The Academy Awards are here!

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By guest blogger Tiana Bouma
Tiana is a senior at University of Oregon double majoring in Political Science and Journalism with a focus in magazine. Her hometown is now Bend, OR but she graduated from high school in Danville, CA. After graduating from UO, she plans on traveling and working for National Geographic. During her spare time, she enjoys music, reading, sports and movies.

The awards season is here. We’ve already gotten a taste with the Grammys, Emmys, and Golden Globes. It’s time for the crème de la crème, the mother of all awards shows, the Academy Awards. They’ll be taking place on February 26th (7pm EST).

Photo by Loren Javier

There are lots of movies on display, probably more than you were able to see last year. So we all need a little breakdown and some predictions about the Academy Awards, right?

BEST PICTURE

The Artist
The Descendants

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

The Help
Hugo
Midnight in Paris
Moneyball
The Tree of Life
War Horse

Prediction: The Artist
Possible Spoiler: The Help

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Demian Bichir – A Better Life
George Clooney – The Descendants
Jean Dujardin –
The Artist
Gary Oldman –
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Brad Pitt – MoneyBall

Prediction: Brad Pitt, Moneyball
Possible Spoiler: Jean Dujardin, The Artist or George Clooney, The Descendants

Best Actress nominee Rooney Mara. Photo by Beacon Radio.

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Glenn Close – Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis – The Help
Rooney Mara – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams – My Week with Marilyn

Prediction: Viola Davis, The Help
Possible Spoiler: Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Kenneth Baranagh – My Week with Marilyn
Jonah Hill – Moneyball
Nick Nolte – Warrior
Christoper Plummer – Beginners
Max von Sydow – Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Prediction: Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Possible Spoiler: Max Von Sydow, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Berenice Bejo – The Artist
Jessica Chastain – The Help
Melissa McCarthy –
Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer –
Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer –
The Help

Martin Scorcese accepting the 2012 Golden Globe for Best Director. Scorcese is up for the Oscar, as well. Photo by Beacon Radio.

Prediction: Octavia Spencer, The Help
Possible Spoiler: Berenice Bejo, The Artist

DIRECTING

The Artist – Michael Hazanavicius
The Descendants –
Alexander Payne
Hugo –
Martin Scorsese
Midnight in Paris –
Woody Allen
The Tree of Life –
Terrence Malick

Prediction: Michael Hazanavicius, The Artist
Possible Spoiler: Martin Scorsese, Hugo

So these are my predictions. Who do you think will be taking home an Oscar? Let us know!

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