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Oscar Predictions and Picks for the 85th Academy Awards

Take a look at Patch's picks for who will and should win.

The 85th Academy Awards ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. on Feb. 24 on ABC.

Patch editor and resident film buff Nathan Duke has provided a rundown below of the nominees as well as which films he believes will win and which he thinks should win.

Post your comments in the section provided below and check and drop by the site tomorrow to vote in an Oscar poll.

And the nominees are…

Best Picture

Nominees: Amour, Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty

Will Win: Argo

Should Win: Zero Dark Thirty

Best Director

Nominees: Michael Haneke (Amour), Ang Lee (Life of Pi), David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook), Steven Spielberg (Lincoln), Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild)

Will Win: Steven Spielberg

Should Win: Michael Haneke

Best Actor

Nominees: Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook), Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables) Daniel Day Lewis (Lincoln), Joaquin Phoenix (The Master), Denzel Washington (Flight)

Will Win: Daniel Day Lewis

Should Win: Joaquin Phoenix

Best Actress

Nominees: Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), Emmanuelle Riva (Amour), Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Naomi Watts (The Impossible)

Will Win: Jennifer Lawrence

Should Win: Jessica Chastain

Best Supporting Actor

Nominees: Alan Arkin (Argo), Robert De Niro (Silver Linings Playbook), Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master), Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln), Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained)

Will Win: Tommy Lee Jones

Should Win: Philip Seymour Hoffman

Best Supporting Actress

Nominees: Amy Adams (The Master), Sally Field (Lincoln), Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables), Helen Hunt (The Sessions), Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook)

Will Win: Anne Hathaway

Should Win: Anne Hathaway

Best Animated Film

Nominees: Brave, Frankenweenie, ParaNorman, The Pirates: Band of Misfits, Wreck It Ralph

Will Win: Frankenweenie

Should Win: Brave

Cinematography

Nominees: Anna Karenina, Django Unchained, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Skyfall

Will Win: Life of Pi

Should Win: Life of Pi

Costume Design

Nominees: Anna Karenina, Les Miserables, Lincoln, Mirror Mirror, Snow White and the Huntsman

Will Win: Anna Karenina

Should Win: Les Miserables

Documentary

Nominees: 5 Broken Cameras, The Gatekeepers, How to Survive a Plague, The Invisible War, Searching for Sugar Man

Will Win: Searching for Sugar Man

Should Win: Searching for Sugar Man

Editing

Nominees: Argo, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty

Will Win: Argo

Should Win: Zero Dark Thirty

Foreign Language Film

Nominees: Amour, Kon Tiki, No, A Royal Affair, War Witch

Will Win: Amour

Should Win: Amour

Makeup and Hairstyling

Nominees: Hitchcock, The Hobbit, Les Miserables

Will Win: Les Miserables

Should Win: Les Miserables

Original Score

Nominees: Anna Karenina, Argo, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Skyfall

Will Win: Life of Pi

Should Win: Lincoln 

Original Song

Nominees: Before My Time (from “Chasing Ice), Everybody Needs a Best Friend (from “Ted”), Pi’s Lullaby (from “Life of Pi”), Skyfall (from “Skyfall”), Suddenly (from “Les Miserables”)

Will Win: Skyfall

Should Win: Skyfall

Production Design

Nominees: Anna Karenina, The Hobbit, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Lincoln

Will Win: Life of Pi

Should Win: Life of Pi

Sound Editing

Nominees: Argo, Django Unchained, Life of Pi, Skyfall, Zero Dark Thirty

Will Win: Skyfall

Should Win: Zero Dark Thirty

Sound Mixing

Nominees: Argo, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Skyfall

Will Win: Les Miserables

Should Win: Les Miserables

Visual Effects

Nominees: The Hobbit, Life of Pi, The Avengers, Prometheus, Snow White and the Huntsman

Will Win: Life of Pi

Should Win: Life of Pi

Original Screenplay

Nominees: Amour, Django Unchained, Flight, Moonrise Kingdom, Zero Dark Thirty

Will Win: Django Unchained

Should Win: Django Unchained

Adapted Screenplay

Nominees: Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook

Will Win: Lincoln

Should Win: Lincoln

Let us know what you think in the comments!

phyllis wolford February 23, 2013 at 01:59 PM
If Argo wins best pic its because the hollywood elite feel that affleck was slighted for his snub at not being nominated in the Directing category. That is ironic as they only have themselves to blame. Lincoln is by far the superior film

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