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Academy awards

It is that time of the year when a heavy dose of films is what movie buffs are looking for.

Fingers crossed : Movie buffs predict Meryl Streep and George Clooney to bag the ‘Best Actor’ and ‘Best Actress’ awards.

The 84th Academy Awards are round the corner and the Oscar fever is fast catching up in the City too.

Metrolife talked to movie buffs from different walks of life to check their enthusiasm levels and their predictions for the coveted categories of awards — ‘Best Picture’, ‘Best Actor’ and ‘Best Actress’ — this year.

The coming Monday seems like too long a wait and the release of the list of nominees has got the predictionsrunning.

‘Michel Hazanavicius’, ‘The Artist’ and Alexander Payne’s ‘The Descendants’ fare high on the list of nominations and predictions, along with other contenders like Spielberg’s ‘War Horse’ and popular names like ‘Moneyball’ and Woody Allen’s ‘Midnight in Paris’.

What the evening will bring, though, is quite the surprise that keeps the Oscar frenzy going.

“I am looking forward to the Oscars this year, just like I do every year. It has become a tradition, though this time I am clueless about who is going to walk away with the awards. I feel this year the ‘Best Actor’ award would go to Jean Dujardin for ‘The Artist’. I would be happy if Meryl Streep walks away with the award for the ‘Best Actress’.”

“This is her 15th or 16th nomination and she deserves more than two Oscars in her life.

For the ‘Best Picture’, I would be happy if ‘The Help’ walks away with the award as it was a good fun movie,” says Varsha Karnik, manager of a kennel and an award junkie.

Sujoy Majumdar, attorney for IBM India, is quite excited about the awards too and
admits that one of the reasons is the fact that he has watched many of the contending
films.

“At the end of the day, it is always exciting to know who walks away with the award for the ‘Best Picture’. I think it should be ‘The Artist’ this year as it is a very unique film. Brad Pitt deserves the award for ‘Best Actor’ for ‘Moneyball’ and ‘Viola Davis’ ‘Best Actress’ for her film ‘The Help’,” he says.

While there are those who can’t contain their excitement waiting for Monday or
don’t mind losing sleep to catch the red carpet act on time, there are some others who feel the Oscars aren’t quite what they used to be.

“I don’t really look forward to the Oscars. They have films that I am not exposed
to and those that are not released in the country yet,” says Abhishek Velaga, an
engineer.

For Tia Raina, a content writer, who has been watching the awards, the charm has faded.

“The awards have lost their charm. The template is the same, the same red carpet
and the same fake speeches. I have been watching the same things since I was 11 and am not excited anymore,” she says.

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