Oscar Predictions from Gateway Mall Folk

Cinemark 17 movie theater at the Gateway Mall in Springfield, OR.(Photo by Victor Flores)

Cinemark 17 movie theater at the Gateway Mall in Springfield, Ore.
(Photo by Victor Flores)

The 85th annual Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, take place on Sunday February 24th this year. Movie critics are not the only ones predicting who will win the major awards, though. Those who don’t follow movies for a living, like customers and workers at the Gateway Mall in Springfield, Ore. also have opinions about the Oscars.

Springfield resident Linda Birkby went to see Lincolnone of the nine films nominated for Best Picture at this year’s Oscars — with her husband on Wednesday night at Gateway Mall’s Cinemark 17 theater, and she left thoroughly impressed.

Lincoln should win [Best Picture],” Birkby said, although, she thinks another film will win the award (she did not specify which film she thinks will win).

Tim Thayer, an employee of the Sears located in the Mall, was not as skeptical about Lincoln‘s chances, predicting that it will, indeed, win the Oscar for the best film of the year.

Thayer also provided a recommendation for those who have not seen Lincoln: “If you like politics, you’ll like this movie,” he said.

Birkby brought up another Best Picture-nominated film that she thinks deserves praise.

Silver Linings Playbook would be my second choice for Best Picture,” she said.

Although both Birkby and Thayer expressed interest in some of the Oscar nominees, neither is sure if they will watch the Awards this year.

Cheri Myseth, who was on her way to see a special showing of Saturday Night Fever at Cinemark 17 on Wednesday night, enjoys the Academy Awards.

“I try to watch every year,” she said.

Myseth added, “I’m trying to watch all of the movies,” referring to the nine films nominated for Best Picture.

The other films nominated for Best Picture other than Lincoln and Playbook are Amour, Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Misérables, Life of Pi, and Zero Dark Thirty.

These three people did not just discuss the Best Picture award. The main acting awards were also hot topics.

“Daniel Day-Lewis and Anne Hathaway will win Best Actor and Actress,” Birkby said. Day-Lewis plays the title role in Lincoln, and Hathaway is one of the stars of Les Misérables. (Note: Hathaway is nominated for Best Supporting Actress, not Best Actress)

Myseth mentioned another star from Les Misérables, Hugh Jackman, when talking about Best Actor.

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

Jackman and Day-Lewis will be competing with Bradley Cooper (from Playbook), Joaquin Phoenix (The Master), and Denzel Washington (Flight) for Best Actor.

Hathaway is going up against Amy Adams (The Master), Sally Field (Lincoln), Helen Hunt (The Sessions), and Jacki Weaver (Playbook) for Best Supporting Actress.

The list of Oscar nominees in every category can be found here.

By Victor Flores

MW 2-3:50 p.m.

About Victor Flores

I am a sports journalist who has spent my whole career in the Intermountain West, first in Idaho and now in Montana at the Billings Gazette/406mtsports.com. I graduated from the University of Oregon in 2014.
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