Yahoo! Movies taps a psychic to predict the Academy Awards

Thelma Adams
Yahoo! Movies Oscars Blog
21 February 2013

Daniel Day-Lewis: The universe may not have your back. Professional spiritual coach Juanita Paladino has some news for the "Lincoln" star: You are not a lock. The New Jersey resident uses psychic intuition to predict the 2013 Academy Awards. Her overall sense of the rise of "Argo" is that Ben Affleck has been an underdog for a while. Now, having "Argo" producer George Clooney at his side will make Affleck very lucky, as if he has his own personal planet Jupiter. Here are Paladino's predictions:

Best picture: "Argo." ("Ben Affleck has all the buzz now," Paladino told Yahoo! Movies. "The buzz was created by his not getting the best-director Oscar nomination. 'Argo' wasn't my favorite movie. To me, 'Silver Linings Playbook' should sweep the Oscars, but it's not going to.")

Best director: Ang Lee, "Life of Pi." ("Lee's work is superior, superb, and deserves to be recognized. His personality is a plus, too, absolutely. He's happy for anyone that wins, and that's when abundance comes to you.")

Best actor: Hugh Jackman, "Les Misérables." ("I had a psychic hit when they put that camera on Jackman's face, and he sang "Look Down" in the water. That's the one I'm most positive about, but I'm not God.")

Best actress: Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook." ("She did the best job of all the actresses nominated because her character was so complex and she pulled it off.")

Best supporting actor: Robert De Niro, "Silver Linings Playbook." ("De Niro deserves an Oscar. His character is so true to life. You could see the man felt the pain for his son. He got that out to the audience, the pain for his son's pain. Even though he was a degenerate gambler, although he couldn't control his gambling, he brought his son into that world so he could take care of both.")

Best supporting actress: Anne Hathaway, "Les Misérables." ("Anne did a great death scene. She had a difficult role, and I know she's gotten some criticisms, but I think she did the best that any actress can do in that role. As for her off-camera personality, I think she's a better actress than a true-life person. The real Anne Hathaway comes out in her real-life acting.")

In conclusion, Paladino hedged her predictions: "If I'm wrong, and Daniel Day-Lewis gets best actor, then all bets are off and 'Lincoln' will sweep, carrying best director and best supporting actress too."

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