Here we are, our final Oscar discussion before the big night. And the simple question is: who or what do you most hope wins? Okay, maybe not that simple…
Do you know how many Oscar nominees there are this year? It’s trickier than it sounds. It’s not just a matter of looking at how many categories there are (24) and adding up how many nominations there in each (5 in most, but 9 for Best Picture and only 3 for Best Makeup and Hairstyling). Most nominations come with multiple names attached. Some of the films up for Best Visual Effects, for instance, have four people named as nominees.
Meanwhile, there are a few people named as nominees for multiple films in the same category -- namely Andy Nelson, a sound engineer up for Best Sound Mixing for both Les Miserables and Lincoln. Then there are those nominated as producers for Best Picture who are also nominated directors and writers (Ang Lee, Steven Spielberg, Kathryn Bigelo, Mark Boal). And both Michael Haneke and David O. Russell have the distinction of being nominated for directing and writing. Haneke is also the designated nominee for Amour’s Best Foreign Language Film contention.
Speaking of Amour, it’s a favorite film among 2012 releases for many people, so it’s likely that a lot of viewers are hoping it wins at least one of the five Oscars it’s up for. Another popular movie is Moonrise Kingdom, which is only nominated for Best Original Screenplay. Perhaps Wes Anderson is the nominee you’ll be rooting for the most this Sunday evening. Or, maybe you’re a huge Adele fan and would be happiest to see the “Skyfall” singer ascend the Dolby Theatre steps when they announce the winner of Best Original Song.
Our international readers might have a national pride for nominees from their own countries. Represented in the Foreign Language Film category is Austria (Amour), Norway (Kon-Tiki), Canada (War Witch), Denmark (A Royal Affair) and, for the first time ever, Chile (No). Of course, there are also a few Australians up for acting awards (Hugh Jackman, Jackie Weaver and Naomi Watts), while Austria also has an acting nominee (Christoph Waltz).
Your most hoped for win is probably less complicated than that, however, and could just be a matter of you really wanting to see Beasts of the Southern Wild or The Master pick up some Oscars. Maybe you just really love Amy Adams and want to see her finally win on her fourth try. Whatever your motivation is for tuning in to Sunday's show, tell us in the comments below.
Our own Dave Karger has been covering every detail of the Oscar race in Fandango’s Awards Watch Guide, and you can hear his latest predictions in the major categories in the original video series, The Frontrunners!