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February 22, 2013

Oscar predictions from a local film buff

(Editor’s note: Record-Eagle copy editor and film fan Kate Milewski offers her predictions for who will take home golden statues during this Sunday night’s Academy Awards ceremonies.)

TRAVERSE CITY — For movie buffs, Sunday’s Academy Awards is the Super Bowl after weeks of playoffs where the uniforms are tuxes and couture gowns and the brackets were started months ago when buzz began at early festivals.

The question is, which film will take the top prize this Sunday?

Best picture

In recent years, the Academy has liked to keep even their most ardent fans guessing when it comes to best picture nominees. A few years back, they decided to up the ante by increasing the field of five best picture nominees to 10.

For a while, it was still easy to guess who the true contenders were. Only the films where the director was nominated, too, had any real shot at a win. Everyone else was there for a metaphorical pat on the back. This year changes that.

“Argo” was the word on everyone’s lips when it first came out as an Oscar favorite moths ago. Then, when nominees were announced, it was snubbed when it came to best director and best actor. But after watching this fabulous film about the CIA’s stunt to pull hostages out of Iran using a phony movie (spoiler alert, it works) clean up at major awards shows leading up to Oscar night, it’s starting to seem like the snub was more of a flub.

A combination of brilliant filmmaking, a talented ensemble cast and a director who can still make you be on the edge of your seat even though you know how it ends makes for a darn good piece of cinema and a shoo-in for the win.

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