FEINBERG FORECAST: Scott’s Final Picks for Tuesday’s 84th Academy Award Nominations
On Tuesday morning, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will put an end to months of speculation — including plenty by me, as reflected in charts posted on this blog every weekend since September — by announcing its nominees for the 84th Academy Awards. That means that it is now time, for better or worse, for me to man up and lock in my final predictions of what/who those nominees will be.
I urge you to keep in mind that what follows is not necessarily what I feel should happen — that can be better gleaned from reading my year-end top 10 list — but rather what I think will happen, based on months of screenings (I’ve seen all of the likely nominees, many multiple times), observations (of critics, guilds, and other awards-bestowers), and conversations (with pundits and voters).
I have historically done quite well when it comes to forecasting Oscar nominations — for instance, I projected best picture noms for The Reader (2008) and for The Blind Side(2009) when virtually no one else did — but you have to prove yourself anew each year, and I hope to do just that.
Regardless of how things pan out, thank you for taking the time to read and consider what I have to say, and please consider sharing your own forecasts in the comments section of this post!