Screening Room Oscar Page

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Screening Room Oscar Page

The following is a guide to this year’s upcoming Academy Awards (February 26, 2012) from the minds of the Fox 4 News film critics. Anyone can make predictions once the nominees are announced (January 24, 2012). But the Fox 4 News film critics are giving you early insight on the movies and performances that will be looking for glory this awards season even before the awards season heats up.

Shawn Edwards’ Thoughts:

My Picks to Win

  • Picture: “The Artist”
  • Director: Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”
  • Actor: George Clooney, “The Descendants”
  • Actress: Viola Davis, “The Help”
  • Sup Actor: Christopher Plummer, “Beginners”
  • Sup Actress: Octavia Spencer, “The Help”

5 Movies You Shouldn’t Miss to be in the Oscar Loop

  1. “Hugo”
  2. “The Help”
  3. “Midnight in Paris”
  4. “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”
  5. “War Horse”

5 Breakthrough Performances

  1. Elizabeth Olsen “Martha, Marcy, May, Marlene”
  2. John Boyega “Attack the Block”
  3. Adepero Oduye “Pariah”
  4. Zoe Heran “Tomboy”
  5. Michelle Williams “My Week with Marilyn”

C’mon Man Awards

  1. Andy Serkis deserves a nomination for “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.”
  2. Will the Academy honor the 20th Anniversary of the new wave of black cinema (“Boyz n the Hood” “New Jack City” “Jungle Fever”)?
  3. Why isn’t “Pariah” getting more love?
  4. Is “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” too smart of a movie?
  5. A Tribe Called Quest’s documentary, “Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest,” which won the Producers Guild Award for Best documentary feature isn’t even eligible.

5 Catergories That Need To Be Added (Right Now)

  1. Best Comedy: “Bridesmaids”
  2. Best Comedic Performance: Jennifer Aniston “Horrible Bosses”
  3. Best Stunt: Tom Cruise “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
  4. Best Car Chase: “Fast Five”
  5. Best 3D Movie: “Immortals”

The Front Runners

Best Picture: “The Artist”

Actor: George Clooney “The Descendants”

Actress: Meryl Streep “The Iron Lady”

Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, “Beginners”

Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer “The Help”

Director: Martin Scorsese “Hugo”

Original Screenplay: Woody Allen “Midnight in Paris”

Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxton, Jim Rash “The Descendants”

Editing: “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy”

Cinematography: “The Tree of Life”

Sound Mixing: “Hugo”

Sound Editing: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2”

Original Score: “Moneyball”

Foreign Language Film (submissions): “A Separation” (Iran)

Documentary Feature: “Page One”

Animated Feature: “Kung Fu Panda 2”

Visual Effects: “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”

Makeup: “J. Edgar”

Song: Mary J. Blige (“The Living Proof“) “The Help”

Shawn Edwards is a voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and Black Film Critics Circle.

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