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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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Best Documentary Feature:
The predicted nominees (in alphabetical order):
Bully
The Gatekeepers
How To Survive a Plague
The Invisible War
Searching For Sugar Man

The spoilers (in order of spoil-potential):
The Imposter
The House I Live In
This is Not a Film

The shoulda-been-a-contender (but never gonna happen):
Central Park Five

Best Animated Feature
The predicted nominees (in alphabetical order):
Brave
Frankenweenie
ParaNorman
Rise of the Guardians
Wreck-It-Ralph

The spoilers (in order of spoil-potential):
The Painting
Hotel Transylvania
The Rabbi's Cat

"Life of Pi"
"Life of Pi"
Best Film Editing
The predicted nominees (in alphabetical order):
Argo
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Skyfall
Zero Dark Thirty

The spoilers (in order of spoil-potential):
Les Miserables
The Master

Silver Linings Playbook

Best Cinematography:
The predicted nominees (in alphabetical order):
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Lincoln
The Master
Skyfall

The spoilers (in order of spoil-potential):
Zero Dark Thirty
Anna Karenina
Argo

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