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For the last two years I’ve stayed up all night to watch the ceremony live. What can I say? I’m hardcore. And I was all set to do the same this year as I start work late the following the day. Then cleverly I left my teaching observations til the last minute and have to be in at 9.15 instead of 2.45! Dumb ass. And there’s no way I can function on no sleep. 

So, while I’m wallowing in self pity, I thought I’d post my predictions and show some more love for the people (Michelle Williams) and films (Hugo) I want to win. My film blogging has been very slack of late so this should be a nice little rounded up catch up. (* indicates a film I have actually seen - not very many this year :()

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
Who I want to win: Hugo

LEADING ACTOR
Demian Bichir (A Better Life)
George Clooney (The Descendants)
Jean Dujardin (The Artist)*
Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)
Brad Pitt (Moneyball)

Prediction: George Clooney
Who I want to win: George Clooney

LEADING ACTRESS
Michelle Williams (My Week With Marilyn)*
Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)
Viola Davis (The Help)
Rooney Mara (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo)
Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs)

Prediction: Michelle Williams
Who I want to win: Michelle Williams

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Kenneth Branagh (My Week With Marilyn)*
Jonah Hill (Moneyball)
Nick Nolte (Warrior)
Christopher Plummer (Beginners)*
Max von Sydow (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close)

Prediction: Christopher Plummer
Who I want to win: Christopher Plummer

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Berenice Bejo (The Artist)*
Octavia Spencer (The Help)
Jessica Chastain (The Help)
Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs)
Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids)*

Prediction: Octavia Spencer
Who I want to win: Octavia Spencer

ANIMATED FEATURE
Puss in Boots
A Cat in Paris
Kung Fu Panda 2
Rango
Chico & Rita

Prediction: Rango
Who I want to win: Chico & Rita

CINEMATOGRAPHY
The Artist*
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Hugo*
The Tree of Life
 War Horse

Prediction: Hugo
Who I want to win: Hugo

ART DIRECTION
The Artist*
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2*
Hugo*
Midnight in Paris
War Horse 

Prediction: Hugo
Who I want to win: Hugo

COSTUME DESIGN
Anonymous
The Artist*
Hugo*
Jane Eyre
W.E.

Prediction: The Artist
Who I want to win: Jane Eyre

DIRECTING
Michael Hazanavicius (The Artist)*
Martin Scorsese (Hugo)*
Alexander Payne (The Descendants)
Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris)
Terence Malick (The Tree of Life)

Prediction: Martin Scorsese
Who I want to win: Martin Scorsese
Note: I know the Academy rarely awards different films with Best Picture and Best Director, but it happened with Spielberg for Saving Private Ryan when Shakespeare in Love shamelessly won Best Picture and I think if Hugo doesn’t win Best Picture it could still win Best Director. Fingers crossed… 

EDITING
The Artist*
The Descendants
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Hugo*
Moneyball 

Prediction: Hugo
Who I want to win: Hugo 

MUSIC (SCORE)
Hugo*
War Horse
Tintin*
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
The Artist*

Prediction: War Horse
Who I want to win: Hugo 

MUSIC (SONG)
Man or Muppet (Muppets)*
Real in Rio (RIO)

Prediction: Muppets
Who I want to win: Muppets 

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
The Descendants
Hugo*
The Ideas of March
Moneyball
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Prediction: The Descendants
Who I want to win: The Descendants 

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Midnight in Paris
The Artist*
Bridesmaids*
Margin Call
A Separation

Prediction: The Artist
Who I want to win: Midnight in Paris 

I have to admit, I haven’t seen any shorts or docs this year (and very few foreign films), so I’m going to leave it at the feature film nominations… 

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Audrey Hepburn

from Philippe Halsman’s “Jump” series

“When you ask someone to jump, Halsman said, “the mask falls, so that the real person appears.”

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So excited about The Dark Knight Rises, but I’m trying to avoid reading anymore about it…

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So excited :)

So excited :)

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"You know what’s sad about reading books? It’s that you fall in love with the characters. They grow on you. And as you read, you start to feel what they feel - all of them - you become them. And when you’re done, you’re never the same. Sure you’re still you, you look the same, talk in the same manner, but something in you has changed. Something in the way you think, the way you choose, sometimes, even the things you say may differ. But it all comes down to the state you go to after a nice novel. The after-feeling. It’s amazing, but somehow, you feel left alone by that world you were once in. It’s overwhelming. But it makes you sad. Cause for once you were this, this otherworldly being in… Neverwhere, and then you suddenly have to say goodbye after a few weeks from when you read the last page. When you’ve recovered from that state. It’s just… quite sad"

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"It’s not just as aesthetic object - it’s also a childhood object. It’s like an old blanket. I appreciate its sense of melancholy and loss. It’s profound."

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"Most movies… are bad, and have always been bad. But there are enough movies every year - 10 or 20 - that [Sarris] can recommend as the best of the lot. The same might be said of the critics who pass judgments on these creations, especially in the cyberspace era. Much of the criticism out there is bad and… has in the past often been considered mostly bad. But some film critics remain who sort the issue with sense of style and purpose, with historical context, and in a literate way in a literary tradition. The reader just has to care enough, about film criticism as much as film itself, to find them."

- The Complete History of American Film Criticism
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Totalfilm.com’s 100 Favourite Movies

Tired of reading the same old lists of the best films ever? We’ve polled Total Film’s Facebook fans and Twitter followers (via tumblr) for their favourite films.

Not necessarily the “greatest” movies ever made, just the ones that make them feel warm and tingly when they watch them.

We’ve included choices from Total Film staff and contributors too, so you can see our tastes are as personal and eclectic as yours!

[TO FIND OUT WHAT OUR 100 FAVOURITE MOVIES ARE, CLICK ON THE IMAGE OR FOLLOW THIS LINK]

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