We recently enlisted the services of Canucks prospect Matt Beattie. The current Yale University forward not only excels on the ice and in the class room, he also happens to be a big movie buff and is here to help you with your 85th annual Academy Awards picks.
Beattie knows all there is to know about movies, he hasn’t gotten an Oscars pick wrong in four years, even picking A Separation to win Best Foreign Language Film last year (okay, both of those are not true…). The 6-foot-3 forward has seen Step Brothers so many times he can quote the entire movie, his all-time favorite movie is Good Will Hunting, which surpassed his previous favorite My Cousin Vinny this past summer. He is such a movie guy, if he wasn’t playing hockey he try his hand at acting, most likely in comedies as he is good at improving and has a great sense of humour.
Now let’s get down to business and see who Matt Beattie is taking this year at the Oscars. (Note: CDC’s own Derek Jory has boycotted this year’s Oscars as his favorite movie Magic Mike was snubbed by the Academy)
Editor’s Note: Olivia Munn was in Magic Mike. ‘Nuff said.Best Picture
Nominees: Amour, Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Misérables, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty.Beattie Says: Argo
“I am a big fan of Ben Affleck films. Affleck was not nominated for Best Director, but I know that the movie has already received a lot of praise, and I personally loved it. There were a few nominations that were movies about famous moments/times in American history, and I think that Argo will beat out the others.”Best Actor
Nominees: Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook), Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln), Hugh Jackman (Les Misérables), Joaquin Phoenix (The Master), Denzel Washington (Flight).Beattie Says: Daniel Day-Lewis
“I thought that Bradley Cooper absolutely nailed his role in Silver Linings Playbook, but playing Abraham Lincoln is going to put Day-Lewis on top in this race.”Best Actress
Nominees: Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), Emmanuelle Riva (Amour), Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Naomi Watts (The Impossible).Beattie Says: Jennifer Lawrence
“I’ll admit that I was a little bit shy about seeing Silver Linings Playbook, but I was very happy that I made it to the theater for that one. Lawrence was funny, quirky, and entertaining. I think that she’ll beat out the other contenders because of how well she played the mysterious neighbor.”Best Supporting Actor
Nominees: Alan Arkin (Argo), Robert De Niro (Silver Linings Playbook), Philip Seymour-Hoffman (The Master), Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln), Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained)Beattie Says: Christoph Waltz
“I am going to shake things up a bit with this pick. This is strictly based off of the movies that I have seen this year. For me, this one was between Waltz and De Niro. I don’t think that Django is going receive a lot of buzz at the Oscars, but Waltz was unbelievable. Without Waltz, the movie wouldn’t make any sense, and just about every time he spoke, I was captivated.”Best Supporting Actress
Nominees: Amy Adams (The Master), Sally Field (Lincoln), Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables), Helen Hunt (The Sessions), Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook)Beattie Says: Anne Hathaway
“This was a tough one because I haven’t seen all of the movies that these actresses were in. I am giving the nod to Anne Hathaway strictly because I have heard only positive things about her performance. I will be interested to see who pulls this one out, but Hathaway has my vote.”Best Director
Nominees: Michael Haneke (Amour), Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Ang Lee (Life of Pi), Steven Spielberg (Lincoln), David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook).Beattie Says: Steven Spielberg
“If Ben Affleck were nominated, I would have to give the nod to him, but since he wasn’t, I have to give Lincoln some love. I think that Spielberg knocked the ball out of park with this movie, and his name should definitely help him out come voting time.”