WGN Entertainment Critic Dean Richards’s Oscar picks

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WGN Entertainment Critic Dean Richards has made his Oscar predictions — have you?

The 85th annual Academy Awards airs Sunday, February 24 at 6 p.m. Central Time.

Best PictureOscar Nominee Recap, Dean’s pick for Best Picture

  • “Amour”
  • “Argo” – Dean’s Pick
  • “Beasts Of The Southern Wild”
  • Django Unchained”
  • “Les Misérables”
  • “Life Of Pi”
  • “Lincoln”
  • “Silver Linings Playbook”
  • “Zero Dark Thirty”

Actor In A Leading Role  

  • Bradley Cooper, “Silver Linings Playbook”
  • Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln” – Dean’s Pick
  • Hugh Jackman, “Les Misérables”
  • Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master”
  • Denzel Washington, “Flight”

Actress In A Leading Role  

  • Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty” – Dean’s Pick
  • Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”
  • Emmanuelle Riva, “Amour”
  • Quvenzhané Wallis, “Beasts Of The Southern Wild”
  • Naomi Watts, “The Impossible”

Actor In A Supporting Role  

  • Alan Arkin, “Argo”
  • Robert De Niro, “Silver Linings Playbook”
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”
  • Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln” – Dean’s Pick
  • Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained”

Actress In A Supporting Role  

  • Amy Adams, “The Master
  • Sally Field, “Lincoln”
  • Anne Hathaway, “Les Misérables” – Dean’s Pick
  • Helen Hunt, “The Sessions”
  • Jacki Weaver, “Silver Linings Playbook”

Animated Feature Film  

  • “Brave” – Dean’s Pick
  • “Frankenweenie”
  • “ParaNorman”
  • “The Pirates! Band Of Misfits”
  • “Wreck-It Ralph”


  • Seamus McGarvey, “Anna Karenina”
  • Robert Richardson, “Django Unchained”
  • Claudio Miranda, “Life Of Pi” – Dean’s Pick
  • Janusz Kaminski, “Lincoln”
  • Roger Deakins, “Skyfall”

Costume Design  

  • Jacqueline Durran, “Anna Karenina” – Dean’s Pick
  • Paco Delgado, “Les Misérables”
  • Joanna Johnston, “Lincoln”
  • Eiko Ishioka, “Mirror Mirror”
  • Colleen Atwood, “Snow White And The Huntsman”


  • Michael Haneke, “Amour”
  • Benh Zeitlin, “Beasts Of The Southern Wild”
  • Ang Lee, “Life Of Pi”
  • Steven Spielberg, “Lincoln” – Dean’s Pick
  • David O. Russell, “Silver Linings Playbook”

Documentary (Feature)  

  • “5 Broken Cameras”
  • “The Gatekeepers”
  • “How To Survive A Plague”
  • “The Invisible War”
  • “Searching For Sugar Man” – Dean’s Pick

Documentary (Short Subject)

  • “Inocente”
  • “Kings Point”
  • “Mondays At Racine”
  • “Open Heart” – Dean’s Pick
  • “Redemption”

Film Editing

  • William Goldenberg, “Argo” – Dean’s Pick
  • Tim Squyres, “Life Of Pi”
  • Michael Kahn, “Lincoln”
  • Jay Cassidy And Crispin Struthers, “Silver Linings Playbook”
  • Dylan Tichenor And William Goldenberg, “Zero Dark Thirty”

Foreign Language Film  

  • “Amour” (Austria) – Dean’s Pick
  • “Kon-tiki” (Norway)
  • “No” (Chile)
  • “A Royal Affair” (Denmark)
  • “War Witch” (Canada)


  • Howard Berger, Peter Montagna and Martin Samuel, “Hitchcock”
  • The Hobbit
  • Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell, “Les Misérables” – Dean’s Pick

Music (Original Score)  

  • Dario Marianelli, “Anna Karenina”
  • Alexandre Desplat, “Argo”
  • Mychael Danna, “Life Of Pi”
  • John Williams, “Lincoln” – Dean’s pick
  • Thomas Newman, “Skyfall”

Music (Original Song)  

  • “Before My Time” From “Chasing Ice” (Music and Lyrics: J. Ralph)
  • “Everybody Needs A Best Friend” From “Ted” (Music: Walter Murphy; Lyrics: Seth Macfarlane)
  • “Pi’s Lullaby” From “Life Of Pi” (Music: Mychael Danna; Lyrics: Bombay Jayashri)
  • “Skyfall” From “Skyfall” (Music and Lyrics: Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth) – Dean’s Pick
  • “Suddenly” From “Les Misérables” (Music: Claude-Michel Schönberg; Lyrics: Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil)

Production Design  

  • Sarah Greenwood (Production Design); Katie Spencer (Set Decoration) – “Anna Karenina”
  • Dan Hennah (Production Design); Ra Vincent and Simon Bright (Set Decoration) – “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
  • Eve Stewart (Production Design); Anna Lynch-Robinson (Set Decoration) – “Les Misérables” – Dean’s Pick
  • David Gropman (Production Design); Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration) – “Life Of Pi”
  • Rick Carter (Production Design); Jim Erickson (Set Decoration) – “Lincoln”

Short Film (Animated)  

  • “Adam And Dog”
  • “Fresh Guacamole”
  • “Head Over Heels”
  • “Maggie Simpson In ‘The Longest Daycare'” – Dean’s Pick
  • “Paperman”

Short Film (Live Action)  

  • “Asad” – Dean’s Pick
  • “Buzkashi Boys”
  • “Curfew”
  • “Death Of A Shadow” (“Dood Van Een Schaduw”)
  • “Henry”

Sound Editing  

  • Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van Der Ryn, “Argo”
  • Wylie Stateman, “Django Unchained”
  • Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton, “Life Of Pi”
  • Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers, “Skyfall”
  • Paul N.J. Ottosson, “Zero Dark Thirty” – Dean’s PIck

Sound Mixing  

  • John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Jose Antonio Garcia, “Argo”
  • Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes, “Les Misérables”
  • Ron Bartlett, D.M. Hemphill and Drew Kunin, “Life Of Pi”
  • Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Ronald Judkins, “Lincoln”
  • Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell and Stuart Wilson, “Skyfall” – Dean’s Pick

Visual Effects  

  • Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and R. Christopher White, “Life Of Pi” – Dean’s Pick
  • Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
  • Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams and Dan Sudick, “Marvel’s The Avengers”
  • Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley and Martin Hill, “Prometheus”
  • Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan, Neil Corbould and Michael Dawson, “Snow White And The Huntsman”

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)  

  • Chris Terrio, “Argo”
  • Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin, “Beasts Of The Southern Wild”
  • David Magee, “Life Of Pi”
  • Tony Kushner, “Lincoln”
  • David O. Russell, “Silver Linings Playbook” – Dean’s Pick

Writing (Original Screenplay)  

  • Michael Haneke, “Amour”
  • Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained” – Dean’s Pick
  • John Gatins, “Flight”
  • Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola, “Moonrise Kingdom”
  • Mark Boal, “Zero Dark Thirty”

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