Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Denzel Washington, Flight
Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master And the winner is: Daniel Day-Lewis. After being underwhelmed by the film at the New York Film Festival premiere, I bet a friend $10 that Day-Lewis wouldn't win Best Actor. It's among the dumbest bets I've ever made. He's walking away with this, and even his competition can probably admit he deserves it.
Naomi Watts, The Impossible
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild And the winner is: Jennifer Lawrence. Since Zero Dark Thirty's mysterious tumble in Oscar buzz, Lawrence has been front and center in this category, and though some are predicting a shocker from Amour's Emmanuelle Riva (she did win the BAFTA, after all), Lawrence just has too much lining up for her to lose this one.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook
Alan Arkin, Argo
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln And the winner is: Robert De Niro. As soon as the lineup was announced, with every single one of them a previous winner, it was clear this would be a tough category to predict. And though I've stuck with Tommy Lee Jones all season, for some reason it feels now like Robert DeNiro-- who has been campaigning hard-- can take this, making it his third Oscar. It's a tight race for sure, and Christoph Waltz is also very much in the mix. But my gut feeling goes to De Niro as I write this. That might change tomorrow.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Amy Adams, The Master And the winner is: Anne Hathaway. When you saw your performance for yourself, you knew it as well as everyone else-- Hathaway drops the mic in "I Dreamed A Dream" and double-dares anybody else to pick it up. Nobody did. She sang and cried and snotted her way to this well-deserved statue.