David Onda’s 2013 Oscars Diary: Day 7

by | February 24, 2013 at 4:22 PM | Movies, Oscars

Last year's Best Picture winner 'The Artist' (Photo: AP)

Ladies and gentlemen, it is Oscars Sunday!

The feeling I’ve gotten here in Hollywood during this week of Oscars events, is that we’re in for a very different, sort of rebranded Academy Awards tonight. Whether it’s for the better or worse is to be determined, but I’m extremely excited for the event. The red carpet alone is different from anything we’ve seen, complete with a fashion motif and new logos, and you can be the first to see the set-up for tonight’s awards by taking my red carpet virtual tour.

It’s nearly time for me to head down to the Hollywood and Highland Center to get myself settled for red carpet events. Make sure you join us tonight for the XFINITY.com Oscars live chat. I’ll be behind the scenes at the Academy Awards in the press interview room, where each winner will appear to address reporters after their career-making win. All show long, I’ll be providing backstage details and be the first to tell you what the stars have to say about their victory. If you love the Oscars, it’s a great companion to the ABC telecast. The chat starts with red carpet coverage at 7 p.m. ET.

Before I toss on my tux and head to the Oscars, let’s take a look at the big category of the night: Best Picture.

The nine nominees are “Amour,” “Argo,” “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “Django Unchained,” “Les Miserables,” “Life of Pi,” “Lincoln,” “Silver Linings Playbook” and “Zero Dark Thirty.”

We can’t ignore the fact that “Argo” has swept nearly every awards show this season, including the Golden Globes and BAFTAs. We also can’t ignore the fact that Academy voters snubbed Ben Affleck as director, but appear to love everyone involved in “Silver Linings Playbook” from the cast to the director. I think “Amour” will win for Best Foreign Film, but will fall short in this category, and “Django Unchained” and “Live of Pi” have no chance. “Beasts,” “Lincoln,” “Les Mis” and “Zero Dark Thirty” are phenomenal films, but just don’t have the momentum going into tonight’s awards.

WHO SHOULD WIN: “Argo”

WHO WILL WIN: “Silver Linings Playbook”

And, honestly, I think those could very easily flip-flop. One of those two films will win tonight, and whichever one does will be truly deserved of it. “Silver Linings Playbook” was one of my favorite films of the year (along with “Moonrise Kingdom,” “Les Mis” and “The Sessions”), so I am happy to route for it (go Philly!).

That’s all for now, folks! Time to head down to the Dolby Theatre. Join me at the live chat and enjoy the 85th Academy Awards!

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