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A look ahead at this year's Oscar nominations

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Posted: Friday, January 20, 2012 12:00 pm | Updated: 10:39 am, Wed Jun 6, 2012.

With the Oscar nominees being unveiled in less than a week, numerous critics are attempting to predict what will be nominated. I could offer you my forecast of what will be nominated on Oscar morning. Given my track record though, I'll likely just end up feeling like an idiot. So instead, I've compiled a list of what should be nominated, something that I can't possibly be wrong about.

Best Picture

In this category we should see "50/50," "The Artist," "Bridesmaids," "The Descendants," "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," "The Help," "Midnight in Paris," "The Muppets," "The Tree of Life" and "War Horse" all being nominated.

Best Actor

Look for George Clooney: "The Descendants," Jean Dujardin: "The Artist," Joseph Gordon-Levitt: "50/50," Ryan Gosling: "Drive" and Brad Pitt: "Moneyball" to all receive nominations.

Best Actress

This category should see Viola Davis: "The Help," Rooney Mara: "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," Melusine Mayance: "Sarah's Key," Charlize Theron: "Young Adult" and Michelle Williams: "My Week With Marilyn" as nominees.

Best Supporting Actor

In this category we should see Albert Brooks: "Drive," Jonah Hill: "Moneyball," Nick Nolte: "Warrior," Brad Pitt: "The Tree of Life" and Alan Rickman: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" all being nominated.

Best Supporting Actress

Look for Bérénice Bejo: "The Artist," Jessica Chastain: "The Help," Mellissa McCarthy: "Bridesmaids," Octavia Spencer: "The Help" and Shailene Woodley: "The Descendants" to all receive nominations.

Best Director

This category should see Woody Allen: "Midnight In Paris," Michel Hazanavicius: "The Artist," Terrence Malick: "The Tree of Life," Steven Spielberg: "War Horse" and David Yates: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" as nominees.

Best Original Screenplay

In this category look for "50/50," "The Artist," "Bridesmaids," "Midnight in Paris" and "Young Adult.

Best Adapted Screenplay

Look for "The Descendants," "Drive," "The Help," "Moneyball" and "War Horse" to all receive nominations.

Best Art Direction

This category should see "The Artist," "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," "Hugo," "Thor" and War Horse as nominees.

Best Cinematography

In this category look for "The Artist," "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," "Hugo," "The Tree of Life" and "War Horse."

Best Editing

Look for "The Artist," "Drive, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," "Hugo" and "The Tree of Life."

Best Costume Design

Look for "The Artist," "The Help," "Hugo," "My Week With Marilyn" and "War Horse."

Best Makeup

Look for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," "The Iron Lady" and "Hugo."

Best Original Song

Look for "Happy Feet Two: Bridge of Light," "The Help: Living Proof," "The Muppets: Life's a Happy Song," "The Muppets: Man or Muppet" and "Winnie the Pooh: So Long."

Best Original Score

Look for "The Artist," "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," "The Tree of Life," "Super 8" and "War Horse."

Best Sound

Look for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," "Hugo," "Super 8," "The Tree of Life" and "War Horse."

Best Sound Editing

Look for "The Adventures of Tintin," "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," "Hugo," "The Tree of Life" and "War Horse."

Best Visual Effects

This category should see "Captain America: The First Avenger," "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," "Super 8' and "Thor."

Best Animated Feature

In this category look for "The Adventures of Tintin," "Arthur Christmas," "Kung-fu Panda 2," "Rango" and "Winnie the Pooh" as nominees.

Check out the real nominees on Jan. 24 to see if the Academy made the correct choices.

• Ahwatukee native and Desert Vista graduate Nick Spake is a student at Arizona State University. He has been working as a film critic for five years, reviewing movies on his website, NICKPICKSFLICKS.com. Reach him at nspake@asu.edu.

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