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Arguing with Breznican's EW Oscar Predicts

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood November 5, 2012 at 3:53PM

In the wake of the departure of Dave Karger to Fandango, EW editor Jess Cagle passed the awards baton to staffer Anthony Breznican. So he jumped into Oscar Predictions in EW's Holiday Movie Preview issue. He changed up the format just a tad...
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PICTURE:
Frontrunners: Argo, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Les Miserables, Silver Linings Playbook
Contenders: Beasts of the Southern Wild, The Impossible, The Master, The Sessions, Zero Dark Thirty
Long Shots: Anna Karenina, Amour, Django Unchained, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Moonrise Kingdom
Consider This: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

ACTOR:
Frontrunners: Daniel Day-Lewis, John Hawkes, Joaquin Phoenix
Contenders: Ben Affleck, Bradley Cooper, Anthony Hopkins, Hugh Jackman, Denzel Washington
Long Shots: Jack Black, Jamie Foxx, Richard Gere, Jake Gyllenhaal (End of Watch), Jean-Louis Trintignant (Amour)
Consider This: Tom Holland (The Impossible)

ACTRESS:
Front-Runners: Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Naomi Watts
Contenders: Marion Cotillard, Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren, Quvenzhane Wallis, Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Long Shots: Emayatzy Corinealdi (Middle of Nowhere), Emmanuelle Riva (Amour), Maggie Smith (Quartet), Barbra Streisand (GUilt Trip), Rachel Weisz (The Deep Blue Sea)
Consider This: Melanie Lynskey (Hello I Must Be Going)

DIRECTOR:
Front-Runners: Ben Affleck, Ang Lee, Steven Spielberg
Contenders: Paul Thomas Anderson, Kathryn Bigelow, Tom Hooper, David O. Russell, Benh Zeitlin
Long Shots: Wes Anderson, J.A. Bayona (The Impossible), Ava DuVernay (Middle of Nowhere), Ben Lewin (The Sessions), Quentin Tarantino
Consider This: Josh Trank (Chronicle)

SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Front-Runners: Alan Arkin, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Tommy Lee Jones
Contenders: Robert De Niro, John Goodman (Argo), Leonardo Dicaprio, Ewan McGregor, Christoph Waltz
Long Shots: Russell Crowe (Les Mis), Dwight Henry (Beasts of the Southern Wild, Irrfan Khan (Life of Pi), Matthew McConaughey (Magic Mike), Ezra Miller (Perks of Being..)
Consider This: James Gandolfini  (Not Fade Away)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Front-Runners: Sally Field, Anne Hathaway, Helen Hunt
Contenders: Amy Adams, Samantha Barks, Amanda Seyfried, Maggie Smith, Jacki Weaver
Long Shots: Blythe Danner (Hello I Must Be Going), Rosemarie Dewitt (Your Sister's Sister), Ann Dowd (Compliance), Scarlett Johansson (HItchcock), Emma Watson (Perks...)
Consider This: Gloria Reuben (Lincoln)

This article is related to: Academy Awards, Awards, Media, Zero Dark Thirty, Les Miserables, Silver Linings Playbook, Lincoln, Life of Pi, The Impossible


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.