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Published:February 18th, 2012 09:57 EST
Oscar Predictions: Who Do You Think Will Bring Home the Oscar?

Oscar Predictions: Who Do You Think Will Bring Home the Oscar?

By SOP newswire2

Who do you think will bring home the Oscar? My Oscar Predictions List covers my best educated guess as to who will be the winners and my reasons why. As an acting teacher in New York City I have always pushed my actors to be the best that they can be with in themselves. I have taught them that, "Acting is "A STATE OF MIND" Its about Innocence, Imagination and Vulnerability. Its about practicing the potential qualities that you were born with. The less you think like an actor and the more childlike and innocent you are, the more productive and in the moment you will be." (Harry Mastrogeorge Quote).

As I watch the nominee picks this years, in all catagories (as an Acting Teacher and Published Playwright) I have a tendency to look and dig deeper as to who should win an why. While the average viewer just sees the suface, they must realize acting is what they see on the screen and the performance takes place in the editing room. They must also realize that there are many people behind the scene that makes that one person look so darn good.

When you strip away the costumes, the lighting and sound, the cinimatic effects, the director, and everything else that adds to the over picture, the best acting should be based on this: Acting is standing up totally naked and turning around very slowly and telling the truth.

The nominations for the 84th academy awards were announced with Hugo and The Artist picking up the most nods. Here`s the list in full along with Who will win, who will cause problems and shoulda, woulda, coulda won.


War Horse

The Artist


The Descendants

The Tree of Life

Midnight in Paris

The Help


Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

I was always taught, walk quietly but carry a big stick. But this years best picture is between a silent movie The Artist and 3D biggy Hugo. But it`s always the quiet ones that say the most, thus "The Artist" will be extremely loud this year with "HUGO" being Incredibly Close.


Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Alexander Payne, The Descendants

Martin Scorsese, Hugo

Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life

Martin Scorsese`s homage to early film-making may earn him Best Director but the winner will be Michel Hazanavicius, "The Artist"


Demian Bichir, A Better Life

George Clooney, The Descendants

Jean Dujardin, The Artist

Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

George Clooney is clearly MY CHOICE for Best Actor for his role in "The Descendants." An actors job is to create the maxium effect with the least amount of effort and its time. Brad Pitt will look good as always but Clooney is coming into his own.


Viola Davis, The Help

Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn

Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs

Ms. Streep`s nomination makes her the most-nominated actor in Academy Awards history, with 17 nominationsAt the Oscar, There should be 2 winners for best actress, which is Meryl Streep and Viola Davis (deserved for being perfect in The Help). Glenn Close in Albert Nobbs took more of a risk in a gender bender role, but Streep will walk away with the Statue


Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn

Max Von Sydow, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Jonah Hill, Moneyball

Nick Nolte, Warrior

Surprising to me and YES - Jonah Hill, for his role as Best Supporting Actor in Moneyball, opposite Brad Pitt.


Berenice Bejo, The Artist

Jessica Chastain, The Help

Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids

Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs Octavia Spencer, The Help

Octavia Spencer is the most deserving of all the nominees



Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

JC Chandor, Margin Call

Kristen Wiig & Annie Mumulo, Bridesmaids

Asghar Farhadi, A Separation

Woody Allen, "Midnight in Paris"


Nat Faxon, Alexander Payne & Jim Rash, The Descendants

John Logan, Hugo

George Clooney & Grant Heslov, The Ides of March

Aaron Sorkin & Steven Zaillian, Moneyball

Bridget O`Connor & Peter Straughan, Tinker, Tailor Soldier Spy

Aaron Sorkin and Steve Zaillian, "Moneyball"


A Separation (Iran)

In Darkness (Poland)

Monsieur Lazhar (Canada)

Footnote (Israel)

Bullhead (Belgium)

"A Separation"


By John Pallotta

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