Oscars 2013: The Projected Winners

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The Oscars is happening at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles this Sunday starting at 7 pm EST/4 pm PST, but for those who couldn't attend the event live, they can check it out on ABC. So, who's going to take home a trophy on Sunday? Read on for my predictions.

If you need a printable Oscars ballot, Moviefone has one you can use.

Let's start off with the main event: Best Picture. The early buzz was for Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty to win it all, but somewhere along the way, the momentum shifted to Ben Affleck's Argo. Zero Dark Thirty, Life of Pi, and Lincoln may pull off an upset Sunday evening, but always bet on the feel good movie. Best Picture goes to Argo.

Speaking of Zero Dark Thirty and Argo, both of the movie's directors are not in the running for Best Director Oscar even though their movies are two of the favorites for Best Picture. I believe that's what they called a snub.

With Bigelow and Affleck out of the race, the spotlight turns to Ang Lee for Life of Pi, Steven Spielberg for Lincoln, and David O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook. Spielberg always has a chance to win when he's nominated, but with Affleck out, he's the front runner. For this award, my brain is telling me Spielberg, but my heart is going with Lee. In the end, Spielberg adds another one to his trophy case.

In the Best Actor race, the one playing a well-known figure is always the favorite to win, so just give the Oscar to Daniel Day-Lewis already. The only ones who can pry the statuette from Day-Lewis' cold, dead fingers are Hugh Jackman and Joaquin Phoenix, but, hey, history is not on their side.

Losing out to Natalie Portman in the 83rd Oscars, Jennifer Lawrence is back for another go, and it looks like this is her year. She defeated the other competitors to win it all at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, and it looks like she'll repeat in the Oscars. The only one who can pull out an upset is Jessica Chastain.

With all things acting related, we'll go with the winners in the SAG Awards since actors are the largest voting block. For the Best Supporting Role categories, Tommy Lee Jones and Anne Hathaway will win their respective races. Unlike last year (sorry, Viola Davis, you was robbed!) I don't expect any upsets this year.

In the Animated Feature Film category, Wreck-It Ralph will be anointed the winner.

Well, that's it for the major categories. For the rest of my predictions, check out the list below. The projected winners are between the asterisks and helpfully color-coded.

BEST PICTURE
Amour
*Argo*
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Django Unchained
Les Misérables
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Bradley Cooper - Silver Linings Playbook
*Daniel Day-Lewis - Lincoln*
Hugh Jackman - Les Misérables
Joaquin Phoenix - The Master
Denzel Washington - Flight

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Jessica Chastain - Zero Dark Thirty
*Jennifer Lawrence - Silver Linings Playbook*
Emmanuelle Riva - Amour
Quvenzhané Wallis - Beasts of the Southern Wild
Naomi Watts - The Impossible

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Alan Arkin - Argo
Robert De Niro - Silver Linings Playbook
Philip Seymour Hoffman - The Master
*Tommy Lee Jones - Lincoln*
Christoph Waltz - Django Unchained

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Amy Adams - The Master
Sally Field - Lincoln
*Anne Hathaway - Les Misérables*
Helen Hunt - The Sessions
Jacki Weaver - Silver Linings Playbook

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Brave
Frankenweenie
ParaNorman
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
*Wreck-It Ralph*

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Anna Karenina - Seamus McGarvey
Django Unchained - Robert Richardson
Life of Pi - Claudio Miranda
Lincoln - Janusz Kaminski
*Skyfall - Roger Deakins*

COSTUME DESIGN
*Anna Karenina - Jacqueline Durran*
Les Misérables - Paco Delgado
Lincoln - Joanna Johnston
Mirror Mirror - Eiko Ishioka
Snow White and the Huntsman - Colleen Atwood

DIRECTING
Amour - Michael Haneke
Beasts of the Southern Wild - Benh Zeitlin
Life of Pi - Ang Lee
*Lincoln - Steven Spielberg*
Silver Linings Playbook - David O. Russell

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
5 Broken Cameras
The Gatekeepers
How to Survive a Plague
The Invisible War
*Searching for Sugar Man*

DOCUMENTARY SHORT
Inocente
Kings Point
*Mondays at Racine*
Open Heart
Redemption

FILM EDITING
*Argo - William Goldenberg*
Life of Pi - Tim Squyres
Lincoln - Michael Kahn
Silver Linings Playbook - Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers
Zero Dark Thirty - Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
*Amour - Austria*
Kon-Tiki - Norway
No - Chile
A Royal Affair - Denmark
War Witch - Canada

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
Hitchcock - Howard Berger, Peter Montagna and Martin Samuel
*The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater and Tami Lane*
Les Misérables - Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell

MUSIC -- ORIGINAL SCORE
Anna Karenina - Dario Marianelli
Argo - Alexandre Desplat
Life of Pi - Mychael Danna
Lincoln - John Williams
*Skyfall - Thomas Newman*

MUSIC -- ORIGINAL SONG
"Before My Time" from Chasing Ice - Music and Lyric by J. Ralph
"Everybody Needs A Best Friend" from Ted - Music by Walter Murphy; Lyric by Seth MacFarlane
"Pi's Lullaby" from Life of Pi - Music by Mychael Danna; Lyric by Bombay Jayashri
"Skyfall" from Skyfall - Music and Lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
*"Suddenly" from Les Misérables - Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; Lyric by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil*

PRODUCTION DESIGN
Anna Karenina - Sarah Greenwood (Production Design); Katie Spencer (Set Decoration)
*The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Dan Hennah (Production Design); Ra Vincent and Simon Bright (Set Decoration)*
Les Misérables - Eve Stewart (Production Design); Anna Lynch-Robinson (Set Decoration)
Life of Pi - David Gropman (Production Design); Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration)
Lincoln - Rick Carter (Production Design); Jim Erickson (Set Decoration)

SHORT FILM -- ANIMATED
Adam and Dog - Minkyu Lee
Fresh Guacamole - PES
Head over Heels - Timothy Reckart and Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly
Maggie Simpson in "The Longest Daycare" - David Silverman
*Paperman - John Kahrs*

SHORT FILM -- LIVE ACTION
Asad - Bryan Buckley and Mino Jarjoura
Buzkashi Boys - Sam French and Ariel Nasr
*Curfew - Shawn Christensen*
Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw) - Tom Van Avermaet and Ellen De Waele
Henry - Yan England

SOUND EDITING
Argo - Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn
Django Unchained - Wylie Stateman
Life of Pi - Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton
*Skyfall - Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers*
Zero Dark Thirty - Paul N.J. Ottosson

SOUND MIXING
Argo - John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Jose Antonio Garcia
Les Misérables - Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes
Life of Pi - Ron Bartlett, D.M. Hemphill and Drew Kunin
Lincoln - Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Ronald Judkins
*Skyfall - Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell and Stuart Wilson*

VISUAL EFFECTS
*The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and R. Christopher White*
Life of Pi - Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott
Marvel's The Avengers - Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams and Dan Sudick
Prometheus - Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley and Martin Hill
Snow White and the Huntsman - Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan, Neil Corbould and Michael Dawson

WRITING -- ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
*Argo - Written by Chris Terrio*
Beasts of the Southern Wild - Screenplay by Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin
Life of Pi - Written by David Magee
Lincoln - Written by Tony Kushner
Silver Linings Playbook - Written by David O. Russell

WRITING -- ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Amour - Written by Michael Haneke
Django Unchained - Written by Quentin Tarantino
Flight - Written by John Gatins
Moonrise Kingdom - Written by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola
*Zero Dark Thirty - Written by Mark Boal*

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