Viewpoint: 2013 Signpost Oscar predictions

It’s Oscar time again, and the Signpost staff has its predictions lined up and ready to go. So, as you’re watching the broadcast this Sunday night, pull our picks up and see how we do (The Signpost’s pick to win in each category is underlined). First, the major awards:

Best Picture: “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Lincoln,” “Les Miserables,” “Life of Pi,” “Amour,” “Django Unchained,” “Argo.” With a big fat snub in the Best Director category, Oscar voters would be crazy not to award Ben Affleck with this award (though Lincoln” or “Zero Dark Thirty” could easily sneak in with a win).

Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln.” Denzel Washington, “Flight.” Hugh Jackman, “Les Miserables.” Bradley Cooper, “Silver Linings Playbook.” Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master.” Day-Lewis won this award the moment he put on the hat.

Best Actress: Naomi Watts, “The Impossible.” Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty.Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook.” Emmanuelle Riva, “Amour.” Quvenzhane Wallis, “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” Though Chastain is getting increasingly neck-in-neck with her as the favorite to win, look for Lawrence’s sweetly dark portrayal of a young and slightly crazy widow to earn her a statue.

Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained.” Phillip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master.” Robert De Niro, “Silver Linings Playbook.” Alan Arkin, “Argo.Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln.” The Oscar voters may want to give this to De Niro as a lifetime achievement recognition, but Jones was almost as good as Day-Lewis in his portrayal of grumpy (and surprisingly Jones-like) Senator Thaddeus Stevens.

Best Supporting Actress: Sally Field, “Lincoln. Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables. Jacki Weaver, “Silver Linings Playbook.Helen Hunt, “The Sessions.” Amy Adams, “The Master.” Many think Hathaway will win, but this isn’t the Golden Globes, people. Hunt’s very open (and very naked) portrayal of a real-life sex surrogate is right up Oscar alley.

Best Original Song: “Before My Time” from “Chasing Ice.” “Pi’s Lullaby” from “Life of Pi.” “Suddenly” from “Les Miserables.” “Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from “Ted.” “Skyfall” from “Skyfall.” “Skyfall” is probably a safer bet, but it shouldn’t beat out the hypnotic “Pi’s Lullaby” just because it’s catchy.

Best Animated Feature Film: “Frankenweenie,” “Pirates! Band of Misfits,” “Wreck-It Ralph,” “ParaNorman,” “Brave.” All great movies, but “Frankenweenie” was the most complete (and better for adults, who did the voting).

Best Foreign Language Film: Austria: “Amour. Chile: “No.” Canada: “War Witch.” Denmark: “A Royal Affair.” Norway: “Kon-Tiki.” “Amour” is a legitimate Best Picture contender.

Best Director: David O. Russell, “Silver Linings Playbook. Ang Lee, “Life of Pi.Steven Spielberg, “Lincoln.” Michael Haneke, “Amour. Benh Zeitlin, “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” No, it isn’t the ’80s, but Spielberg deserves the popular vote this time (especially since Ben Affleck for “Argo” and Kathryn Bigelow for “Zero Dark Thirty” were viciously snubbed here).

Best Original Screenplay: “Flight,” “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Django Unchained,” “Amour,” “Moonrise Kingdom.” “Zero Dark Thirty” is intense, timely and controversial, which is the perfect recipe for an Oscar win. Poor Wes Anderson and his “Moonrise Kingdom” should have received more consideration this year, however.

Best Adapted Screenplay: “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “Argo,” “Lincoln,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Life of Pi.” Tony Kushner, of “Angels in America” fame, shows his superb writing talents again with “Lincoln.”

Best Cinematography: “Anna Karenina,” “Django Unchained,” “Life of Pi,” “Lincoln,” “Skyfall.” Ang Lee showed viewers why 3-D was invented in his lost-at-sea epic, “Life of Pi.”

Best Costume Design: “Anna Karenina,” “Les Miserables,” “Lincoln,” “Mirror Mirror,” “Snow White and the Huntsman.” Again, not the Golden Globes, but “Les Miserables” should get a bone thrown its way here.

Documentary Feature: “5 Broken Cameras,” “The Gatekeepers,” “How to Survive a Plague,” “The Invisible War,” “Searching for Sugar Man.” This may be the tightest race of the night, and not just because no one has really seen any of these movies. Look for the Israeli border guard film “Gatekeepers” to narrowly beat out “Plague” and “Sugar Man.”

And here are the rest of our picks:

Documentary Short: “Inocente,” “Kings Point,” “Mondays at Racine,” “Open Heart,” “Redemption.”

Film Editing: Argo,” “Life of Pi,” “Lincoln,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Zero Dark Thirty.”

Makeup and Hairstyling: “Hitchcock,” “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” “Les Miserables.”

Best Original Score: Dario Marianelli, “Anna Karenina.Alexandre Desplat, “Argo.” Mychael Danna, “Life of Pi. John Williams, “Lincoln.” Thomas Newman, “Skyfall.”

Best Production Design: “Anna Karenina,” “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” “Les Miserables,” “Life of Pi,” “Lincoln.”

Best Animated Short: “Adam and Dog,” “Fresh Guacamole,” “Head Over Heels,” “Maggie Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare,'” “Paperman.

Best Live-Action Short: “Asad,” “Buzkashi Boys,” “Curfew,” “Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw),” “Henry.”

Best Sound Editing: “Argo,” “Django Unchained,” “Life of Pi,” “Skyfall,” “Zero Dark Thirty.”

Best Sound Mixing: “Argo,” “Les Miserables,” “Life of Pi,” “Lincoln,” “Skyfall.”

Best Visual Effects: “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” “Life of Pi,” “The Avengers,” “Prometheus,” “Snow White and the Huntsman.”