IAR's Oscar Picks

Thursday, 12 January 2012 11:13 Written by  Brett Gursky
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IAR's Oscar Picks

With just days to go before the Oscar nominations are announced on January 24th, it is now time to narrow down the predictions to 5 in each category. Rather than list each name alphabetically, the contenders have been listed in the order of their likelihood of receiving the nomination. In each category, the 5th slot could possibly go to a “dark horse” instead…



BEST ACTOR:
1. George Clooney, The Descendants
2. Brad Pitt, Moneyball
3. Jean Dujardin, The Artist
4. Michael Fassbender, Shame
5. Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar

5th slot dark horses:
Demian Bichir, A Better Life
Woody Harrelson, Rampart
Michael Shannon, Take Shelter




BEST ACTRESS:
1. Viola Davis, The Help
2. Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
3. Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
4. Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
5. Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin

5th slot dark horses:
Elizabeth Olsen, Martha Marcy May Marlene
Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Charlize Theron, Young Adult




BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:
1. Christopher Plummer, Beginners
2. Max Von Sydow, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
3. Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
4. Albert Brooks, Drive
5. Jonah Hill, Moneyball

5th slot dark horses:
Ben Kingsley, Hugo
Nick Nolte, Warrior




BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
1. Octavia Spencer, The Help
2. Berenice Bejo, The Artist
3. Shailene Woodley, The Descendants
4. Jessica Chastain, The Help (or The Tree of Life)
5. Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids

5th slot dark horses:
Carey Mulligan, Shame
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs



BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:
1. Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
2. Will Reiser, 50/50
3. Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids
4. Michael Hazanavicius, The Artist
5. Mike Mills, Beginners

5th slot dark horses:
Tom McCarthy, Win Win
Diablo Cody, Young Adult




BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:
1. Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, & Jim Rash, The Descendants
2. Stan Chervin, Aaron Sorkin, & Steven Zaillian, Moneyball
3. Tate Taylor, The Help
4. John Logan, Hugo
5. Steven Zaillian, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

5th slot dark horses:
Eric Roth, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Richard Curtis & Lee Hall, War Horse




BEST DIRECTOR:
1. Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
2. Alexander Payne, The Descendants
3. Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
4. Martin Scorsese, Hugo
5. David Fincher, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

5th slot dark horses:
Tate Taylor, The Help
Steven Spielberg, War Horse
Stephen Daldry, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Bennett Miller, Moneyball




BEST PICTURE:
1. Midnight In Paris
2. The Descendants
3. The Artist
4. The Help
5. Hugo
6. Moneyball
7. War Horse
8. Bridesmaids
9. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
10. The Tree of Life

10th slot dark horses:
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Drive
Shame
50/50


The 84th Academy Awards will take place on February 26th, 2012.

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