How'd Tim Mitchell do in his Oscar nomination predictions?
Last week, News-Gazette staff writer Tim Mitchell predicted 25 of the 34 nominees in the major categories for the 85th Academy Awards.
Our resident expert correctly predicted eight of the nine films nominated for best picture, missing only the foreign language film "Amour."
For best actor, Mitchell guessed four of the five nominations, missing Joaquin Phoenix in "The Master." He had predicted John Hawkes from "The Sessions."
He predicted three of the five best actress nominees, missing Emmanuelle Riva from "Amour" and Quvenzhan Wallis from "Beasts of the Southern Wild." He had guesssed Marion Cotillard from "Rust and Bone" and Helen Mirren from "Hitchcock."
Mitchell guessed four of the five nominees for best supporting actor; Christoph Waltz was picked for "Django Unchained" instead of Mitchell's choice, Leonardo Dicaprio from the same movie.
Mitchell also predicted four of the five supporting actress nominees, missing only Jacki Weaver from "Silver Linings Playbook." He had guessed Maggie Smith from "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel."
He guessed two of the five best director choices. The academy nominated Michael Haneke from "Amour," Benh Zeitlin from "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and former University of Illinois student Ang Lee from "Life of Pi." Mitchell had guessed Ben Affleck from "Argo," Kathryn Bigelow from "Zero Dark Thirty" and Tom Hooper from "Les Miserables."
The 85th Academy Awards will be broadcast Feb. 24 on ABC.