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Arts / Entertainment

Best guesses for the 2012 Oscar Awards

February 23, 2012
by Claire Whitworth

Oscar season is fast approaching, and the red carpet will be rolled out in Hollywood on Feb. 26.

To get the inside scoop on who and what may win the awards, we talked with Jonathon Lupo and Hye Seung Chung, both assistant professors in Communication Studies.

Jonathon Lupo and Hye Seung Chung, both assistant professors in Communication Studies at CSU, will be among the legions of Oscar watchers on Feb. 26. (Photo by Claire Whitworth)Which movies will be the top choices for the Oscars?

Chung:The Artist, Hugo, and The Descendents
Lupo: The Artist, The Descendants,
and The Help

Which movies do you think will win, and in which categories?

Chung:

  • The Artist for Best Picture
  • Terrence Malick or Alexander Payne (The Descendents) for Best Director
  • Brad Pitt (Moneyball) or George Clooney (The Descendents) for Best Actor
  • Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn) or Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady) for Best Actress

Lupo:

  • The Artist or Midnight in Paris for Best Picture
  • Michel Hazanavicious (The Artist) or Alexander Payne (The Descendants) for Best Director
  • Jean Dujardin (The Artist) or George Clooney (The Descendants) for Best Actor
  • Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady) or Viola Davis (The Help) for Best Actress

If you were the final judge for best picture, which movie would you chose?

Chung:

“I loved The Artist, but I hope The Descendents wins Best Picture. It is simply the most beautiful and complex American film I have seen this year. I am a big fan of Alexander Payne because I appreciate his sophisticated humor blended with darkness, cynicism, and melancholia. The Descendents is set in Hawaii but it is not touristic at all. I lived in Honolulu for two years, and the film accurately captures the atmosphere of the place.

“That's another reason why I really love Payne's films. He is a keen cultural ethnographer as well as a talented filmmaker. Payne also did a great job of depicting Omaha, Nebraska, (his hometown) in About Schmidt, and the Santa Barbara wine country in Sideways.”

Lupo:

“I haven’t yet seen The Artist and I really liked The Descendants, so that film gets my vote.

"This has been a relatively weak year. Not a lot of huge hits that audiences and critics liked (such as Inception) but many that the different groups split on (such as The Help) so it could go a few different ways depending on what was nominated.”