Fall Has Arrived, Which Means...Time To Start Predicting The Oscars!

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Summer is over. The Emmys have passed. Football season is starting. All of these things mean, of course, it's time to start boning up on your Oscar's predictions.
What? That's worse than Christmas shopping before Halloween, you say? Nay, we disagree: The art of preparing for, predicting, and having adequate conversation about the Oscars should be finely honed, and it is never too soon to start thinking about who will take the golden man home. And besides, it's fun.
So, instead of going the traditional "best actor/actress, yadda yadda" route, we've made the predictions based on the stuff we really want to know: Who might host? What would we like to see on the red carpet? Which ways will Woody Allen get out of not showing up again this year? Of course, the Oscars are nothing without dark horses, so share with us some surprising picks we might have overlooked. Go on. We dare you.
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Photos (clockwise from top left): Courtesy of The Weinstein Company, Gloss Studio, Working Title Films, Fox Searchlight, Brandywine Productions, Indian Paintbrush.
Oscar Buzz 1
THE #OSCARS GET COOL
Most Clever Way The Academy Will Appeal To The "Kids"
Cosmopolis and/or On The Road might get some screenplay writing/adapting love, meaning a K. Stew/R. Pattz appearance and increased ratings.
Reason For An Impromptu LCD Soundsystem Reunion:
Shut Up And Play The Hits
And Because We Do This Every Year Hoping He'll Show Up:
To Rome With Love
Movie We Know Won't Get Nominated But We Are Rooting For, Anyway:
Moonrise Kingdom
Via: Alfama Films/ Prospero Productions, Pulse Films, Sony Pictures Classics, and Focus Features.
Oscar Buzz 2
FESTIVE LEANINGS
Festival Gems That We're Boning Up On Before Nominees Are Announced:
Beasts Of The Southern Wild (Sundance)
The Master (Venice)
Amour (Cannes)
Midnight's Children (Toronto)
Via: Fox Searchlight Pictures, The Weinstein Company, Sony Pictures Classics, and 20th Century Fox.
Oscar Buzz 3
WATERCOOLER FODDER
The Film Everyone Will Be Talking About:
Django Unchained
This'll Be Nominated For Something Because The Academy Needs These Guys To Show Up:
Seven Psychopaths
Best Reason For Hugh Jackman To Host:
Lés Miserables
Nomination We Most Want So We Can See The Red-Carpet Attire:
Perks Of Being A Wallflower
Via: Columbia Pictures, CBS Films, Universal Pictures, Summit Entertainment.
Oscar Buzz 4
THE WINNER'S CIRCLE
Most Obvious Push That Says The Academy Still Has A Soft Spot For Tearjerkers:
Won't Back Down
Cross-Our-Fingers Best Doc?
The Eye Has To Travel, the portrait of Diana Vreeland
No-Duh Best Actor Nod:
Joaquin Phoenix for The Master or Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln
Proof That Jennifer Lawrence's Winter's Bone Nom Wasn't A Fluke:
Silver Linings Playbook
Via Walden Media, Gloss Studios, and The Weinstein Company.
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