Sunday, February 22, 2009

Yet Another Tired Oscar Predictions Post

Like many similarly unqualified bloggers, I hereby offer my own predictions for the Academy Awards. As always, these predictions are for amusement only. Any money wagered and lost based on the following is solely the responsibility of the reader.

Edited after the awards to show the results. I went a disappointing 14-10, not nearly enough to win any respectable Oscar pool. But I nailed all of the Big 8, which I don't think I've ever done before.

BEST PICTURE
Slumdog Millionaire
The prohibitive favorite.

BEST DIRECTOR
Danny Boyle
It takes a lot for the Best Picture winner to not also win this category.

BEST ACTOR
Sean Penn
He was better than Mickey Rourke, but I'd much rather watch Mickey Rourke give a speech.

BEST ACTRESS
Kate Winslet
Not her best work, but it's her turn. It's a shame, because Anne Hathaway was fantastic.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Heath Ledger
I hate when awards are given for sympathy, but in this case Ledger is the strongest in a very weak crop of nominees.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Penelope Cruz
This was the hardest one to pick. I would not be surprised at all if Viola Davis or Marisa Tomei win.

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Milk
My favorite movie of the year, Wall-E, has a shot.

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Slumdog Millionaire
My second favorite movie of the year, Frost/Nixon, gets shut out.

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Wall-E
This category is like Mike Tyson beating up third-graders.

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Slumdog Millionaire
Personally I'd pick The Dark Knight, but this is still a worthy winner.

BEST ART DIRECTION
The Dark Knight
Sometimes Best Picture snubs clean up in the minor categories. Sometimes they even deserve it, like this one.

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
The Duchess
Always go with the period epic. I would vote for Revolutionary Road, however.

BEST FILM EDITING
The Dark Knight
The Best Picture winner usually has an advantage here, but I feel that the Academy really wants to recognize this movie.

BEST MAKEUP
The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
A lot of the transformation was via visual effects instead of makeup, but that won't matter.

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Iron Man
Three guys with multiple nominations and wins. Also, it was the best. And my friend Susan worked on the visual effects crew, so I want it to win.

BEST SCORE
Slumdog Millionaire
There are some heavy hitters in this category, but Hollywood has a current infatuation with Bollywood. Call this pick a hunch.

BEST SONG
"Down To Earth" from Wall-E
The two Slumdog songs will cancel each other out. And Springsteen's snub helps.

BEST SOUND EDITING
Iron Man
Christopher Boyes is a multiple winner. That makes the difference for me in a wide open category.

BEST SOUND MIXING
Wall-E
Ben Burtt is also a multiple winner. So why didn't I pick Wall-E for Sound Editing? Beats me.

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
The Garden
Man On Wire is the one everybody has heard of, but The Garden has local appeal to Angelenos.

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
The Conscience Of Nhem En
Bereft of a nominee about the Holocaust this year, it was difficult to choose a winner in this category.

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM
Presto
The short film categories are always just educated guesses. Pixar made this film, which is all the education I needed.

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
Spielzeugland (Toyland)
The Holocaust Corollary makes the choice for me.

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Waltz With Bashir
It's doing great business at the box office, which is important in this category.

7 metawords:

Dr Zibbs said...

Pretty good list. I'm watching it as I type.

I think this has been the worst year for movies in years. I do agree with S Dog for best picture. And the amazing thing is that for such a great movie, there were no great performances that stood out. Except the kids were pretty good.

Cora said...

Wall-E was your favorite movie of the year? That was mine too. I thought it was amazing.

SouthernBelle said...

Wall-E = pretty much most adorable movie ever.

Thanks! I didn't even try to watch the Oscars and you've saved me the embarrassment of not knowing the winners!

BeckEye said...

"This category is like Mike Tyson beating up third-graders."

HEY! I happened to like "Bolt" very much, jerky. I haven't seen "Wall-E" yet. But I'm sure I will soon. My roommate bought it to give away as the Oscar ballot prize, and she ended up winning, so now we have it. I came in 2nd, which beats the last time I played the guessing game two years ago. I came in dead last and left that party with the booby prize - a copy of "Baby's Day Out."

words words words said...

Beckeye - Was Baby's Day Out the dawning of your love for Joey Pants? That would make your horrible failure into a sweet story.

red said...

Best Supporting Actor was not a weak crop of nominees. All of the nominees were truly fantastic. Stop telling lies.

Malcolm said...

Although I was hoping Mickey Rourke would win, I'm kinda glad now that Sean took home the Oscar. I think his acceptance speech was the funniest he's been since the Reagan administration.