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.
Time: 8:30 PM ET | 5:30 PM PT
Live stream: none
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).