My Big Bold Critics Choice Movie Award Winner Predictions

The first big awards show of the year is here. No, I’m not talking about the People’s Choice Awards. Seriously, those are pretty ridiculous… I’m speaking of the 17th Annual Critics Choice Awards. The kudosfest honors the best in film as voted on by the Broadcast Film Critics Association and is a great forecaster of the Oscars. It doesn’t have the flash of the Golden Globes (which air Sunday), but it does help us figure out just who is in front for the big Academy Award. So, who will win? I, as usual, have done my predictions and I have them for you below. Remember, these are critics, so sometimes their tastes are a little different from the Guild groups (i.e.: SAG, DGA). Watch the show Thursday night on VH1 at 8pm hosted by comedians Paul Shceer and Rob Huebel and see if I am right.

Best Picture:
The Artist
The Descendants
Drive
Extremely Loud & incredibly Close
The Help
Hugo
Midnight in Paris
Moneyball
The Tree of Life
War Horse
Will win: The Artist
Should win: The Help
spoiler: The Descendants

Best Actor:
George Clooney (The Descendants), Leonardo DiCaprio (J. Edgar), Jean Dujardin (The Artist), Michael Fassbender (Shame), Ryan Gosling (Drive), Brad Pitt (Moneyball)
Will win: George Clooney
Should win: Jean Dujardin
Spoiler: Brad Pitt

Best Actress:
Viola Davis (The Help), Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene), Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady), Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk about Kevin), Charlize Theron (Young Adult), Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn)
Will & Should win: Meryl Streep
spoiler: Michelle Williams

Best Supporting Actor:
Kenneth Branagh (My Week with Marilyn), Albert Brooks (Drive), Nick Nolte (Warrior), Patton Oswalt (Young Adult), Christopher Plummer (Beginners), Andy Serkis (Rise of the Planet of the Apes)
Will & Should win: Christopher Plummer
spoiler: Albert Brooks

Best Supporting Actress:
Bernice Bejo (The Artist), Jessica Chastain (The Help), Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids), Carey Mulligan (Shame), Octavia Spencer (The Help), Shailene Woodley (The Descendants)
Will & Should win: Octavia Spencer
spoiler: Jessica Chastain

Best Younger Actor/Actress:
Asa Butterfield (Hugo), Elle Fanning (Super 8), Thomas Horn (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close), Ezra Miller (We Need to Talk About Kevin), Saorsie Ronan (Hanna), Shailene Woodley (The Descendants)
Will win: Shailene Woodley
Should win: Thomas Horn
spoiler: Elle Fanning

Best Ensemble:
The Artist, Bridesmaids, The Descendants, The Help, The Ides of March
Will & Should win: The Help
spoiler: The Artist

Best Director:
Stephen Daldry (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close), Michael Hazanavicius (The Artist), Alexander Payne (The Descendants), Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive), Martin Scorsese (Hugo), Steven Speilberg (War Horse)
Will win: Alexander Payne
Should win: Michael Hazanavicius
spoiler: Martin Scorsese

Best Adapted Screenplay:
The Descendants, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, The Help, Hugo, Moneyball
Will win: The Descendants
Should win: Moneyball
spoiler: Moneyball

Best Original Screenplay:
50/50, The Artist, Midnight in Paris, Win Win, Young Adult
Will win: Midnight in Paris
Should win: 50/50
spoiler: The Artist

Best Cinematography:
The Artist, Drive, Hugo, The Tree of Life, War Horse
Will win: The Tree of Life
Should win: The Artist
spoiler: War Horse

Best Art Direction:
The Artist, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2, Hugo, The Tree of Life, War Horse
Will & Should win: Hugo
spoiler: The Artist

Best Editing:
The Artist, Drive, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Hugo, War Horse
Will win: The Artist
Should win: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
spoiler: Hugo

Best Costume Design:
The Artist, The Help, Hugo, Jane Eyre, My Week with Marilyn
Will win: The Artist
Should win: The Help
spoiler: My Week with Marilyn

Makeup:
Albert Nobbs, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2, The Iron Lady, J. Edgar, My Week with Marilyn
Will & Should win: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2
spoiler: The Iron Lady

Visual Effects:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2, Hugo, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Super 8, The Tree of Life
Will win: Hugo
Should win: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2
spoiler: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Sound:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2, Hugo, Super 8, The Tree of Life, War Horse
Will & Should win: War Horse
spoiler: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2

Animated Feature:
The Adventures of Tin Tin, Arthur Christmas, Kung Fu Panda 2, Puss in Boots, Rango
Will & Should win: Rango
spoiler: The Adventures of Tin Tin

Action Film:
Drive, Fast Five, Hanna, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Super 8
Will & Should win: Drive
spoiler: Super 8

Comedy Film:
Bridesmaids, Crazy Stupid Love, Horrible Bosses, Midnight in Paris, The Muppets
Will win: Midnight in Paris
Should win: Bridesmaids
spoiler: Bridesmaids

Foreign Language Film:
In Darkness, Le Havre, A Separation, The Skin I Live In, Where Do We Go Now
Will & Should win: A Separation

Best Song:
“Hello Hello” (Gnomeo & Juliet), “Life’s a Happy Song” (The Muppets), “The Living Proof” (The Help), “Man or a Muppet” (The Muppets), “Pictures in my Head” (The Muppets)
Will win: “Life’s a Happy Song”
Should win: “The Living Proof”
spoiler: “Hello Hello”

Best Score:
The Artist, Drive, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Hugo, War Horse
Will win: The Aritst
Should win: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Spoiler: War Horse

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