The Slate Culture Staff’s Oscar Ballots

Reviews of the latest films.
Feb. 22 2013 10:55 AM

The Slate Culture Staff Oscar Pool

Who will win? See our picks for every award—and read Slatesters’ explanations for the most foolhardy ones.

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BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
5 Broken Cameras
The Gatekeepers
How To Survive a Plague
JS DP ER AB BL DK JSw
The Invisible War
KW
Searching for Sugar Man
LA DW AH BB FW JB DH CW

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
Inocente FW JB JSw CW
Kings Point
JS
Mondays at Racine
AH KW DP ER AB BL DK
Open Heart
LA DW DH
Redemption
BB

Why L.V. Anderson picked Open Heart: “I decided to crib all my predictions from economist David Rothschild, who uses ‘prediction markets, fundamental data, and, eventually, user generated data’ to determine the likely winner in each category. Works for me!”

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BEST FILM EDITING
Argo LA DW AH BB FW JB DH ER CW
Life of Pi
Lincoln
KW
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty
JS DP AB BL DK JSw

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Amour LA SW AH KW AB FW JB DH JS DP ER AB BL DK JSw CW
Kon-Tiki
No
A Royal Affair
War Witch

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
Hitchcock
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
LA BB DH ER AB BL
Les Misérables
DW AH KW FW JB JS DP DK JSw CW

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Anna Karenina, Dario Marianelli
Argo
, Alexandre Desplat DK
Life of Pi
, Mychael Danna LA DW AH FW JB AB CW
Lincoln
, John Williams KW BB DH JS DP ER
Skyfall
, Thomas Newman BL JSw

Why Bryan Lowder picked Skyfall: “Let me answer that with my own essay.”

Why Dan Kois picked Argo: “Let me answer that with someone else’s essay.”

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
“Before My Time” from Chasing Ice
“Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from Ted
“Pi’s Lullaby” from Life of Pi
“Skyfall” from Skyfall LA SW AH KW AB FW JB DH JS DP ER AB BL DK CW
“Suddenly” from Les Misérables JSw

Why John Swansburg picked “Suddenly”: “Fighting off a cold/little high on cappuccino/feeling lucky.”

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Anna Karenina KW BB FW JB JS DK JSw
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
ER
Les Misérables
LA DW AH DH AB
Life of Pi
BL
Lincoln
DP CW

BEST ANIMATED SHORT
Adam and Dog KW
Fresh Guacamole
BB DP
Head Over Heels
DK
Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”
JSw
Paperman
LA DW AH FW JB DH JS ER AB BL CW

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT
Asad AB DK JSw
Buzkashi Boys
JB JS
Curfew
LA DW AH FW DH DP ER BL
Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)
KW CW
Henry
BB

BEST SOUND EDITING
Argo KW DK
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
AH JB BL
Skyfall
FW CW
Zero Dark Thirty
LA DW BB DH JS DP ER AB JSw

Why Dan Kois picked Argo: “I think that Lincoln is just going to squeak by Argo for Best Picture, but industry support for Argo is too strong for it not to win a couple of categories. I’m picking it here because there’s no obvious other winner, unlike in Sound Mixing, where Les Mis has it locked up.”

BEST SOUND MIXING
Argo KW JSw
Les Misérables
LA DW AH FW JB DH JS AB DK CW
Life of Pi
ER BL
Lincoln
DP
Skyfall
BB

Why Byron Boneparth picked Skyfall: “It seems like this award often goes to big-budget action films with lots of explosions and gunshots and whatnot. I almost picked Argo, but my gut told me to go with Skyfall.”

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey ER
Life of Pi
LA AH BB FW JB DH JS DP DK JSw CW
Marvel’s The Avengers
DW
Prometheus
AB BL
Snow White and the Huntsman
KW

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Argo, Chris Terrio LA DW FW JB DK
Beasts of the Southern Wild
, Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin
Life of Pi
, David Magee BL
Lincoln
, Tony Kushner AH DH JS DP ER JSw CW
Silver Linings Playbook
, David O. Russell KW BB AB

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Amour, Michael Haneke JB DK JSw
Django Unchained
, Quentin Tarantino LA DW AH DH AB BL CW
Flight
, John Gatins
Moonrise Kingdom
, Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola KW BB ER
Zero Dark Thirty
, Mark Boal FW JS DP

Why Jeffrey Bloomer picked Amour: “I think the Academy’s many olds are going to reward Amour here. Can’t win your Oscar pool unless you take risks."

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