The Academy Awards are just a couple days away, and this week on The Buzz we're taking a look at the underdogs of this year's race! Will Brad Pitt pull off an upset? Could The Help take best picture against front-runners The Artist and The Descendants? BuzzSugar's Becky Kirsch and Shannon Vestal and PopSugar's Molly Goodson are breaking it down for you. Take a look, and then tell us which award season dark horses you'd like to see win come Oscar night!View Transcript »
Hi and welcome to The Buzz, I'm Becky Kirsch and this is Shannon Vestal. Hey there. We are the editors of BuzzSugar and today we have a very special guest, Pop Sugar editor, Molly Goodson. Hi guys. Thanks for coming. Thanks for having me. In this week's episode we are talking about the Oscar underdogs to watch and we're going to tell you what their chances are of beating some of the biggest front runners of the night. We're getting ready for the Oscars. We just can't wait to see who's going to take home the awards, and even though there are some actors and actresses that seem like they're a lock, there are always some big upsets come Oscar night. Let's kick things off by taking a look at the Best Actress category. We've got Viola Davis and Meryl Streep, who have been dominating all award season long. But Shannon, do you think there could be an underdog? I do. And if it's anybody, I think it could be Michelle Williams for My Week with Marilyn. She is luminous in this role and she worked so hard to transform herself into Marilyn Monroe. I think that she might get recognized for that. I totally agree, plus she did win thatGlobe, which sometimes hints towards who's going to win the Oscar. Now let's take a look at the men nominated for Best Actor. We've got Jean Dujardin, who's been getting lots of awards for "The Artist" and George Clooney has also gotten a couple for "The Descendants," but I know Molly would love to see an upset in this category. Listen, "Moneyball" is an underdog story and Brad Pitt is the underdog of the Best Actor category. He's been out there campaigning so if they are giving out awards for that, he's a lock. Also who knows? He might come at a left field and hit a home run. You like all those baseball words I just used. Very good, very punny. Alright now, Shannon you actually have a lot of love for Gary Oldman. I do and I thought he was so fantastic in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," but the thing is, this is a great performance in a history of great performances from him, but this is his first Oscar nomination. And I think it's like right now they're like, looking up and taking notice of him. So, I think he might take it all the way and it could be this crazy upset. Octavia Spencer seems to be a lock for Best Supporting Actress but you never know what's so Shannon, if you had to put your money on someone else who would it be? For me it would be Janet McTeer for Albert Nobbs. She is not just a woman dressing as a man in this movie. She made this character completely three-dimensional. I thought she was even more impressive than Glenn Close in this movie, but the problem is not a lot of people thought Albert Nobbs so I doubt she's going to get it. But for people who did see it, they will understand that she's just so amazing in this. I'm also not putting any money on my pick, but how fun would it be to see Melissa McCarthy win. At least she'll get to go onstage when she presents with the rest of the "Bridesmaids" cast. But you guys don't really think Octavia Spencer's going this year? No, not really. All right, let's take a look at the Best Director category. "Hugo" and "The Artist" seem to be getting the most buzz, but there are so many talented men in this category. So Shannon, who would you like to see come from behind? I would love to see Woody Allen take it for "Midnight in Paris." He hasn't been nominated for an Oscar since '95, and he hasn't won an Oscar for best directing since "Annie Hall."my money, "Midnight in Paris" is his best film since "Annie Hall". It could be a tribute Oscar for him as much as it could be for Martin Scorsese. So, I think his chances are actually pretty even there. I also thought "Midnight in Paris" was lovely but I think this year Woody Allen has a better chance of winning the Best Original Screenplay Oscar. That's probably true. Now let's move on to Best Picture. You know, there's nine nominees this year, and even though "The Descendants" and "The Artist" have been winning the most awards, there's so many great films in this category. So Shannon, who's your underdog pick? I 'm going again with my love for "Midnight in Paris" just because I felt like it's everything film should be in the sense that it's a completely escapist film and I felt like we were just seeing Woody Allen's fantasy come to life. I thought it was lovely and I would just love to see it rewarded. "Midnight in Paris" would be really fun to see win, but in terms of what I think has the best chance of beating "The Descendants" and "The Artist", I have to go with "The Help". It's coming in off a strong SAG win and it's a movie with a message and we know the Academy loves that. I agree, I think "The Help" may even have a better chance of winning than "The Descendants" at this point, especially, you know, they just won the SAG, so they are definitely on a hot streak right now. We decided that "The Help" and Michelle Williams are viable dark horses that could pull off an upset come Oscar night, while favorites like Brad Pitt and Mellisa McCarthy might be more of a long shot. I'm just hoping that there are some surprises at all and we'll all find out on February 26th. And thanks again for stopping by, Molly and talking Oscars with us. And thanks for watching The Buzz.