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For Your Consideration: Final Predictions For The Most Unpredictable Oscar Nominations In Years

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire January 8, 2013 at 1:22PM

With less than 48 hours to go before the gloriously early (two weeks earlier than last year!) Academy Award nominations, it's time to take a stab at final predictions for the culmination of one the quickest, strongest and most unpredictable awards seasons in years.  Category-by-category, the below predictions offer what are perhaps my least confident Oscar nominations ever (but that's what makes them so much fun). After back to back races that felt remarkably dull and predictable, there's an energy and an excitement leading into Thursday morning's announcement that has breathed life into Oscar prognositication for many pundits. Here's hoping I'm wrong in all the best ways. READ MORE: For Your Consideration: If I Had An Oscar Ballot... The following predictions would have Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" leading the way with 12 nominations, with "Django Unchained" (11 noms), "Les Miserables" (eight noms), "Zero Dark Thirty," "Skyfall" and "Life of Pi" (seven each) just behind. It doesn't quite seem right ("Django" seems way too high, and "Argo" way to low with just five), but we'll find out soon enough how right or wrong I am. Until then, enjoy my best shot:
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"Moonrise Kingdom"
"Moonrise Kingdom"
Best Original Screenplay:
The predicted nominees (in alphabetical order):
Amour
Django Unchained
The Master
Moonrise Kingdom
Zero Dark Thirty

The spoilers (in order of spoil-potential):
Looper
The Intouchables
Flight
Middle of Nowhere

The shoulda-been-a-contender (but never gonna happen):
 Keep The Lights On

Best Adapted Screenplay:
The predicted nominees (in alphabetical order):
Argo
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Lincoln
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Silver Linings Playbook

The spoilers (in order of spoil-potential):
Life of Pi
The Sessions

Skyfall
Les Miserables

The shoulda-been-a-contender (but never gonna happen):
 Bernie

"Amour."
"Amour."
Best Foreign Language Film
The predicted nominees (in alphabetical order):
Amour (Austria)
The Intouchables (France)
No (Chile)
A Royal Affair (Denmark)
War Witch (Canada)

The spoilers (in order of spoil-potential):
Kon-Tiki (Norway)
The Deep (Iceland)
Sister (Switzerland)

The shoulda-been-a-contender (but never gonna happen):
Barbara (Germany)

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