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A look at my Oscar predictions this year

Posted February 22, 2013 by Myong Choi

Unlike last year’s Oscars, most of the major categories are extremely difficult to accurately predict this year. After correctly predicting seven of eight winners out of the major categories last year, I am predicting some wild upsets this time around. The races are just that close. But I do know that the Academy will spread the Oscar love around again and that host Seth McFarlane will no doubt offend someone in the audience. Here’s a look at my predictions for this year’s ceremony.


Best Adapted Screenplay (2 of 8)

Best Adapted Screenplay

"Beasts of the Southern Wild"
"Life of Pi"
"Silver Linings Playbook"

Has a film ever had as much momentum going into the Academy Awards as "Argo"? It's like the industry as a whole decided to make up for the terrible omission of Ben Affleck from the list of Best Director nominees by handing every award possible to the film. But it's not undeserved. "Argo" does an excellent job setting up the crazy, but real, storyline and manages to effectively infuse comedy into the script as well.

Should win - "Argo"
Will win - "Argo"


  1. Annoddah_Dave
    Posted February 25, 2013 at 1:33 am

    MC:  Okay, 2 out of 8.  I agree that 0 Dark should have won something.  Just finished 2 books on it and the film is spot on for accuracy within the confines of unclassified material.  Best supporting actor I did not see it coming.  Even best actress.  Am glad that Pi took home a lot of Oscars…it is a beautiful film that most of America fails to appreciate.  I cannot believe Argo won considering that so much of it is not really how it happened and there was stretching of artistic license going on.  It is a good film but not Oscar quality in my mind.  Django winning original screen play, I scratch my head.  QT is quirky and fun but this is not literary/artistic stuff for the ages.  Don’t feel bad, I did not do any better.

  2. MyongChoi
    Posted February 25, 2013 at 8:24 am

    @Annoddah_Dave Well, I actually scored 4 out of 8 for my predictions but I’m more glad that most of the picks I felt “Should Win” actually did! As I was watching the telecast last night, I was thrilled to first see Christoph Waltz win, then Quentin Tarantino and then finally Ang Lee. All three were surprises for me but the ones I felt really deserved to win.
    And yes, Life of Pi is such a beautiful and deep film. I’m so glad it got the awards it did.
    And I still don’t get the love for Jennifer Lawrence. I find her line delivery to lack any kind of emotion except for screaming. Chastain really carried her film and should have won. Chastain could’ve played Lawrence’s character from Silver Linings Playbook but there’s no way Lawrence could’ve played Chastain’s character from Zero Dark Thirty.

About Myong Choi

Born in Korea but a Hawaii resident since the age of 1, Myong Choi is a diligent engineer by day and an enthusiastic fun seeker by night. His appreciation for film started with watching bloody and violent Shaw Brothers kung fu films at Empress Theatre at age 5. When not catching up on the latest or greatest films he’s following K-pop trends, outside hiking or playing basketball, or inside enjoying an ice cold beer with friends.

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