Has Mark Wahlberg spoiled the Oscars? Actor names several winners after revealing he has ‘inside information’
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
First it was Joan Collins, and now actor Mark Wahlberg is seemingly letting the cat out of the bag when it comes to Oscar winners on Sunday.
Wahlberg claimed that he has a friend at PricewaterhouseCoopers who has inside information about the awards.
‘It’s not a matter of who I want to win, it’s who I know is going to win,’ Wahlberg told the Huffington Post UK. ‘Because I’ve got a friend at PriceWaterhouse.’
And just like Joan hinted, the 40-year-old actor has declared that The Artist will win Best Picture at this Sunday’s highly coveted awards.
He also claims that the film’s male lead Jean Dujardin will take home Best Actor and The Help’s Viola Davis will win Best Actress.
And he didn’t stop there.
The former Calvin Klein model also says that the Best Supporting Actor accolade goes to Christopher Plummer for the Beginnners, and the Supporting Best Actress to Octavia Spencer for The Help.
Walhberg also predicted that Hugo will scoop the pool when it comes to other awards on the night.
He says that the family film will take home three big ones.
‘…they will win Best Costume, Production and Cinematography,’ he said.
Wahlberg’s information may be well be right on the mark.
PricewaterhouseCoopers have been hired by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the 78th year in a row to count it’s Oscar ballots.
Wahlberg’s surety could only mean that the action star is friends with one of only two ballot leaders, who are the only ones who know who win’s what.
The duo are responsible for putting the winner’s envelopes in two heavily guarded suitcases, which are then ferried to the ceremony in two top secret routes.
Wahlberg’ revelations come after actress Joan Collins may have also seemingly let the cat out of the bag at the Montblanc Vanity Fair Party in Bel Air earlier this week.
Female winners: Wahlberg says The Help’s Viola Davis will win Best Actress and Octavia Spencer will win Best Supporting Actress
When asked by Entertainment Tonight about her own Oscars predictions, the 78-year-old Dynasty star said: ‘Oh yes, but I’m not going to tell you.’
However when she continued it appeared that she gave an all knowing hint.
‘I’m a voter, so I’m not allowed to say. But I think it’s called The Artist.’
Collins is a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), among many other motion picture professionals.
Winners in each category are decided after all members vote.
The Artist has proved the surprise success of the year and is a favourite to sweep the award this weekend.
Male winners: He similarly says that The Artist’s Jean Dujardin will scoop Best Actor and Christopher Plummer will score Best Supporting Actor for his role in the Beginners
The film has already taken home four Golden Globes, one Screen Actors Guild award and a whopping seven BAFTAs.
The French silent film is set in the 1920s, waltzed away with four awards at the Golden Globes, including the top accolade of Best Picture.
It also took honours for best score, costume design and director for Michel Hazanavicius, who, as he collected the award joked in English that he made the film because, ‘I don’t like to speak so much’.
He was joined by producer Thomas Langmann, as they collected the Best Picture award for the black-and-white movie, which pays homage to the silent-film era.
The Mail’s film critic, Chris Tookey calls it ‘a work of genius: witty, sophisticated and blessedly original’.
The Artist tells the story of a star of the silent screen in late Twenties Hollywood called George Valentin, (played by the unknown Jean Dujardin), a man who can’t resist a curtain call (always taking three bows too many).
And then along come the talkies, a development George contemptuously dismisses.
Not so for pretty Peppy Miller, an ingenue dancer, played with fresh-faced charm by 35-year-old Franco-Argentinian actress, Berenice Bejo, (the wife, incidentally, of director Michel Hazanavicus).
She becomes one of talking pictures’ most luminous names as George sinks into oblivion, seeking solace in hard liquor.