And the Award Goes to…


the 2013 Academy Award nominees

Simone Britto, Staff Writer

With awards season upon us, the red carpet is unrolling for the rapidly approaching Academy Awards on Feb. 24. Mirador indulges its excitement by weighing in on who will and should win the five most important categories this year.


Best Picture:

Who will win: Lincoln

Who should win: Zero Dark Thirty

Lincoln is the clear favorite to win Best Picture, leading every other movie with a total of 12 nominations. While Lincoln is fantastic in nearly every way, it is a period piece that could fit in as Best Picture any year, while Zero Dark Thirty is a better representation of contemporary America. The Academy always loves period pieces (like The King’s Speech in 2010) and tends to overlook the fact that Best Picture should be the best movie of 2012. Additionally, there has been a lot of controversy surrounding the depiction of torture in Zero Dark Thirty, which prevented Kathryn Bigelow from being nominated for Best Director and will likely hurt its chances of winning. While Lincoln is a great movie, Zero Dark Thirty is a piece of modern history and it deserves recognition. It truly captures America right now, not 150 years ago.


Best Actor in a Leading Role: 

Who will win: Daniel Day Lewis in Lincoln

Who should win: Daniel Day Lewis in Lincoln

Daniel Day Lewis is Abraham Lincoln. It’s incredible. He will win and absolutely deserves this award. While everyone nominated this year gave great performances, there is pretty much no way Lewis will not win. It’s basically a complete lock.


Best Actress in a Leading Role: 

Who will win: Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty

Who should win: Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook

This category could go to anyone, but at this point Jessica Chastain seems like the closest thing to a leader, playing a strong CIA agent who leads the crusade against terrorism and finds Osama Bin Laden. Jennifer Lawrence may seem like an underdog, but with a Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor nomination, it is clear that Silver Linings Playbook has a strong group of supporters in the Academy. Proving she is more than just the Girl on Fire, Lawrence shows off her sensitive side, excellently playing a young widow who befriends a bipolar man. It is also worth noting that this year both the youngest and oldest person ever to be nominated for Best Actress are in contention: nine-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis for her performance in Beast of the Southern Wild, and 85-year-old Emmanuelle Riva for her performance in Amour.


Best Actor in a Supporting Role: 

Who will win: Tommy Lee Jones in Lincoln

Who should win: Alan Arkin in Argo

While Tommy Lee Jones is great as a grouchy, ardently anti-slavery congressman in Lincoln, Alan Arkin should not be overlooked. Jones is the clear favorite, but Arkin’s performance as a Hollywood producer who helps the CIA in a mission to save Americans during the Iranian Hostage Crisis was lovely and hilarious at times. With Ben Affleck’s snub for Best Director, Argo deserves recognition for taking an obscure piece of American history and making it interesting, suspenseful and often funny.


Best Actress in a Supporting Role: 

Who will win: Anne Hathaway in Les Miserables

Who should win: Anne Hathaway in Les Miserables

Though Les Miserables received mixed reviews from critics, the Academy seems to love it, granting it eight nominations this year. Hathaway brilliantly portrays a poor mother forced to turn to prostitution during the French Revolution to support her child. She was very dedicated to the role, having her hair actually cut off during one scene. Also, instead of pre-recording the musical numbers, Hathaway and her castmates sang as the cameras rolled, adding another layer to their performances. It may be a close race between her and Sally Field, nominated for  playing Mary Todd Lincoln, but Hathaway’s performance merits the Oscar.