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Our 2013 Oscar Predictions: Prepare for Your Betting Pool!

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Feb 22, 2013 | 10:51am EST

Argo Best Picture Oscar Prediction

More so than the Emmys, the Grammys, or Uncle Ted's "Best Barbecue Sauces of the Year Awards" (everyone has one of those, right?), the annual Academy Awards ceremony feels the most like pop culture's attempt at a sporting event. There's pre-show entertainment, a major competition, and enough dancing to fill a half-time show. If this year's Oscars suffers a power outage, they'll have gone full on Super Bowl.

And as with all great contests, the betting pool has become an essential part of the night's festivities. To prepare you for cinematic throwdown of 2013 — in hopes that you walk away with a few bucks in your pockets — we've compiled our predictions for this year's Oscars. Be forewarned: unlike the folks at the esteemed Psychic Sports Network, we don't claim to have supernatural powers allowing us to perfectly call the winners. But we have done our research. Here's what we've come up with:

Best Picture

Should Win: Zero Dark Thirty

Will Win: Argo

Thanks to a whirlwind of controversy surrounding the portrayal of torture and its political ripple effect, Kathryn Bigelow's sweeping look at the 10-year hunt for Osama bin Laden exited the contender conversation by the time it opened wide in January. Riding Ben Affleck's epic Best Director snub, Argo took ZDT's place as the favorite. A win for Affleck's ripped from the headlines thriller will put it in a select group of movies that have won without their directors picking up, let alone being nominated for, a statue. With all the hype surrounding Argo's win, there is a chance that the blaring sounds of other award groups are clouding the true winner. Lincoln or Silver Linings Playbook could sneak up after months of raves.

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Best Director

Should Win: Michael Haneke

Will Win: Steven Spielberg

With Affleck out of the ring, there are two major contenders in this category: the legend, Steven Spielberg, for his restrained, theatrical work in Lincoln (a departure for the king of blockbusters) or Ang Lee, who employed 3D and CG effects to new artistic degrees in Life of Pi. Without a director tied to the Best Picture win, the Academy could hand this one to Lee just for his painterly decisions behind the camera. But we'll side with Spielberg — a safe bet when tradition has been thrown out the window. Likely winners aside, we wouldn't mind seeing Amourdirector Michael Haneke picking this one up for his elegant study of aging. Quiet and devastating — no special effects required.

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Best Actor

Should Win: Joaquin Phoenix in The Master

Will Win: Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln

This Oscar was Day-Lewis' the minute a snapshot of the bearded actor was released from set. He's not playing Lincoln in Lincoln. He's living Lincoln. That said, this will be Day-Lewis' third Oscar win, and we'd be okay with spreading the wealth. How about the unhinged, mentally chaotic stylings of Joaquin Phoenix in The Master? It's a raw performance, as physical as Day-Lewis' gentle Lincoln, with the added layer of visceral outbursts.

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Best Actress

Should Win: Emmanuelle Riva in Amour

Will Win: Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook

Lawrence is fantastic in Silver Linings Playbook, a complex female ally for Bradley Cooper's depressed leading man. The Academy loves acknowledging the next wave of A-Listers, and there are few more worthy than Lawrence. If the Academy decides to wait on giving Lawrence her first (and certainly not last) Oscar, they may (and should) throw it to Emmanuelle Riva, who at 85 years old put herself through the ringer to terrify us with the prospect of losing oneself to time. Stunning, but not particularly "Hollywood."

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Best Supporting Actor

Should Win: Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Master

Will Win: Robert De Niro in Silver Linings Playbook

The last time De Niro won an Oscar was in 1981 for Raging Bull. Since, he hasn't done many movies that deserve the attention of the Academy Award. That changes with Silver Linings Playbook and, even with fierce competition (Supporting Actor is the most up in the air of all categories), expect the Academy to jump at the chance to award him again. In a just world, this would be Philip Seymour Hoffman taking home his second statue for his spine-tingling work in The Master. But who can blame the Academy for wanting De Niro to reclaim his former glory?

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Best Supporting Actress

Should Win: Anne Hathaway

Will Win: Anne Hathaway

Oh, just give it to her already! Her "I Dream a Dream" is the knockout movie moment of 2012. That's what "Supporting" is all about and Hathaway, despite a sliver of the world outright despising her, deserves the career boost that the Oscar delivers.

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Life of Pi

Best Adapted Screenplay

Will Win: Argo

Best Original Screenplay

Will Win: Django Unchained

Best Animated Feature

Will Win: Brave

Best Cinematography

Will Win: Life of Pi

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Best Costume Design

Will Win: Mirror Mirror

Best Production Design

Will Win: Lincoln

Best Documentary Feature

Will Win: Searching for Sugar Man

Best Editing

Will Win: Argo

Best Foreign Language

Will Win: Amour

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Will Win: Les Misérables

Best Original Score

Will Win: Life of Pi, Michael Dynna

Best Original Song

Will Win: "Skyfall" from Skyfall

Best Sound Editing

Will Win: Skyfall

Best Sound Mixing

Will Win: Les Misérables

Best Visual Effects

Will Win: Life of Pi

Best Documentary Short

Will Win: Redemption

Best Live Action Short

Will Win: Curfew

Best Animated Short

Will Win: Paperman


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