MY OSCAR PICKS

I realized that I should have posted this days ago, but it’s been crazy here, and I forgot. Just in case anyone reads this before the Oscars, here are my picks, and the movies I want to win (not necessarily the same thing) for Oscar Night.

BEST PICTURE

“Avatar”
“The Hurt Locker”
“Precious: Based on the novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
“Up in the Air”
“Inglourious Basterds”
“Up”
“The Blind Side”
“District 9”
“An Education”
“A Serious Man”

For some reason, they expanded the list of Best Picture nominees to 10 this year. This is way too many.

Who Will Win: “The Hurt Locker”

Who I Want to Win:“Inglorious Basterds.” I’m pulling for Tarantino to win as many awards as possible, but I don’t think that will be too many.

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ACTOR

George Clooney, “Up in the Air”
Jeff Bridges, “Crazy Heart”
Colin Firth, “A Single Man”
Morgan Freeman, “Invictus”
Jeremy Renner, “The Hurt Locker”

Who Will Win: Jeff Bridges. The way everyone is talking, this is pretty much a done deal. I’m not sure how good “Crazy Heart” sounds (the storyline didn’t excite me too much or get me to go see it yet). But Bridges is a terrific actor who hasn’t gotten the recognition he deserves. So I have no problem with this.

Who I Want To Win: Jeff Bridges. Some people are comparing this role in “Crazy Heart” to Mickey Rourke’s role in last year’s “The Wrestler.” I guess because both movies are about men growing older and moving further away from their glory years. But “Crazy Heart” is not a comeback movie. Bridges never went anywhere. He’s been making movies steadily for a long time now, and he’s never won an Oscar – which is embarassing.

I still wish he’d won for “The Big Lebowski.”  But I’d be happy to see him win for this. If not him, then definitely Jeremy Renner, who was amazing in “The Hurt Locker.”

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ACTRESS

Meryl Streep, “Julie & Julia”
Sandra Bullock, “The Blind Side”
Gabourey Sidibe, “Precious: Based on the novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
Helen Mirren, “The Last Station”
Carey Mulligan, “An Education”

Who Will Win: Sandra Bullock.

Who I Want to Win: Carey Mulligan for “An Education” would be nice. Or even Gabourey Sidibe for “Precious,”  but it sounds like Bullock has it wrapped up. I can’t believe that Sandra Bullock might win an Oscar.

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SUPPORTING ACTOR

Matt Damon, “Invictus”
Woody Harrelson, “The Messenger”
Christopher Plummer, “The Last Station”
Stanley Tucci, “The Lovely Bones”
Christoph Waltz, “Inglourious Basterds”

Who Will Win: Christoph Walz for “Inglorious Basterds.”

Who I Want to Win: If “Inglorious Basterds” wins anything, it will be for this category.

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SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Vera Farmiga, “Up in the Air”
Mo’Nique, “Precious”
Anna Kendrick, “Up in the Air”
Penelope Cruz, “Nine”
Maggie Gyllenhaal, “Crazy Heart”

Who Will Win: Mo’Nique

Who I Want to Win: Even though I’ve been on a Penelope Cruz kick lately, I avoided “Nine.”  I can’t stand musicals. Even with her and Daniel Day-Lewis in it. I like Vera Farmiga a lot, too, but she won’t win for this movie.

I’d be happy if  Mo’Nique got it.

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DIRECTOR

Quentin Tarantino, “Inglourious Basterds”
Kathryn Bigelow, “The Hurt Locker”
James Cameron, “Avatar”
Lee Daniels, “Precious: Based on the novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
Jason Reitman, “Up in the Air”

Who Will Win: Kathryn Bigelow.

Who I Want to Win: I’m on “Team Quentin” so I say “Inglorious Basterds” all the way. But if Bigelow wins it, she’s a great second choice. I still think her movie “Near Dark” was a great vampire flick, and I’ve been a fan of her as a director for awhile now. And “The Hurt Locker” is really good.

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ANIMATED FEATURE

“Up”
“Coraline”
“Fantastic Mr. Fox”
“The Princess and the Frog”
“The Secret of Kells”

Who Will Win: “Up”

Who I Want to Win: I thought “Coraline” was terrific. But it’s probably too quirky for most Oscar voters.

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ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

“The Hurt Locker”
“Inglourious Basterds”
“The Messenger”
“A Serious Man”
“Up”

Who Will Win: Could be “The Hurt Locker” or “Inglorious Basterds”

Who I Want to Win: I’d love to see Tarantino get it for this one.

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ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

“District 9”
“An Education”
“In the Loop”
“Precious”
“Up in the Air”

Who Will Win: “Precious”

Who I Want to Win: I’d love to see “District 9” get something! But I doubt it.

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BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM

“Ajami”
“El Secreto de Sus Ojos”
“The Milk of Sorrow”
“Un Prophete”
“The White Ribbon”

Who Will Win: Maybe “The White Ribbon.”

Who I Want to Win: I haven’t seen the movies, but I’d be happy if the great Michael Haneke got it for “The White Ribbon.” I also hear “A Prophet”  is really good.

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BEST FILM EDITING

“Avatar”
“District 9”
“The Hurt Locker”
“Inglourious Basterds”
“Precious”

Who Will Win: “The Hurt Locker”

Who I Want to Win: “Inglorious Basterds”

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BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

“Burma VJ”
“The Cove”
“Food, Inc.”
“The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers”
“Which Way Home”

Who Will Win: “Food, Inc.” It seems to be the one getting the most buzz.

Who I Want to Win: “The Cove,” about the killing of dolphins by Japanese fishermen, sounds a lot more interesting to me. But it probably won’t win.

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ART DIRECTION

“Avatar”
“The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus”
“Nine”
“Sherlock Holmes”
“The Young Victoria

Who Will Win: “Avatar”

Who I Want to Win: “Avatar” probably deserves every technical award it’s nominated for. But the story was dopey.

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CINEMATOGRAPHY

“Avatar”
“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”
“The Hurt Locker”
“Inglourious Basterds”
“The White Ribbon”

Who Will Win: “Avatar” or “The Hurt Locker”

Who I Want to Win: “Inglorious Basterds”

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Let’s see how I do tomorrow.

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One Response to “MY OSCAR PICKS”

  1. Nice job, Lauran. Had most of them pegged!

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