Update: My picks have been corrected with the winners inserted. Check it out below.
Alright folks. Its that time of the year! As someone that loves the movies, I truly enjoy the fanfare and pageantry of Oscar night. Although I will most certainly yell at the t.v. at some point tonight, I still enjoy the award’s show. I commented on a previous post on the silliness of the change in the number nominations for best picture so I’ll keep it simple with my picks. I’m going to reserve my commentary for the main categories.
Best Picture: Of all the nominees in this category, I liked “Up in the Air” the most. Yet I think James Cameron brings this one home. I don’t think it was a better movie than Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker.” But the movie is still quite the accomplishment. Avatar was a game-changer as far as m0vie-making goes, even if it was utterly boring at times. Prediction: Avatar
Actress in a Leading Role: I could watch Meryl Streep read the phone book. So it wouldn’t be a shock if she brought an Oscar home for her portrayal of Julia Child in “Julie & Julia.” But I think Sandra Bullock’s got the wind at her back. Prediction: Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side)
Actor in a Leading Role: Arguably the surest bet in the game. Prediction: Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart)
Actor in a Supporting Role: Okay scratch that. THIS is the surest bet in the game. Prediction: Christoph Waltz (Inglorious Basterds). One of the most compelling villains I’ve ever seen in a movie; no joke.
Actress in a Supporting Role: Vera Farmiga does a bang-up job opposite George Clooney in “Up in the Air.” But I enjoyed Anna Kendrick’s performance a tiny bit better. Still, they both paled in comparison to Mo’Nique. Prediction: Mo’Nique. (Precious)
Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow edges out her ex-hubbie James Cameron (Avatar) and Quentin Tarantino (Inglorious Basterds) with one of the best movies I’ve ever seen about war. With so many stories already told about the Iraq War, Bigelow figured out a way to make this one riveting. Prediction: Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker)
In full disclosure I have not seen every movie that’s been nominated so some of these are educated guesses.
Animated Feature Film: Up
Art Direction: Avatar
Cinematography: The Hurt Locker Avatar
Costume Design: The Young Victoria
Documentary: Food Inc. The Cove
Documentary Short: The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant
Film Editing: Inglorious Basterds The Hurt Locker
Foreign Language Film: The White Ribbon (Das Weisse Band) The Secret in their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)
Makeup: Star Trek
Music (Original Score): Up
Music (Original Song): The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)
Short Film (Animated): A Matter of Loaf and Death (completely random guess) Logorama
Short Film (Live Action): The Door The New Tenants
Sound Editing: Avatar The Hurt Locker
Sound Mixing: Avatar The Hurt Locker
Visual Effects: Avatar
Adapted Screenplay: Jason Reitman & Sheldon Turner (Up in the Air) Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire
Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino (Inglorious Basterds) The Hurt Locker