It’s almost time to roll out the red carpet and see which celebrities dressed to impress. Later next month, the who’s who of Hollywood will head to the Kodak Theater to find out the best films, actors, and directors of the year.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recently announced this year’s Oscars nominees. This year there are two films standing above the rest, and both pay tribute to Hollywood.
Hugo, the Martin Scorcese children’s movie about an orphan’s relationship with an older man who has ties to the early days of filmmaking, grabbed 11 nominations. The Artist, a silent, black and white movie about the days when films transitioned from silent to sound, scored ten.
Marketing Manager for Classic Cinemas Mark Mazrimas has seen the films and says there was a nice surprise in the Best Supporting Actress category. Plainfield native Melissa McCarthy snagged a nomination for Bridesmaids, but Mazrimas says he thinks the Oscar will go to an actress in the film based on a New York Times bestseller about a young, white woman who writes a book about African-American maids.
“I’m going to bet Octavia Spencer because that’s where I think The Help is going to win an Oscar,” he said. “I know it’s probably the most seen movie of nominations, so I think Melissa is going to get edged out. But hey, what is she going to wear?”
On the Supporting Actor side, there’s some familiar faces.
“Max von Sydow, 81 years old I think, has been nominated and has never won, and Christopher Plummer, nominated and never has won,” said Mazrimas. “The father that comes out of the closet, I just think it’s Christopher Plummer’s time to win.”
Many have said Best Actress in a Leading Role will go to Michelle Williams for her portrayal of the blonde bombshell Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn, but Mazrimas thinks the “Iron Lady” of the Oscars, Meryl Streep, will finally go home with the statue again.
“This is the 17th time she’s been nominated,” he said. “She’s won twice, supporting and best actress, but you know she hasn’t won in 30 years, so her playing Margaret Thatcher, I think this time they give the Oscar to Meryl Streep.”
Brad Pitt and George Clooney both scored Best Actor nominations, and Mazrimas says don’t count out Jean Dujardin and his silent performance.
“I think it’s between him (Dujardin) and George Clooney, I’m going to go with George Clooney because he’s such a Hollywood favorite, and this is his best role,” said Mazrimas.
Mazrimas was surprised to see that Spielberg didn’t get a Directing nomination for War Horse and thinks Scorcese will win for Hugo.
“It’s the first film he’s done in 3D, it pays tribute to Hollywood, and it’s going to win a lot of technical awards,” he said. “It’s just a very gorgeous looking film and it was very good in 3D so I’m going to bet Scorcese.”
And what film of the nine nominated will win the top prize of Best Picture?
“The buzz right now is The Artist, so I think I’m going to go with The Artist but Hugo, but I won’t count Hugo or The Descendants out,” he said.
If you want to try your own hand at picking the winners, each of the Classic Cinemas theaters has an entry box and every correct ballot is a winner.
The 84th Annual Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, February 26th.
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