The Oscars are this Sunday. Who do you think is going to win?
Avatar The Blind Side District 9 An Education The Hurt Locker Inglourious Basterds Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire A Serious Man Up Up in the Air
Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker James Cameron, Avatar Lee Daniels, Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire Jason Reitman, Up in the Air Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds
Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart George Clooney, Up in the Air Colin Firth, A Single Man Morgan Freeman, Invictus Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker
Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side Helen Mirren, The Last Station Carey Mulligan, An Education Gabourey Sidibe, Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Matt Damon, Invictus Woody Harrelson, The Messenger Christopher Plummer, The Last Station Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Penélope Cruz, Nine Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air Maggie Gyllenhaal, Crazy Heart Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air Mo'Nique, Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:
The Hurt Locker by Mark Boal Inglourious Basterds by Quentin Tarantino The Messenger by Alessandro Camon and Oren Moverman A Serious Man by Joel and Ethan Coen Up by Pete Docter and Bob Petersen
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:
District 9 by Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell (based on the short film Alive in Joburg by Neill Blomkamp) An Education by Nick Hornby (based on the memoir An Education by Lynn Barber) Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire by Geoffrey Fletcher (based on the novel Push by Sapphire) Up in the Air by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner (based on the novel Up in the Air by Walter Kirn) In the Loop by Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Ian Martin and Tony Roche (based on the BBC television series The Thick of It created by Armando Iannucci)
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE:
Coraline Fantastic Mr. Fox The Princess and the Frog The Secret of Kells Up
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE:
Burma VJ The Cove Food, Inc. The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers Which Way Home
BEST ANIMATED SHORT:
French Roast Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte) Logorama A Matter of Loaf and Death
BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT:
The Door Instead of Abracadabra Kavi Miracle Fish The New Tenants
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT:
China's Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant Music by Prudence Rabbit à la Berlin
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:
Ajami (Israel) Un prophète (A Prophet) (France) Los secretos do sus ojos (The Secret of Their Eyes) (Argentina) La teta asustada (The Milk of Sorrow) (Peru) Das weiße Band (The White Ribbon) (Germany)
BEST ART DIRECTION:
Avatar: Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg (art decoration), Kim Sinclair (set decoration) The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus: Dave Warren and Anastasia Masaro (art decoration), Caroline Smith (set decoration) Nine: John Myhre (art decoration), Gordon Sim (set decoration) Sherlock Holmes: Sarah Greenwood (art decoration), Katie Spencer (set decoration) The Young Victoria: Patrice Vermette (art decoration), Maggie Gray (set decoration)
Avatar: Mauro Fiore Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Bruno Delbonnel The Hurt Locker: Barry Ackroyd Inglourious Basterds: Robert Richardson Das weiße Band (The White Ribbon): Christian Berger
BEST COSTUME DESIGN:
Bright Star: Janet Patterson Coco avant Chanel (Coco Before Chanel): Catherine Leterrier The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus: Monique Prudhomme Nine: Colleen Atwood The Young Victoria: Sandy Powell
BEST FILM EDITING:
Avatar: Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua and James Cameron District 9: Julian Clarke The Hurt Locker: Bob Murawski and Chris Innis Inglourious Basterds: Sally Menke Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire: Joe Klotz
Il Divo: Aldo Signoretti and Vittorio Sodano Star Trek: Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow The Young Victoria: Jon Henry Gordon and Jenny Shircore
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE:
Avatar: James Horner Fantastic Mr. Fox: Alexandre Desplat The Hurt Locker: Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders Sherlock Holmes: Hans Zimmer Up: Michael Giacchino
BEST ORIGINAL SONG:
"Almost There" from The Princess and the Frog: music/lyric by Randy Newman "Down in New Orleans" from The Princess and the Frog: music/lyric by Randy Newman "Loin de Paname" from Faubourg 36 (Paris 36): music by Reinhardt Wagner, lyric by Frank Thomas "Take It All" from Nine: music/lyric by Maury Yeston "The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)" from Crazy Heart: music/lyric by Ryan Bingham and T-Bone Burnett
BEST SOUND EDITING:
Avatar: Christopher Boyes and Gwendolyn Yates Whittle The Hurt Locker: Paul N.J. Ottosson Inglourious Basterds: Wylie Stateman Star Trek: Mark Stoeckinger and Alan Rankin Up: Michael Silvers and Tom Myers
BEST SOUND MIXING:
Avatar: Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson and Tony Johnson The Hurt Locker: Paul N.J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett Inglourious Basterds: Michael Minkler, Tony Lamberti and Mark Ulano Star Trek: Anna Behlmer, Andy Nelson and Peter J. Devlin Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers and Geoffrey Patterson
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: Avatar: Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones District 9: Dan Kaufman, Peter Muyzers, Robert Habros and Matt Aitken Star Trek: Roger Guyett, Russell Earl, Paul Kavanagh and Burt Dalton
I saw all the Best Picture nominees, with the exception of The Blind Side (I can't stand Sandra Bullock). The Hurt Locker should win Best Picture and Jeremy Renner Best Actor, but it isn't as flashy or commercial as all that other crap. Precious is so damn heavy, I don't believe 90% of the voters watched it.
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Best Picture- Up in the Air Best Director- Jason Reitman Best Actor- Jeff Bridges Best Actress- The one from "Precious" Best Supporting Actor- Christopher Waltz Best Supporting Actress- MoNiQue Best Original Screenplay- The Hurt Locker Best Adapted Screenplay- Up in the Air Best Animated- Up Best Documentary- Food, Inc. (I am starting to stretch it here. I have no idea what these movies are.) In order now because I am sicking of typing "Best" French Roast Miracle Fish Music by Prudence The French One Avatar (should sweep all visual categories) Avatar Nine District 9 Star Trek Avatar The Theme from Crazy Heart Star Trek Avatar
2009-10 Fantasy Football Champion (Wienerville Sloppy Seconds)
2009-10 Fantasy Football Champion (Wienerville War Room)
Dead Last (Wiener Bowl III)
I predict that Up in the Air will get shafted completely, and therefore I will be pissed as I thought it was the best movie of the year.
My only reckless prediction is that Coraline upsets Up for Best Animated Feature.
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BEST PICTURE, BEST DIRECTOR, BEST ACTOR, BEST ACTRESS, BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR, BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS, BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY, BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY, BEST ANIMATED FEATURE, BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE, BEST ANIMATED SHORT, BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT, BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT, BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM, BEST ART DIRECTION, BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY, BEST COSTUME DESIGN, BEST FILM EDITING, BEST MAKEUP, BEST ORIGINAL SCORE, BEST ORIGINAL SONG, BEST SOUND EDITING, BEST SOUND MIXING, BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: Which/whoever best symbolizes or exemplifies the annoying political issue that Hollywood wants to harp on this year.
I hate the Politicals...I mean, the Oscars.
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Originally posted by BoromirMarkBEST PICTURE, BEST DIRECTOR, BEST ACTOR, BEST ACTRESS, BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR, BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS, BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY, BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY, BEST ANIMATED FEATURE, BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE, BEST ANIMATED SHORT, BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT, BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT, BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM, BEST ART DIRECTION, BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY, BEST COSTUME DESIGN, BEST FILM EDITING, BEST MAKEUP, BEST ORIGINAL SCORE, BEST ORIGINAL SONG, BEST SOUND EDITING, BEST SOUND MIXING, BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: Which/whoever best symbolizes or exemplifies the annoying political issue that Hollywood wants to harp on this year.
I hate the Politicals...I mean, the Oscars.
2000: Gladiator. POLITICAL ISSUE: Roman occupation of Germany. 2001: A Beautiful Mind. POLITICAL ISSUE: The CIA's use of hallucinations in the Cold War. 2002: Chicago. POLITICAL ISSUE: Women ain't nothing but trouble, amiright? 2003: Return of the King. POLITICAL ISSUE: Faulty intelligence lead to invasion of Mordor (Sauron had no WMDs). 2004: Million Dollar Baby. POLITICAL ISSUE: Foxy boxing. 2005: Crash. POLITICAL ISSUE: Having sex in cars. 2006: The Departed. POLITICAL ISSUE: Fitness freaks that are anti-smoking. 2007: No Country for Old Men. POLITICAL ISSUE: Dog killing. 2008: Slumdog Millionaire. POLITICAL ISSUE: Corruption in game shows.
Seriously, though, max 2-3 of those could actually be described as "political" in some respect, and one of them, "Million Dollar Baby", was made by notorious hippie Clint Eastwood.
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I've heard a lot of people say that Bullock's nomination is a "body of work" nod.
I guess I ought to give my picks, too.
BEST PICTURE: The Hurt Locker (probably between this and Avatar and I don't know if I could stomach it if that one won) BEST DIRECTOR: Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker BEST ACTOR: Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart (near lock) BEST ACTRESS: Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia (between her and Bullock, and I didn't care for The Blind Side) BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds (lock) BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Mo'Nique, Precious (lock) BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: The Hurt Locker by Mark Boal (I'd give it to Tarantino, but it seems to be The Hurt Locker's year) BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Up in the Air by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner BEST FOREIGN FEATURE: Das weiße Band (Germany) (it got nominated in another category, too, so the Academy must really like it) BEST ANIMATED FEATURE: Up (lock) BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: Food, Inc. (between this and The Cove) BEST ANIMATED SHORT: A Matter of Loaf and Death (it's Wallace and Gromit, how can it lose?) BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT: The New Tenants (based solely on the title - I hope to watch the animated and live-action shorts this week after they're released on iTunes tomorrow) BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT: The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant (probably topical) BEST ART DIRECTION: The Young Victoria BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: The Hurt Locker BEST COSTUME DESIGN: The Young Victoria (Powell's won in this category before) BEST FILM EDITING: The Hurt Locker BEST MAKEUP: Star Trek (token nod to non-Avatar sci-fi) BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: Up (gut feeling) BEST ORIGINAL SONG: "The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)" BEST SOUND EDITING: Avatar BEST SOUND MIXING: Avatar BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: Avatar
I'm just doing the major nominees because I'm so very lazy.
BEST PICTURE:Inglourious Basterds. That's right. In addition to the ten nominees, the Academy is doing runoff voting for Best Picture for the first time, with everyone casting a total of five votes. Meaning that while Avatar is going to get a lot of first place votes, it's going to get a lot of people who don't vote for it at all, and meaning something that gets a lot of second or third place votes can sneak in and win the award. Just as likely to be The Hurt Locker, but I have almost 20-year hardon for Tarantino so I'm hoping it's him.
BEST DIRECTOR: Saint James of Cameron because, really, they're making sure that overrated asshat goes home with something big.
ALL FOUR ACTING CATEGORIES: What everyone says. The four of them are called locks for a reason, for the most part - although Sandra Bullock being anywhere near an Academy Award field is ab-fucking-surd (and if you call it a "body of work" nod, then it makes even less sense.)
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:Inglourious Basterds
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Was Precious an adaptation? You'd think they'd credit the novelist once in a while. Doesn't matter - this'll be what Up In The Air wins, although I'll be pulling for District 9.
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE:Up is pretty much a lock - a deserving one since it's, you know, the best movie of 2009 - but I wouldn't be 100% shocked (or completely heartbroken, if only because Pixar's gotta be using these things as paperweights by now) if Fantastic Mr. Fox steals it.
AVATAR might nick Picture, but Cameron's done as a contender for Director. Aside from the Globes, which are almost an irrelevance, Bigelow has won everything going. Plus, first female winner - history made right there.
I pretty much side with all Peter the Hegemon's picks.
Originally posted by Amos CochranAVATAR might nick Picture, but Cameron's done as a contender for Director. Aside from the Globes, which are almost an irrelevance, Bigelow has won everything going. Plus, first female winner - history made right there.
I pretty much side with all Peter the Hegemon's picks.
I'm just using Zero Punctuation's expectation system: expect the worst on the off chance that I might be pleasantly surprised.
Are people who're picking BASTERDS picking it because they want it to win, or because they think it will? Because it's clearly the best in both top categories, but I don't think it has anything other than an outside shot at Picture and no hope at all in Director.
I want it to win and I am thinking it deserves to win. As of now, the "buzz" is all about the Hurt Locker which I can see winning director, but not picture. Bastards is a nice combination of storytelling with a message while still being action packed. Hurt Locker is more substance then flash and Avatar is all flash. If Star Wars didn't win then this winning would be an abortion. District 9 is not going anywhere due Avatar being the sci-fi film. UP is going to get animation as a consolidation. Blind Sight was the obvious chick choice. Up in the Air is too much comedy to win. An Education, Serious Man and Precious suffer from no one being able to see them and really people not really wanting to see it. I also have heard less then stellar reviews of Serious Man plus Coens already won for No Country. I pick Bastards, because even though it had a slow middle part, it was still the best flick I saw this year.
Only two weeks in, the show's only retaining about half of Lost's overall and A18-49 audiences (less than half for the latter). That's worse than what Invasion was doing this time last year. The outlook right now can't be good.