By now, visitors to The Wife Hates Sports know that this is a sports site with a tendency to dabble in the entertainment world from time to time.  Our 2012 Oscar predictions count as just that.

Nothing symbolizes Hollywood more than the Oscars, which is why – like the last two years – yours truly will go head-to-head against THE WIFE in hopes to achieve gender domination for one evening.  Here’s hoping this man reels in a third straight Oscar victory.

It’s time to post some award prognostication.  Yes, and by that, I mean in the form of our 2012 Oscars predictions.  Feel free to chime in with your picks, thoughts and movie opinions.


KP expects big things for ‘The Artist’ at the 2012 Oscars, and even BIGGER things for this photoshopped image.

84th Annual Academy Awards: 2012 Oscar Predictions

Music (Original Song)

The Nominees Are:

The Muppets (“Man or Muppet” – Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie)

Rio (“Real in Rio” – Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown; Lyric by Siedah Garrett)

KP’s Prediction: The Muppets (“Man or Muppet” – Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie)

The Wife’s Prediction: The Muppets (“Man or Muppet” – Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie)

Music (Original Score)

The Nominees Are:

The Adventures of Tintin (John Williams)

The Artist (Ludovic Bource), Hugo (Howard Shore)

Tinker Tailor Solider Spy (Alberto Iglesias)

War Horse (John Williams)

KP’s Prediction: The Artist (Ludovic Bource)

The Wife’s Prediction: The Artist (Ludovic Bource)

KP’s Take: I have always loved the work of John Williams, but when you have a critically acclaimed film that relies on music over dialog, that’s the clear choice.


The Nominees Are:

The Artist (Michel Hazanavicius)

The Descendants (Alexander Payne)

Hugo (Martin Scorsese)

Midnight in Paris (Woody Allen)

The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick)

KP’s Prediction: The Artist (Michel Hazanavicius)

The Wife’s Prediction: The Artist (Michel Hazanavicius)

Costume Design

The Nominees Are:

Anonymous (Lisy Christi)

The Artist (Mark Bridges)

Hugo (Sandy Powell)

Jane Eyre (Michael O’Connor)

W.E. (Arianne Phillips)

KP’s Prediction: The Artist (Mark Bridges)

The Wife’s Prediction: The Artist (Mark Bridges)

KP’s Take: THE WIFE almost went with Jane Eyre because “it’s a period piece”, as she said.  But in the end, we are both sticking with The Artist, because without dialog, the music and the costumes have to tell the story.



KP predicts a third straight victory versus THE WIFE

The Nominees Are:

The Artist (Guillaume Schiffman)

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Jeff Cronenweth)

Hugo (Robert Richardson)

The Tree of Life (Emmanuel Lubezki)

War Horse (Janusz Kaminski)

KP’s Prediction: War Horse (Janusz Kaminski)

The Wife’s Prediction: Hugo (Robert Richardson)

KP’s Take: The fast-paced, unique shots surrounding the horse itself – and even the ones in the preview alone – won me over easily.

Animated Feature Film

The Nominees Are:

A Cat in Paris (Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli)

Chico & Rita (Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal)

Kung Fu Panda 2 (Jennifer Yuh Nelson)

Puss in Boots (Chris Miller)

Rango (Gore Verbinski)

KP’s Prediction: Rango (Gore Verbinski)

The Wife’s Prediction: Puss in Boots (Chris Miller)

KP’s Take: Part of me wanted to pick Puss in Boots.  Yes, that’s likely the pet owner part of me.  But as a spinoff with some mediocre reviews, it doesn’t appear to be a winner in this category.

Actress in a Supporting Role

The Nominees Are:

Berenice Bejo (The Artist)

Jessica Chastain (The Help)

Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids)

Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs)

Octavia Spencer (The Help)

KP’s Prediction: Octavia Spencer (The Help)

The Wife’s Prediction: Octavia Spencer (The Help)

Actor in a Supporting Role

The Nominees Are:

Kenneth Branagh (My Week with Marilyn)

Jonah Hill (Moneyball)

Nick Nolte (Warrior)

Christopher Plummer (Beginners)

Max von Sydow (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close)

KP’s Prediction: Max von Sydow (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close)

The Wife’s Prediction: Christopher Plummer (Beginners)

Actress in a Leading Role

The Nominees Are:

Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs)

Viola Davis (The Help)

Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)

Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)

Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn)

KP’s Prediction: Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)


The ladies will always love George Clooney, but tonight, we predict the Oscars to love Jean Dujardin more

The Wife’s Prediction: Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs)

KP’s Take: There’s definitely a shot we both lose out on this one.  Viola Davis could easily wind up the winner.

Actor in a Leading Role

The Nominees Are:

Demian Bichir (A Better Life)

George Clooney (The Descendants)

Jean Dujardin (The Artist)

Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)

Brad Pitt (Moneyball)

KP’s Prediction: Jean Dujardin (The Artist)

The Wife’s Prediction: Jean Dujardin (The Artist)

Best Picture

The Nominees Are:

The Artist (Thomas Langmann, Producer)

The Descandants (Jim Burke, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Producers)

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (Scott Rudin, Producer)

The Help (Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan, Producers)

Hugo (Graham King and Martin Scorsese, Producers)

Midnight in Paris (Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum, Producers)

Moneyball (Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz and Brad Pitt, Producers)

The Tree of Life (Sarah Green, Bill Pohlad, Dede Gardner and Grant Hill, Producers)

War Horse (Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers)

KP’s Prediction: The Artist (Thomas Langmann, Producer)

The Wife’s Prediction: The Help (Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan, Producers)

The Wife’s Take: I think The Artist probably will win.  Still, in my opinion, I don’t think it deserves to win best picture.  The Help is a more profound story.

KP’s Take: The Artist takes this one easily.  This is a unique moviemaking experience that takes many of our elders back to their childhoods.  Overall, the movie won’t steal the entire show like The Lord of the Rings did years back, but it’s a safe bet that we will hear its name called an awful lot during the 84th Oscars.