10 Best Picture Oscar Predictions 2013

by Phil Jones | created - 03 Nov 2012 | updated - 03 Nov 2012 | Public

My Predictions for the 2013 Oscars. Obviously some of these movies have yet to be viewed by anybody, and I have not seen Flight, but still think they have a chance of being nominated. If you have a different set of films, list them in the comments. Note: I did not include the Avengers because I honestly don't think it is the material that the Oscars look for. Yes, I liked it (I'm not obsessed with it like some) but it was more fun than exactly emotional or thought provoking for me. I also did not include the Master...I do think it has a chance but couldn't think of what to take out so it would fit within the 10. We will have to see how some of these unreleased movies do to help narrow it down.

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1. Argo (2012)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

86 Metascore

Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1979.

Director: Ben Affleck | Stars: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Alan Arkin

Votes: 508,042 | Gross: $136.03M

Absolutely loved this movie. Seems to be a crowd and critic pleaser, and is getting serious Oscar buzz. I really think this could be the winner.

2. Lincoln (2012)

PG-13 | 150 min | Biography, Drama, History

86 Metascore

As the War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Votes: 218,312 | Gross: $182.21M

Of course I haven't seen this yet since it hasn't been released. But if this is a good/classic Spielberg, then it will be a high contender. It pretty much seems a given that Day-Lewis is going to be nominated and will likely win for playing Lincoln.

3. Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

R | 157 min | Drama, Thriller

95 Metascore

A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L.s Team 6 in May 2011.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt, Mark Strong

Votes: 238,119 | Gross: $95.72M

Another one that hasn't been released yet, but if this is anywhere near as good as 'The Hurt Locker' then it will be a high contender also.

4. Les Misérables (2012)

PG-13 | 158 min | Drama, History, Musical

63 Metascore

In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker's daughter. The decision changes their lives forever.

Director: Tom Hooper | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried

Votes: 270,897 | Gross: $148.81M

5. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

PG-13 | 169 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

58 Metascore

A reluctant Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of dwarves to reclaim their mountain home, and the gold within it from the dragon Smaug.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis

Votes: 693,967 | Gross: $303.00M

Many critics aren't putting this on there lists and I don't see why. Has everyone forgotten the power of the LOTR trilogy. Granted, I don't think this first entry will be anything like The Return of the King, but don't forget the power of Peter Jackson. I am still expecting a grand epic with this one.

6. Life of Pi (2012)

PG | 127 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

79 Metascore

A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain, Tabu

Votes: 500,776 | Gross: $124.99M

This one is going to be either a hit or a miss, I am hoping it is really good. I think of this one being another "Hugo". Great special effects and use of 3D, but not really getting anywhere (I LOVED Hugo, so don't get me wrong).

7. Flight (I) (2012)

R | 138 min | Drama, Thriller

76 Metascore

An airline pilot saves almost all his passengers on his malfunctioning airliner which eventually crashed, but an investigation into the accident reveals something troubling.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Denzel Washington, Nadine Velazquez, Don Cheadle, John Goodman

Votes: 287,898 | Gross: $93.77M

Haven't seen this one, and I don't really plan on it. But it seems to be getting huge buzz for the movie and for Denzel Washington.

8. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

PG-13 | 93 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

86 Metascore

Faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love.

Director: Benh Zeitlin | Stars: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Levy Easterly, Lowell Landes

Votes: 75,299 | Gross: $12.80M

Loved this movie and I think is one of the strongest independent contenders. I didn't see Moonrise Kingdom (I don't want to see a movie about two kids falling in love and adults thinking it is cute, sorry) and I think this one appealed to more people emotionally from what I have read.

9. Django Unchained (2012)

R | 165 min | Drama, Western

81 Metascore

With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington

Votes: 1,121,635 | Gross: $162.81M

This one could be a hit or a miss, but Inglorious B*****ds got nominated, and excitement is building for it.

10. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

PG-13 | 164 min | Action, Thriller

78 Metascore

Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, Batman, with the help of the enigmatic Catwoman, is forced from his exile to save Gotham City, now on the edge of total annihilation, from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman

Votes: 1,300,589 | Gross: $448.14M

May be a stretch, but I still absolutely loved this movie. I am one of the few who isn't obsessed with The Dark Knight (I liked it a lot, but I wasn't offended when it wasn't nominated for best picture). I went into TDKR with low expectations based on some reviews, but it has become my favorite of the series. I don't think it really has any chance of winning, but if some movies disappoint, this one may sneak in for best picture nom. I put this on the list instead of "Silver Linings Playbook" because I haven't seen SLP and sometimes romantic comedies/drama is a hard genre to sell to the Oscars. Plus I just loved this movie :)