Cheat Sheet: Oscar predictions for tonight

Nothing good ever comes out of predicting the winners at the Academy Awards, but I do it every year for the same reason diehard college basketball fans fill out their March Madness brackets: they’re gluttons for embarrassment, especially when said bracket busts. I don’t anticipate winning my Oscar pool tonight, but if you’re hard up for some last minute picks, you could probably do a lot worse than cheating off me.

The 84th Annual Academy Awards air tonight on ABC at 7:30 p.m.

Best Picture

The Artist

Best Director

Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Best Actor

Jean Dujardin, The Artist

Best Actress

Viola Davis, The Help

Best Supporting Actor

Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Best Supporting Actress

Octavia Spencer, The Help

Best Original Screenplay

Midnight in Paris

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Descendants

Best Animated Feature


Best Art Direction


Best Cinematography

The Tree of Life

Best Costume Design

The Artist

Best Documentary Feature

Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

Best Editing

The Artist

Best Foreign Language Film

A Separation

Best Song

The Muppets

Best Score

The Artist

Best Make Up

The Iron Lady

Best Sound Editing

War Horse

Best Sound Mixing


Best Visual Effects

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Best Animated Short

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Best Live-Action Short

The Shore

Best Documentary Short

Saving Face