Can you predict this year's Oscar winners?
Win a year’s free cinema going by choosing Leicestershire’s Oscar winners. Nigel Powlson guides you through the favourites for the Academy Awards.
THE race is on to bag this year’s Oscars with Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln (12 nominations) and Ang Lee’s Life of Pi (11 nominations) leading the way.
But not content with letting Hollywood decide who should win, Culture, city independent cinema Phoenix and www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk have got together to see what you think.
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The annual Oscars ceremony takes place on February 24 and, before then, we want you to tell us who you think should take the honours in the big four Oscar categories.
We also have a Phoenix Golden Ticket to give away. To be in with a chance of winning a year’s free cinema-going, tell us which film you think will walk away with Best Picture on the night.
Phoenix is screening all the major contenders in the run up to the awards night and film programmer Jake Harvey is enjoying the Oscar buzz.
He says: “It’s quite difficult at a two-screen cinema to get all the big films in at this time of year, there are so many awards around – but we will do it.”
Predicting the winners might prove even more difficult, especially as Jake thinks this year’s vote will be more open than ever, with a spread of victors.
He says: “Lincoln and Life of Pi are certainly going to figure strongly – maybe Ang Lee for Best Director and Lincoln for Best Picture.
“The Best Actress award is the most interesting as we could see the youngest ever winner (Quvenzhane Wallis aged nine) or the oldest (Emmanuelle Riva, aged 85).
“But I think the award will go to Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty.
“In the Best Actor category my heart says Joaquin Phoenix delivered one of the great performances but I would go for Daniel Day-Lewis, because he’s playing one of the most beloved American historical figures.
“Amour is the biggest outsider, for a foreign language film to figure so strongly is a surprise. It’s not even a crowd-friendly film, certainly not an easy watch like The Artist last year. Amour destroys people, at Phoenix people were coming out of screenings devastated. But it got a Best Picture nomination, whereas The Impossible and Skyfall didn’t. I also thought The Master would make it in as it did well in all the newspaper and magazine best of 2012 lists.
“The other surprise for me was that Hurt Locker director Kathyrn Bigelow wasn’t nominated for Zero Dark Thirty – making it an all-male list again.”
To vote, go to www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk/oscarvote by February 23.
The Oscar nominations are:Picture: Amour, Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty.
Director: Michael Haneke (Amour); Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Ang Lee (Life of Pi); Steven Spielberg (Lincoln); David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook).
Actor: Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook); Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln); Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables); Joaquin Phoenix (The Master); Denzel Washington (Flight).
Actress: Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty); Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook); Emmanuelle Riva (Amour); Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild); Naomi Watts (The Impossible).