The 2012-13 movie awards season officially comes to an end Sunday night, and local critics have differing opinions on who will be taking home Oscar gold at the 85th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles.
Unfortunately, there aren't any Minnesotans competing in the major categories this year, thanks to a snub of Alexandria native John Hawkes in the Best Actor category for "The Sessions." Hawkes, who was nominated by virtually every other major organization for the honor -- including the Screen Actors Guild, Broadcast Film Critics Association, the Golden Globes and this weekend's Film Independent Spirit Awards -- was the state's best hope for a local nominee.
At the very least, Hawkes can celebrate as a cast member of the Best Picture nominee "Lincoln."
One local connection who will be at the Oscars is Amy Adams, who is up for Best Supporting Actress for "The Master." The acclaimed actress did a few shows at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre before she made it big in Hollywood.
So, here are my picks of who will win and who should win at the Oscars, followed by other local prognosticators.
Best Supporting Actor: Alan Arkin ("Argo"), Robert DeNiro ("Silver Linings Playbook"), Tommy Lee Jones ("Lincoln"), Phillip Seymour Hoffman ("The Master"), Christoph Waltz ("Django Unchained").
Who will win: Hoffman
Who should win: De Niro
Best Supporting Actress: Amy Adams ("The Master"), Sally Field ("Lincoln"), Anne Hathaway ("Les Miserables"), Helen Hunt ("The Sessions"), Jacki Weaver ("Silver Linings Playbook").
Who will win: Hathaway
Who should win: Adams
Below: My Oscar picks on KARE-TV
Best Actor: Bradley Cooper ("Silver Linings Playbook"), Daniel Day-Lewis ("Lincoln"),Hugh Jackman ("Les Miserables"), Joaquin Phoenix ("The Master"), Denzel Washington ("Flight").
Who will win: Day-Lewis
Who should win: Phoenix
Best Actress: Jessica Chastain ("Zero Dark Thirty"), Jennifer Lawrence ("Silver Linings Playbook"), Emmanuelle Riva ("Amour"), Quvenzhane Wallis ("Beasts of the Southern Wild"), Naomi Watts ("The Impossible").
Who will win: Lawrence
Who should win: Lawrence
Best Picture: "Amour," "Argo," "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Django Unchained," "Lincoln," "Les Miserables," "Life of Pi," "Sliver Linings Playbook," "Zero Dark Thirty."
What will win: "Argo"
What should win: "Argo"
Other quick picks: Steven Spielberg ("Lincoln") for Best Director; "Frankenweenie" for Best Animated Feature; "Argo" for Best Adapated Screenplay and "Zero Dark Thirty" for Best Original Screenplay.
Among the other local critics, Chris Hewitt of the Pioneer Press picked Hoffman for Best Supporting Actor; Hathaway for Best Supporting Actress; Day-Lewis for Best Actor; Riva for Best Actress and "Argo" for Best Picture.
Colin Covert of the Star Tribune is holding his picks until Oscar Sunday, but in an advanced piece he sided with "Argo" for Best Picture and called Hathaway "a lock" for Best Supporting Actress.
Bring Me The News film critic Tim Lammers is a voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association's annual Critics Choice Movie Awards. Tim has also interviewed more than 1,000 major actors and filmmakers throughout his career, and locally, he reviews films on “KARE 11 News at 11” and WCCO Radio.