And the winner is...


Nominees for the 85th Academy Awards, with Blade film critic Kirk Baird’s Oscar prediction in bold.




Beasts of the Southern Wild

Django Unchained

Les Misérables

Life of Pi


Silver Linings Playbook

Zero Dark Thirty


Michael Haneke, Amour

Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Ang Lee, Life of Pi

Steven Spielberg, Lincoln

David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook


Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook

Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables

Joaquin Phoenix, The Master

Denzel Washington, Flight


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:




The Pirates! Band of Misfits

Wreck-It Ralph


Seamus McGarvey, Anna Karenina

Robert Richardson, Django Unchained

Claudio Miranda, Life of Pi

Janusz Kaminski, Lincoln

Roger Deakins, Skyfall

Costume Design:

Jacqueline Durran, Anna Karenina

Paco Delgado, Les Misérables

Joanna Johnston, Lincoln

Eiko Ishioka, Mirror Mirror

Colleen Atwood, Snow White and the Huntsman

Documentary Feature:

5 Broken Cameras

The Gatekeepers

How to Survive a Plague

The Invisible War

Searching for Sugar Man

Documentary Short Subject:


Kings Point

Mondays at Racine

Open Heart


Film Editing:

William Goldenberg, Argo

Tim Squyres, Life of Pi

Michael Kahn, Lincoln

Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers, Silver Linings Playbook

Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg, Zero Dark Thirty

Foreign Language Film:

Amour, Austria

Kon-Tiki, Norway

No, Chile

A Royal Affair, Denmark

War Witch, Canada

Makeup and Hairstyling:

Howard Berger, Peter Montagna and Martin Samuel, Hitchcock

Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater and Tami Lane, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell, Les Misérables

Music (Original Score):

Dario Marianelli, Anna Karenina

Alexandre Desplat, Argo

Mychael Danna, Life of Pi

John Williams, Lincoln

Thomas Newman, Skyfall

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, production design: Sarah Greenwood; set decoration: Katie Spencer

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, production design: Dan Hennah; set Decoration: Ra Vincent and Simon Bright

Les Misérables, production design: Eve Stewart; set decoration: Anna Lynch-Robinson

Life of Pi, production design: David Gropman; set secoration: Anna Pinnock

Lincoln, production design: Rick Carter; set decoration: Jim Erickson

Sound Editing:

Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn, Argo

Wylie Stateman, Django Unchained

Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton, Life of Pi

Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers, Skyfall

Paul N.J. Ottosson, Zero Dark Thirty

Sound Mixing:

John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff, and Jose Antonio Garcia, Argo

Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson, and Simon Hayes, Les Misérables

Ron Bartlett, D.M. Hemphill, and Drew Kunin, Life of Pi

Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom, and Ronald Judkins, Lincoln

Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell, and Stuart Wilson, Skyfall

Visual Effects:

Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, and R. Christopher White, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer, and Donald R. Elliott, Life of Pi

Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams, and Dan Sudick, Marvel’s The Avengers

Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley, and Martin Hill, Prometheus

Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan, Neil Corbould, and Michael Dawson, Snow White and the Huntsman

Writing (Adapted Screenplay):

Chris Terrio, Argo

Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild

David Magee, Life of Pi

Tony Kushner, Lincoln

David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook

Writing (Original Screenplay):

Michael Haneke, Amour

Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

John Gatins, Flight

Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola, Moonrise Kingdom

Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty