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Once again, it is time to hand out that little golden man to the stars of the film industry. For the 85th time, the Oscars red carpet will be rolled out on Sunday in front of the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
The focus of the awards is usually on the big categories: Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Actress in Leading Roles, and Best Actor and Best Actress in Supporting Roles, where the competition seems to be fierce this year.
Of the nine nominees for Best Picture, many students feel that either Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" or Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" will take home the Oscar this year. "'Lincoln' was probably the best movie last year, but 'Django' was really good too," says Santa Monica College acting student Andrew Jones.
Fellow acting student Alyssa Piperis felt that 'Django' would win the award, because "it was great."
When it comes to the Best Actor award, Daniel Day-Lewis in "Lincoln" and Denzel Washington in "Flight" seem to be the favorites among students.
"I know it is a cliche, but Daniel Day-Lewis was really — I mean really — good," Jones says.
Acting student Tiger VanDervort's pick for Best Actor is Denzel Washington. "I really liked the scene where he visited his family, and then went out and met the media outside the house," he says. "To me, that was really good acting."
For Best Actress, Jessica Chastain in "Zero Dark Thirty" and Naomi Watts in "The Impossible" appear to be the two top picks among students.
"[Chastain] was absolutely great in 'Zero Dark Thirty,'" Piperis says.
"I would go with Naomi Watts," VanDervort says.
SMC student Nazgol Gorji believes Anne Hathaway has a good chance of being awarded her first Oscar for her supporting role in "Les Misérables."
"[Hathaway] was really good in Les Misérables," Gorji says. "She deserves an Oscar."
But the Academy Awards would not be complete without some Oscar snubs.
Ben Affleck, the recipient of the Best Director award for "Argo" at this year's Golden Globes, is not nominated in the same category at the Oscars.
SMC student and film enthusiast Michael Lim says that he wishes Leonardo DiCaprio were nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in "Django."
"He played a much harder part than Christoph Waltz, even though he was really good too," Lim says.
And when it comes to Best Picture, VanDervort has a different pick in mind.
"'Argo' and 'Lincoln' were good, but I would have wanted 'Flight' nominated," VanDervort says.
Only time will tell which movies and actors will take home awards on Sunday.