Zimbio's 2013 Oscar Predictions - November 14, 2012

(Focus Features | The Weinstein Co.)Two potential Oscar darlings will debut this Friday: Anna Karenina and Silver Linings Playbook, both in limited release. Anna Karenina, a new reimagining of Leo Tolstoy's classic novel by Joe Wright (Atonement), takes place almost wholly on a stage. The actors turn the melodrama way up and the result is an overwrought display of breathless encounters. Although, Jude Law is very good. The film does look beautiful and will probably earn some consideration for Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction, but it has likely over-acted its way out of the running for the major categories.

Silver Linings has generated major buzz among critics for its two lead performances by Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. Lawrence, especially, seems poised to collect her second Oscar nod for Best Actress (Winter's Bone) as she and Cooper both play marginal personalities who fall in love. If there's one thing the Academy loves it's mentally unstable performances (see: Cuckoo's Nest, Silence of the Lambs, There Will Be Blood).

Best Picture  
1. Argo
6. Les Miserables
2. Lincoln
7. Zero Dark Thirty
3. The Master
8. The Impossible
4. Silver Linings Playbook
9. Beasts of the Southern Wild
5. Life of Pi 10. Looper

Best Actor

Best Actress
1. Daniel Day-Lewis: Lincoln 1. Jennifer Lawrence: Silver Linings Playbook
2. Joaquin Phoenix: The Master 2. Marion Cotillard: Rust and Bone
3. John Hawkes: The Sessions 3. Naomi Watts: The Impossible
4. Denzel Washington: Flight 4. Keira Knightley: Anna Karenina
5. Denis Lavant: Holy Motors 5. Quvenzhane Wallis: Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Supporting Actor

Best Supporting Actress
1. Phillip Seymour Hoffman: The Master 1. Helen Hunt: The Sessions
2. Tommy Lee Jones: Lincoln 2. Jessica Chastain: Zero Dark Thirty
3. Alan Arkin: Argo 3. Helen Mirren: Hitchcock
4. Mikkel Boe Folsgaard: A Royal Affair 4. Anne Hathaway: Les Miserables
5. Benicio Del Toro: Savages 5. Emily Blunt: Looper
Senior Editor at Zimbio. I'll take Johnny Clay, the Rev. Harry Powell, and Annie Savoy. You can have the rest.