Scene from Oscar nominated animated feature film "Kung Fu Panda 2"

Scene from Oscar nominated animated feature film "Kung Fu Panda 2" (Dreamworks / January 24, 2012)

The Oscars are serious — important people making important, relevant, thought-provoking movies about race, marital relations, horses and Owen Wilson seeing dead Parisians. The dresses and jewelry are beyond fancy. The tuxes are bespoke. Sidney Poitier and Steven Spielberg are usually there. Serious stuff.

Except this year, Melissa McCarthy is nominated for s---ting in a sink.

Nothing against McCarthy; she's hilarious. But in honor of her garnering the rare Oscar-considers-a-comedy-a-real-film nomination, we decided to do our annual Oscar predictions panel a bit differently. This year, we enlisted some of our favorite funny people to give their picks for who they think should win in the major categories when the Oscars are handed out at 8:30 p.m. Sunday (WMAR/ABC). Forget the actual quality of the performance, the awards won leading up to the ceremony ... you know, who deserves it the most. We asked them to go with their irreverently random gut.

And, really, all we wanted to possibly do is make Rooney Mara crack a smile. — Jordan Bartel

Best Picture

"The Artist"

"The Descendants"

"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"

"The Help"


"Midnight in Paris"


"The Tree of Life."

"War Horse"

Casey Wilson: My pick is "Bridesmaids"! I'm sad it wasn't nominated, so glad Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig were though. More on that later!

Sarah Colonna: "The Artist" should win because it represents a time when people wore really good outfits and men had manners, or at least pretended to. I also appreciate that it's a silent film so even if someone isn't actually interested in seeing the movie, they can still totally go and take a nap in a place with nice air conditioning.

Rich Vos: "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close." Finally a movie about my sex life gets the recognition it deserves.

Jason Weems: "The Help." Any movie with Cicely Tyson in it when an award is being presented during Black History Month has to win. The legislation was signed into law after "Blacula" wasn't nominated in 1973.

Heather Moyer: Definitely "Midnight in Paris," because watching Rachel McAdams fall in love with a horse during World War I was super romantic.

Evan Siple: "The Descendants." It has been a while since we got a really good, blowhardy Cloondawg speech/ I need to be reminded again why Priuses are superior cars for the environment. Make it happen!