Welcome to part three of my official Oscar predictions, the big one that this 2013 series of Annual Awards Nerdism has come down to. Tonight, I'll be looking at the Screenplay and Directing awards, complete with poetry. Enjoy!
PAST PREDICTIONS: Sound and Design, 'Bests' and Visuals
Best Achievement in Directing
Michael Haneke - Amour / Ang Lee - Life of Pi / David O. Russell - Silver Linings Playbook / Steven Spielberg - Lincoln / Benh Zeitlin - Beasts of the Southern Wild
All of the awards have gone to Ben Affleck,
None of the other directors have had an effect,
So this is just a case of wait and see,
A safer bet would probably go with Ang Lee,
Benh Zeitlin had a good debut with Beasts,
But he doesn't have a chance in the least,
David O. Russell won't turn silver to gold,
Since his spot in the race left some out in the cold,
Steven Spielberg's done this all before,
So I have a feeling the Academy will love Amour,
To some this may seem like the longest shot,
But I think Michael Haneke is the best we have got.
Yeah...I'm predicting Michael Haneke to take this out. I could go down the more traditional path and go for Ang Lee (which is likely to happen), or even David O. Russell who could get caught up in the Silver Linings Playbook tidal wave, but I have been envisioning this Amour takeover since day one and I'm not about to take my chips down. This is pretty much the most exciting category we have, though.
Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
Michael Haneke - Amour / Quentin Tarantino - Django Unchained / John Gatins - Flight / Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola - Moonrise Kingdom / Mark Boal - Zero Dark Thirty
Will this category have more love for Amour?
They probably won't be loving Flight, that's for sure,
As they were looking for the best original script,
They seemed to love Moonrise Kingdom's indie hit,
Tarantino is back with his drama about slaves,
Throughout the season the awards have come in waves,
If there's one script that has all the control,
It is Zero Dark Thirty's written by Mark Boal,
It will be tough for that to take the prize,
So Django will be the winner in my eyes.
I think Django Unchained pretty much has this in the bag (pun fully not intended). I would like to see Zero Dark Thirty take it out for the meticulous attention to detail. I have a feeling that Moonrise Kingdom could be a spoiler.
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
Chris Terrio - Argo / Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin - Beasts of the Southern Wild / David Magee - Life of Pi / Tony Kushner - Lincoln / David O. Russell - Silver Linings Playbook
If we were going by the Best Picture rule,
Argo will be the biggest fish in the pool,
Lincoln took on the story of Honest Abe,
And he's also emerging as a category fave,
Silver Linings Playbook could possibly spoil,
Especially since the Academy treated it like a royal,
So this is a three way tie,
Since they won't go for Life of Pi,
Nor for the magic of Beasts of the Southern Wild,
Since the best part about that is probably the child.
I'm fairly sure that if Argo goes for Best Picture, then it will probably have to win this category too, since it is M.I.A everywhere else (such a strange predicament we have here). However, If I were to leave this for chance I would say that this is very much a race between Lincoln and Silver Linings Playbook - and I hope that the latter will be given the edge. A seriously good screenplay right there.
What do you think? Who do you think will take out these awards? Tomorrow I'll be back with the acting awards and of course, Best Picture. See you then!