Webster University Faculty Experts Pick the Oscar Winners

| February 22, 2013
Jorge Oliver: Webster in the Dominican Republic

Oliver (center), shared his picks after returning from teaching a recent master film class in the Dominican Republic

The annual Academy Awards attract debate among film fans and punditry alike. With the 2013 edition set for Sunday, Feb. 24, we turned to Webster University School of Communications and Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts faculty to give us their picks on who should win, and who will walk away with an “Oscar” — which isn’t always the same.

Our panel of experts:

  • Jorge Oliver, Associate Professor; Department Chair, Film Production; Professor of Acting for Film & Video
  • Joe Schuster, Professor; Department Chair, Scriptwriting
  • Chris Sagovac, Assistant Professor; Program Facilitator, Animation
  • Doug Finlayson, Professor, Conservatory of Theatre Arts; Head, Directing program
  • Dottie Marshall Englis, Professor, Chair of the Conservatory of Theatre Arts, Costume & Scenic Designer
BEST PICTURE NOMINEES

Amour
Argo
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Django Unchained
Les Misérables
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

Jorge Oliver: “The competition for best picture is tough. I think it will be between Lincoln and Argo.  I would vote for Argo, which was left out of the director’s category.  It would be an interesting surprise.”

BEST DIRECTOR

Michael Haneke, ‘Amour’
Benh Zeitlin, ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’
Ang Lee, ‘Life of Pi’
Steven Spielberg, ‘Lincoln’
David O. Russell, ‘Silver Linings Playbook

Doug Finlayson’s pick: Spielberg

BEST ACTOR

Bradley Cooper, ‘Silver Linings Playbook’
Daniel Day-Lewis, ‘Lincoln’
Hugh Jackman, ‘Les Misérables’
Joaquin Phoenix, ‘The Master’
Denzel Washington, ‘Flight’

Jorge Oliver’s pick: Day-Lewis

BEST ACTRESS

Jessica Chastain, ‘Zero Dark Thirty’
Jennifer Lawrence, ‘Silver Linings Playbook’
Emmanuelle Riva, ‘Amour’
Quvenzhané Wallis, ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’
Naomi Watts, ‘The Impossible’

Jorge Oliver’s pick: Lawrence

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Alan Arkin, ‘Argo’
Robert De Niro, ‘Silver Linings Playbook’
Phillip Seymour Hoffman, ‘The Master’
Tommy Lee Jones, ‘Lincoln’
Christoph Waltz, ‘Django Unchained’

Jorge Oliver’s pick: Jones

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Amy Adams, ‘The Master’
Sally Field, ‘Lincoln’
Anne Hathaway, ‘Les Misérables’
Helen Hunt, ‘The Sessions’
Jacki Weaver, ‘Silver Linings Playbook’

Jorge Oliver’s pick: Hathaway

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Brave
Frankenweenie
ParaNorman
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Wreck-It Ralph

Chris Sagovac: “Brave is strong, but I’m picking Frankenweenie as the winner. However, among the animation students I hear a lot of excitement about Wreck-It Ralph.”

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Amour
Django Unchained
Flight
Moonrise Kingdom
Zero Dark Thirty’

Joe Schuster’s pick: Django Unchained

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Argo
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Silver Linings Playbook

Joe Schuster’s pick: “In adapted screenplay, I’m rooting for Beasts of the Southern Wild, which stunned me, but I’m going with Silver Linings Playbook as my pick for what will win the Oscar.”

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Anna Karenina
Les Misérables
Lincoln
Mirror Mirror
Snow White and the Huntsman’

Dottie Marshall Englis’ pick: Anna Karenina

BEST DOCUMENTARY

5 Broken Cameras
The Gatekeepers
How to Survive a Plague
The Invisible War
Searching for Sugar Man’

Jorge Oliver’s pick: “My favorite in documentary is How to Survive a Plague (the history of how Act Up and AIDS changed our health system). I would be very happy if it got it because it would encourage people to see a very important film. But I think it will go to a well crafted documentary called Searching for Sugar Man. Giving the Oscar to Searching for Sugar Man will probably restart the career of Rodriguez, and the documentary is excellent.”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Anna Karenina
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Skyfall

Jorge Oliver’s pick: Life of Pi

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Life of Pi’
Marvel’s The Avengers’
Prometheus’
Snow White and the Huntsman

Chris Sagovac’s pick: “I’m picking Prometheus as the likely winner.  However, I will be rooting for Marvel’s The Avengers since one of our animation alums worked on it.”

BEST SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)

Adam and Dog
Fresh Guacamole
Head over Heels
Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”
Paperman

Chris Sagovac’s pick: Fresh Guacamole

Thanks to all our faculty experts for sharing their picks!

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