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Jesus Garcia

And the Oscar goes to ...

Well it’s that time again to know which film will win best picture of the year. Yep, that’s right; the 84th annual Academy Awards is in a few days and who knows which film will take home the Oscar this year. Will it be “The Artist,” “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,” “The Help,” “Moneyball,” “Midnight in Paris,” “Hugo,” “War Horse,” “The Decedents” or “The Tree of Life?” Who knows?

Well to me, these films have touched my heart for a long while when it comes to the Oscars. My first time watching the Academy Awards was in 2009 when “Slumdog Millionaire” won for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adaptive Screenplay ... only name a few on that night. I saw the film, and I thought it was amazing to see because it told a story of a boy from India who tries to find his true love but has many obstacle in his way to find her.

Not only do I admire those Best Picture films but also I admire the actors who play those outstanding characters like Sean Penn when he won the Oscar for Best Actor for “Milk” and Kate Winslet when she won Best Actress for “The Reader.” Their performances really inspired me.

I saw the Oscars in 2010 when they doubled the Best Picture category from five to 10, since many films in 2009 really were so amazing, I guess. The films I thought that should have won for Best Picture were “The Blind Side,” “Up,” but mostly the one I thought should win was “Precious.” I loved Precious so much it made me cry. Even thought these films didn’t win, I was glad it was “The Hurt Locker” that took home the award because it was based on a war on our planet and not on one that is fiction like “Avatar.” Yes, it was a great film, but I don’t think something like that should win Best Picture — not many science fiction films do.

During last year’s Oscars, it was a real neck-and-neck race to win Best Picture. A teacher at school and I were having a contest to see which film would win Best Picture. She picked “The Kings Speech,” and I picked “The Social Network.” She won. Even though “The Social Network” didn’t win, I still think it was a great film to see, and due to this film, a lot of people have joined Facebook. Sure, it didn’t win the big awards like Best Picture, Best Director or Best Actor (I think Jesse Eisenberg should have won), but at least the film won Best Adaptive Screenplay, Best Original Score and Best Film Editing.

Also I was a little surprised in the Supporting Actress category when 15-year-old Hailee Steinfeld got the nomination for Best Supporting Actress. It been awhile since any young actor or actress was nominated for an Academy Award; the youngest actor in Oscar history was Justin Henry when he was 8 years old and nominated for Best Supporting Actor. But to all those young actors and actress out there who maybe reading, I say give it your all. It could happen.

I have always dreamed of winning an Oscar myself. Even if I’m in a small town in Illinois, I believe I will get that Oscar nomination and win that Oscar one day. I just know it.

But enough about past Oscar winners; let’s talk about this year’s nominees. For Best Actor, the only three people who have a possible chance of winning are George Clooney for “The Decedents, “ Jean Dujardin for “The Artist” and Brad Pitt for “Moneyball.” For Best Actress, nearly all the nominees have a good chance to win, but the one who may not may be Glenn Close for “Albert Nobb,” I think Rooney Mara should win for “The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo.”

For Best Supporting Actor there only two who I think should win: Christopher Plummer for “Beginners” and Max Von Sydow for “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.” For Best Supporting Actress, again I think there are only two who have a good chance: Melissa McCarthy in “BridesMaids” and Octavia Spenser for “The Help.”

And lastly for Best Picture, I think it will be between these five films: “The Artist,” “Extremely Loud & and Incredibly Close,” “The Help,” “Hugo” and “Moneyball.” But don’t ask me for the answers because I don’t know all the answer, OK? Watch on Sunday as the 84th annual Academy Awards will be Broadcast live on ABC and see who will take home the Oscar. (I think it will be “Extremely Loud & and Incredibly Close.”)

Jesus O. Garcia, 15, is a sophomore at DePue High School. He can be reached in care of this newspaper at P.O. Box 340, Princeton, IL 61356.

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