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85th Academy Awards

Best Picture

Argo

Starring
Ben Affleck, John Goodman, Bryan Cranston, Chris Messina, Titus Welliver, Victor Garber, Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall, and Alan Arkin
Director
Ben Affleck

Les Misérables

Starring
Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Samantha Barks, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Anne Hathaway
Director
Tom Hooper

Lincoln

Starring
Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, David Strathairn, and James Spader
Director
Steven Spielberg
Ty Burr, Boston Globe film critic
Ty Burr says ...
For a long stretch of the run-up to Oscar night, it seemed as if best picture would be Abraham Lincoln’s to lose. But momentum has shifted in recent weeks: The perceived snub of Ben Affleck in the directing category and his movie’s strong showing at the Golden Globes and elsewhere means that “Argo” now has the edge. “Beasts” won’t win but it’s still the year’s most startlingly original vision. “Les Miz” is more bizarre Broadway/CGI mutation than a movie.
  • Will win
    Argo

  • Should win
    Beasts of the Southern Wild

  • Shouldn't be here
    Les Misérables

  • Was robbed
    Moonrise Kingdom

Janice Page, Boston Globe film editor
Janice Page says ...
Only three films have ever won a best picture Oscar without their directors being nominated; “Argo” will make it four. Post-academy snub, Ben Affleck has been an unstoppable awards hoarder. “Amour” is too dark and too foreign, “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and “Life of Pi” too flawed, Wes Anderson’s brilliant “Moonrise Kingdom” too not here. “Lincoln”? It only has Daniel Day-Lewis emancipating slaves. “Argo” has Hollywood itself emancipating hostages.
  • Will win
    Argo

  • Should win
    Amour

  • Shouldn't be here
    Life of Pi

  • Was robbed
    Moonrise Kingdom