a shame that Ben Affleck did not get a nomination because he would have easily won over this year's field of mediocrity. While "Lincoln" is getting a lot of buzz, it is not one of Steven Spielberg's finest works. Ang Lee's Life of Pi and David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook are two well-made movies, but they do not break new grounds. The signs are seemingly pointing to Michael Haneke as the odds-on favorite to win Best Director. His movie "Armour" won the prestigious Palme d'Or.

5) Other picks:
Best Supporting Actor - Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) | Best Supporting Actress - Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables).