All the stars are in town, the pre-parties have begun, and before you know it, they’ll be rolling out the red carpet.
This is serious stuff, guys! Bragging rights are up for grabs.
Here’s a rundown of the major categories…
- Django Unchained
- Les Miserables
- Life of Pi
- Silver Linings Playbook
- Zero Dark Thirty
- Beast of the Southern Wild
Producer Angie had no difficulty making her decision.
“I think it’s easy,” she told Carson. “It’s Argo. I just saw it this weekend. It’s the best movie all year.”
“I can’t believe more people aren’t talking about how good this movie is,” Carson said. “Ben Affleck got a little bit snubbed for the direction of it, but then he wins everything. I thought it was maybe being over-hyped and I watched it the same day you did and I just absolutely loved it. I loved everything about the movie.
Actor in a Leading Role
- Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
- Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
- Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
- Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
- Denzel Washington, Flight
Best Actor is jam-packed with some superstar names, which makes this category extra competitive.
“I’m going with Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook. I think Daniel Day-Lewis going to win, but I really think Bradley Cooper was amazing in Silver Linings Playbook,” Producer Angie said. “Totally different than anything he’s ever played. He was so good, made you believe his role in that movie.”
“He shows a side of his acting that you don’t even think he’s capable of,” Carson agreed. “He’s a great straight guy for comedy, but the mental illness part of it, [how] he portrays that, not even understated. He’s just solid. You buy him. He’s very good in that.”
But as to who will actually take home the golden statue come Oscar night, Carson had this to say:
“Daniel Day-Lewis is going to win this. Let’s not fool ourselves. Daniel Day-Lewis is the best actor out there. Period. There are great people behind him, but he is just that much better than anybody else…The guy does something that nobody else does.”
Actress in a Leading Role
- Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
- Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
- Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
- Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Naomi Watts, The Impossible
Carson isn’t so impressed with this year’s Best Actress category and had quite a bit to say about the nominees’ performances.
“For Oscars, you need that gravitas,” he argued. “You need the Meryl Streep. You know, you need Helen Mirren from The Queen. You need even like a Hilary Swank in Boys Don’t Cry or Charlize Theron, that transformation in Monster. You don’t get that.”
“Jessica Chastain has one gear in Zero Dark Thirty and it’s good and that’s it, but there’s no emotion. She’s got no love interest in it. She just stays right there on that mission to get bin Laden and it’s very good, but that’s all it is.”
9-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis is the youngest actress ever to receive an Academy Award nomination.
“She’s fantastic, but for Oscars, she’s too young. She doesn’t even have like a monologue in that movie. She shows age beyond her years and emotes incredibly in that environment, but you know what? Best Actress, I’m sorry. I can’t do it.”
Carson went with an interesting tactic when making his final decision.
“I haven’t seen Emmanuelle Riva and that’s who I’m picking because I haven’t seen her. The other ones are just, they’re all B+’s.”
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
Carson had no doubts about his pick for Best Supporting Actor.
“I’m going with Christoph Waltz from Django Unchained,” he said. “That guy, from Inglorious Basterds, he is pound-for-pound I honestly think one of the best actors out there.”
“Look at this category! You’ve got the great Robert De Niro. Philip Seymour Hoffman, who’s great in everything he does. Tommy Lee Jones is solid everywhere and has been for three decades,” he added. “Alan Arkin in Argo…I’m sure Alan will probably win because it’s such an industry-type role, but Christoph Waltz for acting, he’s my pick.”
Producer Angie is team Silver Linings Playbook, choosing two-time Academy Award winner Robert De Niro.
“I thought he was awesome,” she told Carson. “It was different De Niro. It was emotional. He was great in it.”
Actress in a Supporting Role
- Amy Adams, The Master
- Sally Field, Lincoln
- Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
- Helen Hunt, The Sessions
- Jackie Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook
It’s true. Anne has accomplished an awards season sweep, taking home the Golden Globe and SAG awards, but Carson is going with an surprise underdog for this category.
“I’ve got Helen Hunt in The Sessions. I know no one’s probably even seen that movie. It’s an independent drama.”
- Who do you think will win big on Sunday night? Tune in Sunday, February 24th at 5:30pm PT on ABC!