Gateway Mall Oscar Predictions

Gateway Mallphoto by: Victor Flores

Gateway Mall
photo by: Victor Flores

Springfield OR—   On Sunday February 24th the 85th annual Academy Awards otherwise known as the Oscars will be hosted at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood California. This year, the award show will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane the creator of Family Guy and the director of Ted.  The nominations for the 2013 awards were released in early January, making the topic of who will be walking away with a trophy a popular discussion among movie goers and critics.

The Gateway Mall located in Springfield is home to two movie theaters, Movies 12 and Cinemark 17 which attracts an abundant amount of movie goers of all age groups and interest.  Linda Birkby, a Springfield resident went the Cinemark 17 theater to see Lincoln Wednesday night with her husband. Lincoln is one of the nine films nominated for Best Picture at this year’s Oscars.

Lincoln should win,” Birkby said referring to Best Picture as she left the theater. But when it comes to show time she thinks that a different film will take home the Oscar, although she did not say which picture she thinks will win the trophy instead. She also noted another nomination for Best Picture, Silver Linings Playbook as one of the films she would like to see win the award, saying that it “would be my second choice for Best Picture.”

Lincoln was also brought up as the front runner for winning Best Picture among a Sears employee from inside the mall, Tim Thayer.

Thayer was much more confident with his prediction for the winner of Best Picture than Birkby, stating “I think Lincoln will win Best Picture.” Thayer also provided some insight for those who have not seen Lincoln yet saying, “”If you like politics, you’ll like this movie.”

While both Birkby and Thayer had opinions about who they think will win, neither of them have plans of tuning into the actual award show. But, Cheri Myseth another customer at the Cinemark 17 theater said, “I try to watch every year.”

Myseth added, “I’m trying to watch all of the movies,” referring to those nominated for Best Picture. The other films nominated other than Lincoln and Silver Linings Playbook, are Amour, Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Misérables, Life of Pi, and Zero Dark Thirty. Myseth although was not going to see of these movies, but rather a special showing on Saturday Night Fever with a friend of hers.

Myseth did have a strong opinion about who she thought should win Best Actor.

“I’m sure it will be the guy from Les Mis,” she said.  “He was awesome!”

Myseth is speaking of Hugh Jackman who plays Jean Valjean in the onscreen adaption of the Broadway musical, Les Misérables.

Birkby also predicted that Les Misérables would produce another winner, but in the Best Supporting Actress category with Anne Hathaway who played Fantine.

“Daniel Day-Lewis and Anne Hathaway will win Best Actor and Actress,” she said. Day-Lewis is the main star of Lincoln, which has a total of 12 nominations this year, making it the most out of any other film nominated in this year’s show.

By: Aleecia Moss

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