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December Oscar Predictions: The Calm Before the Storm

Today, the New York Film Critics Circle will lead the charge into the 2013 Oscar race with its announcements of the greatest achievements in filmmaking this year. And with every major 2012 film now having been screened for critics, it seems like an appropriate time to dust off the old Oscar predictions.

Each week, we'll dig a little deeper into one of these categories, in order to help with your predictions and to let you know what you ought to catch up with. All predictions are in alphabetical order, not by likelihood of nomination.

In the comments, let us know what do you think of our early picks.

Best Picture

Les Misérables
Life of Pi
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Director

Ben Affleck, Argo
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Tom Hooper, Les Misérables
Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln

Best Actor

Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
John Hawkes, The Sessions
Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Denzel Washington, Flight

Best Actress

Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Naomi Watts, The Impossible

Best Supporting Actor

Alan Arkin, Argo
Robert DeNiro, Silver Linings Playbook
Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln

Best Supporting Actress

Amy Adams, The Master
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Maggie Smith, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Best Original Screenplay

Michael Haneke, Amour
Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master
Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola, Moonrise Kingdom
Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty

Best Adapted Screenplay

Chris Terrio, Argo
Ben Zeitlin and Lucy Alibar, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Tony Kushner, Lincoln
David Magee, Life of Pi
David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook


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