KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It's been an incredible year for cinema -- full of memorable films audiences won't soon forget.
The most remarkable performances and films of the past year will be honored Sunday at the 85th Academy Awards.
It's a night full of very few surprises, because many of the awards have already been decided. Daniel Day-Lewis, Jennifer Lawrence and Anne Hathaway have laid out pitch-perfect performances, destined for Oscar gold.
Other awards such as the best supporting acting category could be quite interesting with powerhouses Tommy Lee Jones, Christoph Waltz, Robert De Niro, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Alan Arkin going head-to-head. Each performance is equally stunning.
Sadly, this doesn't ring true for the best director. The statue will not be going to the most worthy recipient. Ben Affleck gave audiences the best picture of the year with Argo, but Affleck will not be rewarded for his accomplishments.
Argo will only walk away with three Academy Awards -- while other films will earn more hardware Sunday night. Look for Lincoln to get five Oscars and the 23rd Bond film, Skyfall to earn four.
The 2013 Oscars is shaking out to be the most intriguing race we've seen in a long time.
Here are my Oscar picks for the big show Sunday night:
Best Picture: Argo
Best Director: Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Best Supporting Actor: Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Best Animated Feature: Wreck-It Ralph
Best Foreign Film: Amour
Best Original Screenplay: Django Unchained
Best Adapted Screenplay: Argo
Best Costume Design: Les Miserables
Best Original Song: "Skyfall" from Skyfall
Best Original Score: Lincoln
Best Documentary: How to Survive a Plague
Best Documentary (Short): Mondays vs. Racine
Best Makeup & Hairstyling: Les Miserables
Best Production Design: Lincoln
Best Film Editing: Argo
Best Cinematography: Skyfall
Best Sound Editing: Skyfall
Best Sound Mixing: Skyfall
Best Visual Effects: Life of Pi
Best Short Film (Animated): Paperman
Best Short Film (Live Action): Curfew
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