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Oscar predictions: 18 days to go

We’re finally in the homestretch of the Oscar season, and I’m happy to say we have a handful of real races on our hands this year. Best Actor continues to befuddle me, while Best Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay could both offer surprises on Feb. 26 . At this point I’m thinking Hugo screenwriter John Logan could capitalize on all the support for the film — not to mention the fact that he’s a sole credited writer, which always helps. At this week’s Oscar nominees luncheon, I was taken aback by the tremendous amount of goodwill directed at Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close supporting-actor nominee Max von Sydow. (Perhaps because Christopher Plummer wasn’t there, von Sydow received an inordinate amount of octogenarian love.) Do I suddenly think von Sydow could beat Plummer? No, but he definitely moves up a few rungs in my rankings this week. On today’s episode of my series Nominated With Dave Karger, we take a closer look at Extremely Loud.

Best Picture
1. The Artist (last week: 1) READ FULL STORY

How many Oscars will 'Hugo' win?

As any Oscarwatcher knows, Martin Scorsese’s ode to film preservation, Hugo, earned the most Academy Award nominations this year. But how many of its 11 nods will it actually win? It’s up for the following awards: Best Picture, director, adapted screenplay, editing, art direction, cinematography, costume design, original score, visual effects, sound mixing, and sound editing. Last night it won one of the three Art Directors Guild prizes for feature-film work (along with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2), so it has a great chance in that category. I’d also give it decent odds for editing, costume design, visual effects, and the two sound awards. Adapted screenplay, meanwhile, strikes me as a three-way race between Hugo, Moneyball, and The Descendants, while picture and director seem to be going The Artist‘s way. And The Tree of Life seems the safest bet for cinematography. So Hugo‘s final tally of wins should end up in the 4-to-7 range. Which means that even if it doesn’t win Best Picture, it could still win the most Oscars this year.

On today’s episode of my series Nominated with Dave Karger, I take a closer look at Hugo. How many awards do you think it will take home on Feb. 26?

Dave on Twitter: @davekarger

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Can 'The Help' make Oscar history?

In the 84-year history of the Academy Awards, there has been one African-American Best Actress winner (Halle Berry for Monster’s Ball) and four black Best Supporting Actress winners (Gone with the Wind‘s Hattie McDaniel, Ghost‘s Whoopi Goldberg, Dreamgirls‘ Jennifer Hudson, and Precious‘ Mo’Nique). But never have there been two African-American acting winners from the same film. That could very well change this month thanks to The Help. Both Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer picked up SAG Awards for their performances in the summer hit, and I’ve been predicting Oscar wins for the two of them since November. Without nominations in the directing, writing, or editing categories, it’s got basically no chance at Best Picture, but two big Oscar wins seem likely at this point. On today’s episode of my series Nominated with Dave Karger, I take a closer look at the highest-grossing film in this year’s Best Picture category.

Dave on Twitter: @davekarger

Today on 'Moneyball' and Best Directors

If you need an Academy Awards fix for your Friday, head to, where we’ve just premiered episode 3 of my 10-part series, Nominated with Dave Karger. Today’s installment focuses on Moneyball, which scored a total of six nominations this year. Its best shot at a win? Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian’s screenplay. Also on the site, I discuss this year’s Best Director nominees (and a few other topics) with film critic Ben Lyons on Shira Lazar’s Oscar Dailies show. If you ever wanted to know my favorite moment from my favorite movie, now is your chance.

And follow me on Twitter @davekarger.

George Clooney on his Oscar-nominated 'Descendants' role -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

One of the biggest question marks at this point in the awards season is Alexander Payne and George Clooney’s domestic drama The Descendants. It emerged from the Telluride and Toronto film festivals as the movie with the loudest buzz and scored rave reviews across the board upon its release in December. It has performed well with every major awards body, most notably winning the Best Drama and Best Actor prizes at the Golden Globes. Then it picked up five Oscar nominations, including Best Director and Best Editing, indicating strong overall support. But it hit a snag this past weekend, as The Artist‘s Jean Dujardin beat Clooney for the Best Actor SAG Award, while The Help took the Best Cast trophy.


Announcing new web series 'Nominated with Dave Karger,' featuring...guess who?

Anyone who reads Entertainment Weekly or knows that I am obsessed with the Academy Awards, to put it mildly. I can guarantee you that I was the only sixth grader who knew who Haing S. Ngor was when he won Best Supporting Actor for The Killing Fields in 1985, and I’ve followed the Oscars closely ever since. Last year I had the honor of following in the footsteps of Army Archerd and Robert Osborne as the Academy’s official red carpet greeter, a position I’m happy to be filling again this year. I’m also very excited to announce the debut of the new web series “Nominated with Dave Karger.” Filmed at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater inside the Academy headquarters here in Los Angeles, the 10-part daily series will take an in-depth look at each of the Best Picture nominees and give you some tips on how to win your Oscar pool. Click the links above to watch the first episode, which focuses on War Horse. It’s my goal to make you all as obsessed with the Oscars as I am.

Dave on Twitter: @davekarger

Oscar predictions: Can Jean Dujardin beat George Clooney?

Last night’s Screen Actors Guild Award results certainly made at least one Oscar category a lot more interesting. Jean Dujardin’s win changed Best Actor from a race between George Clooney and Brad Pitt to a fight between Clooney and Dujardin. And as we’ve seen over the years (The King’s Speech, Gladiator, American Beauty), the Academy often likes to pair up Best Picture and Best Actor. I’m not quite ready to predict Dujardin as the Oscar winner just yet, but after I talk to some more voters, I may change my mind in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, The Help‘s Best Cast win (one of three victories for the film last night) was a wonderful moment for that group of actors, but history is not on its side when it comes to its Oscar chances next month. The last time a film won Best Picture without writing or directing nominations was all the way back in 1932. In my mind, The Artist—which has won the Producers Guild and Directors Guild awards—is still the clear favorite. Even though there are several films that lost Best Picture after winning the PGA and DGA (among them Brokeback Mountain and Saving Private Ryan), I don’t sense another film with enough overall support to unseat it. So here are my current rankings in the top 8 categories.


'The Artist' sweeps Australian Academy's International Awards

For the first time, the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) has handed out international prizes, and Oscar frontrunner The Artist took home three of the five awards presented tonight at a ceremony in West Hollywood. The Artist won the AACTA International Awards for Best Picture, Best Director (Michel Hazanavicius), and Best Actor (Jean Dujardin). Meanwhile, Meryl Streep won the Best Actress prize for The Iron Lady, while The Ides of March and Margin Call tied for Best Screenplay. The Artist is also up for big prizes at the Directors Guild Awards and Screen Actors Guild Awards this weekend.

SAG Awards: Will it be 'The Artist' or 'The Help'? Meryl or Viola?


Just like the Directors Guild Awards, the Screen Actors Guild Awards are a reliable indicator of which way the Academy may be leaning. Last year, eventual Best Picture winner The King’s Speech won the Best Cast prize, while all four acting winners have repeated at the Oscars the last two years. This year’s SAG Awards will be handed out on Sunday (watch the telecast on TBS or TNT at 8/7 p.m. Central). I’d say three of the five film categories are done deals while the other two are up in the air.

Best Cast
The Artist
The Descendants
The Help
Midnight in Paris


Directors Guild Award: Who will win?

In each of the last eight years, the winner of the Directors Guild of America Award went on to win the Best Director trophy at the Oscars. And in nine of the last 10 years, the DGA-winning film ended up taking Best Picture. So all eyes will be on tomorrow night’s DGA Awards, where The Artist‘s Michel Hazanavicius, Hugo‘s Martin Scorsese, Midnight in Paris‘ Woody Allen, The Descendants‘ Alexander Payne, and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo‘s David Fincher will compete for the evening’s biggest prize.

After dominating this week’s Oscar nominations, clearly The Artist and Hugo are the two top contenders for the DGA as well. Though both films share an affection for a bygone age of cinema, their directors couldn’t be more different: Hazanavicius, 44, is a relative newcomer with only three goofy French-language films under his belt, while Scorsese, 69, is a nine-time DGA nominee (and two-time winner, for 2006’s The Departed and HBO’s Boardwalk Empire). Hazanavicius is helped by the fact that Scorsese took the feature prize only five years ago. Either man could win, but my hunch is that just as rookie Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) bested Fincher (The Social Network) last year, the less-experienced Hazanavicius will pull out the victory tomorrow.

Check back here tomorrow night for the results. And my colleague Adam B. Vary will have a complete on-the-scene report as well.

Dave on Twitter: @davekarger

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