D minus One for the Oscars – are you ready?

Holding our collective breaths - one day to go

I am absolutely thrilled to announce to everyone that the 2012 Oscars will be taking place tomorrow—you heard it here first! Oh, wait—you knew already?

Tomorrow, the last Sunday in February, is a big day. The triumphant walk up to the dais, the speeches, and a few people going home disappointed.

All I really care to know about tomorrow’s ceremony is whether that funny little dog from The Artist will be in attendance. Wouldn’t that be fun? The rest is, as they say in France, a fait accompli. The Artist makes a killing taking the top four statuettes—at least that’s my prediction. Wanna bet on it? You can reach me by phone at (888) GA-HELPS to wager on this.

Even though I believe The Artist will be the dominant winner tomorrow night, I do also wonder what will happen to films like The Descendants, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Help, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life and War Horse (all of which are in the Best Picture category). Woody Allen going up against Steven Spielberg, that’s a competition that’s thrilling and it could be a close race. Tree of Life could also still garner an award–it isn’t every day that Terrence Malick graces us with a picture after all.

Oscars Logo 2012

Here’s the full list of the awards; I would like you to ponder it carefully, check off what you’ve seen and what you haven’t (and if you haven’t seen five of these movies you should go out to the movie theatre more often, and buy some pop-corn while you’re at it), and then get a good night’s sleep. The ceremony will be long and you need to be in tip-top shape. Thoughts and comments tomorrow after the ceremony.

Best Picture
The Artist
The Descendants
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
The Help
Midnight in Paris
The Tree of Life
War Horse

Best actor
Demian Bichir – A Better Life
George Clooney – The Descendants
Jean Dujardin – The Artist
Gary Oldman – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Brad Pitt – Moneyball

Best actress
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

Supporting actor
Kenneth Branagh – My Week with Marilyn
Jonah Hill – Moneyball
Nick Nolte – Warrior
Christopher Plummer – Beginners
Max von Sydow – Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Supporting actress
Berenice Bejo – The Artist
Jessica Chastain – The Help
Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer – Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer – The Help

Adapted screenplay
The Descendants
The Ides of March
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Original screenplay
The Artist
Margin Call
Midnight In Paris
A Separation

The Artist – Michel Hazanavicius
The Descendants – Alexander Payne
Hugo – Martin Scorsese
Midnight in Paris – Woody Allen
The Tree of Life – Terrence Malick

Animated feature film
A Cat in Paris
Chico & Rita
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots

Art direction
The Artist
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Midnight in Paris
War Horse

The Artist
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Tree of Life
War Horse

Costume design
The Artist
Jane Eyre

Documentary (feature)
Hell and Back Again
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

Documentary (short subject)
The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement
God Is the Bigger Elvis
Incident in New Baghdad
Saving Face
The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom

Film editing
The Artist
The Descendants
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Foreign language film
Bullhead (Belgium)
Footnote (Israel)
In Darkness (Poland)
Monsieur Lazhar (Canada)
A Separation (Iran)

Albert Nobbs
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
The Iron Lady

Music (Original Score)
The Adventures of Tintin – John Williams
The Artist – Ludovic Bource
Hugo – Howard Shore
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – Alberto Iglesias
War Horse – John Williams

Music (Original Song)
Man or Muppet (The Muppets)
Real in Rio (Rio)

Short film (animated)
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore
La Luna
A Morning Stroll
Wild Life

Short film (live action)
The Shore
Time Freak
Tuba Atlantic

Sound editing
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
War Horse

Sound mixing
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
War Horse

Visual effects
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Real Steel
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Transformers: Dark of the Moon