This year I made a concerted effort to see as many nominated films as possible; therefore, for the first time in many years I am going to make my picks. This is based on my own personal opinion, and obviously I am choosing films I enjoyed very much. I am also skipping categories in which I did not see every movie only to be fair.
I think this was a pretty exciting year in the movies. We had films with historic elements or based on real events like Django Unchained, Lincoln, The Impossible, and Zero Dark Thirty. This caused somewhat of an uproar from purists who questioned the accuracy of the history or events portrayed; however, since none of these films are documentaries, I had no problem with any of them.
We also saw the return of great actors and actresses in top form: Alan Arkin (Argo), Sally Field (Lincoln), Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln), Helen Hunt (The Sessions), Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln), and Robert De Niro (Silver Linings Playbook).
Above all I think there were some really great stories told. When I go to the movies, I think the stars and the directors are ancillary and the story is the thing. If I cannot commit to the tale and it does not reel me in, I do not care whose face is on the screen or who is behind the camera. Thankfully, there were a lot of fine stories at the movies this year.
So here is my completely subjective list of who will win and who should win tonight at the Oscars. Please use the comments section to tell me how wrong (or right?) I am. Oh, and enjoy the show!
Will Win: Lincoln
Should Win: Life of Pi