Tim Mitchell's predicted Oscar nominees

Tim Mitchell's predicted Oscar nominees

With the Academy Award nominations set to be announced Thursday, News-Gazette staff writer Tim Mitchell predicts what films, directors and actors will receive nominations.

This year, the academy will nominate five to 10 movies for best picture. A film has to receive first-place votes on at least 5 percent of the ballots to get a nomination.

Assuming that seven films will make the cut, the likely best picture nominees (in alphabetical order): "Argo," "Django Unchained," "Les Miserables," "Life of Pi," "Lincoln," "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Zero Dark Thirty."

If the maximum 10 films make the list, you can add "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Moonrise Kingdom" and "Skyfall."

Best director nominees: Ben Affleck, "Argo"; Kathryn Bigelow, "Zero Dark Thirty"; Tom Hooper, "Les Miserables"; David O. Russell, "Silver Linings Playbook"; and Steven Spielberg, "Lin-coln."

Best actor nominees: Bradley Cooper, "Silver Linings Playbook"; Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln"; John Hawkes, "The Sessions"; Hugh Jackman, "Les Miserables"; and Denzel Washington, "Flight."

Best actress nominees: Jessica Chastain, "Zero Dark Thirty"; Marion Cotillard, "Rust and Bone"; Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook"; Helen Mirren, "Hitchcock"; and Naomi Watts, "The Impossible."

Best supporting actor nominees: Alan Arkin, "Argo"; Robert De Niro, "Silver Linings Playbook"; Leonardo DiCaprio, "Django Unchained"; Philip Seymour Hoffman, "The Master"; and Tommy Lee Jones, "Lincoln."

Best supporting actress: Amy Adams, "The Master"; Sally Field, "Lincoln"; Anne Hathaway, "Les Miserables"; Helen Hunt, "The Sessions"; and Maggie Smith, "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel."

The 85th Academy Awards will be broadcast Feb. 25 on ABC.

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