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Chicago International Film Festival Oscar® picks, favorites and snubs!

Like many of you, the Oscar® telecast is our Superbowl - for the past year we’ve watched all of the ‘teams’, ‘coaches’, and ‘players’ and we can’t wait to root for our favorites during the big game on February 26th (show will be telecast on ABC at 6pm CST). Each staff member chose Oscar® favorites, picks or snubs - read below to see if you agree or disagree!

Michael Kutza, Founder and Artistic Director

My favorites:
Best Picture - The Artist (Thomas Langmann, Producer)
Actor in a Leading Role - Brad Pitt (Moneyball)
Actress in a Leading Role - Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn)
Actor in a Supporting Role - Christopher Plummer (Beginners)
Directing - Martin Scorsese (Hugo)
Documentary Feature - Pina (Wim Wenders and Gian-Piero Ringel)
Foreign Language Film - A Separation (Iran)

Mimi Plauché, Head of Programming

My favorites:
Best Picture - The Artist (Thomas Langmann, Producer)
Cinematography - Emmanuel Lubezki (Tree of Life)
Directing - Martin Scorsese (Hugo)
Documentary Feature - Pina (Wim Wenders and Gian-Piero Ringel)
Foreign Language Film - A Separation (Iran)

Vivian Teng, Managing Director

My favorites:
Best Picture - The Artist (Thomas Langmann, Producer)
Costume Design - Mark Bridges (The Artist)
Foreign Language Film - A Separation (Iran)
Writing (Adapted Screenplay) - John Logan (Hugo)
Writing (Original Screenplay) - Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris)

Cesar Cazares, Corporate Sponsorship Manager
My picks:
Best Picture - The Artist (Thomas Langmann, Producer)
Actor in a Leading Role - Jean Dujardin (The Artist)
Actress in a Leading Role - Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)
Writing (Adapted Screenplay) - John Logan (Hugo)
Writing (Original Screenplay) - Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris)


My picks:
Makeup - Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland (The Iron Lady)
Music (Original Song) - "Man or Muppet" Music and Lyrics by Bret McKenzie (The Muppets)
Sound Editing - Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl (Transformers: Dark of the Moon)
Sound Mixing - Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Peter J. Devlin (Transformers: Dark of the Moon)
Visual Effects - Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Matthew Butler and John Frazier (Transformers: Dark of the Moon)

 Rebecca Fons, Education Program Manager

My snubs:
Actor in a Supporting Role - Albert Brooks (Drive)
Actress in a Leading Role - Charlize Theron (Young Adult)
Actress in a Supporting Role - Shailene Woodley (The Descendants)
Music (Original Score) - Trent Reznor (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)
Writing (Original Screenplay) - Mike Mills (Beginners)

 Erin Payton, Marketing Manager

My picks:
Actor in a Leading Role - Jean Dujardin (The Artist)
Cinematography - Emmanuel Lubezki (Tree of Life)
Music (Original Score) - Alberto Iglesias (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)
Music (Original Song) - "Man or Muppet" Music and Lyrics by Bret McKenzie (The Muppets)
Writing (Original Screenplay) - Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris)