The 2010 Oscar nominations have been announced, and with a month to go until the ceremony, it’s time to start wildly guessing who the winners will be.
Why wildly? Because I’ve only seen about half of the movies and performances nominated. Hey, I’m not made of time or money, people!
But I won’t let my lack of knowledge stop me from judging and forming opinions. It’s the American way.
“The Blind Side”
“The Hurt Locker”
“Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
“A Serious Man”
“Up in the Air”
Will Win: They may as well paint the Oscar statue blue it’s so obvious “Avatar” will win.
My Choice: How awesome would it have been if “The Hangover” had been nominated? It wouldn’t have won in a million years, but with the new 10-movie format, I would have loved it if it had landed one of the slots. I didn’t particularly *love* any of these movies (and only saw five of them), but I would pick “Up in the Air” for managing to be funny, heartbreaking, and timely, without be melodramatic or pandering.
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Actor in a Leading Role
Will Win: Barring a huge upset, Jeff Bridges has this pretty much locked.
My Choice: I do love me some (or a lot) Colin Firth, so I’d probably give it to him just to hear him give an acceptance speech.
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Actress in a Leading Role
Will Win: Even though heavy-hitters like Mirren and Streep are nominated (oh yeah, and Bullock *snort*), I think Gabourey Sidibe will be the winner.
My Choice: While I had mixed feelings about “Precious” as a whole, Sidibe was unbelievable in it and deserves to win. And judging by her talk show appearances, her acceptance speech should be awesome.
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Actor in a Supporting Role
Will Win: Christoph Waltz. He spoke four languages fluently, was an absolutely terrifying Nazi, yet was almost charming at times, and gives one of the best jubilant cries of “Bingo!” I’ve ever heard.
My Choice: Christoph Waltz. Again, he spoke four languages fluently, was an absolutely terrifying Nazi, yet was almost charming at times, and gives one of the best jubilant cries of “Bingo!” I’ve ever heard.
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Actress in a Supporting Role
Will Win: Mo’Nique has this in the bag. And every other lady in this category knows it.
My Choice: I loved Anna Kendrick back when she was in “Camp,” but I’m not going to deny that Mo’Nique deserves to win.
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Animated Feature Film
“Fantastic Mr. Fox”
“The Princess and the Frog”
“The Secret of Kells”
Will Win: “Up.” They should really just rename this category, “And the Oscar goes to Pixar.”
My Choice: “Up.” The reason Pixar always wins, is simply because their movies are just superior to the other choices.
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Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
“District 9” Written by Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell
“An Education” Screenplay by Nick Hornby
“In the Loop” Screenplay by Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell,
Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche
“Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher
“Up in the Air” Screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner
Will Win: This one is tricky to predict. It’ll probably be either “Precious” or “Up in the Air,” with my guess being “Up in the Air.”
My Choice: Making a detached character like Ryan Bingham sympathetic and relatable had to have been a daunting task, so I’d choose “Up in the Air.”
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Writing (Original Screenplay)
“The Hurt Locker” Written by Mark Boal
“Inglourious Basterds” Written by Quentin Tarantino
“The Messenger” Written by Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman
“A Serious Man” Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
“Up” Screenplay by Bob Peterson, Pete Docter,
Story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy
Will Win: Other than in the technical categories, this is probably the one shot “The Hurt Locker” has at winning. “Inglourious Basterds” might have a shot, but I think the number of plot holes and unanswered questions might hurt its chances, making “The Hurt Locker” the winner.
My Choice: Despite its flaws, “Inglourious Basterds” was a more verbose movie than “The Hurt Locker,” so I would think it more deserving of a writing award.
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Will Win: As much as everyone seems to want to pit amicable exes Cameron and Bigelow against each other (despite the fact neither seems even remotely interested in competing and they have only good things to say about each other’s movies), Cameron will no doubt win for “Avatar.”
My Choice: I’m in the major minority here in that I don’t care about “Avatar.” I’d either give it to Reitman because I have a bit of a crush on him, or Tarantino because he’s so wonderfully weird, or Bigelow because she proves that women can be interested in movies that aren’t about weddings or makeovers.
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So there they are, my predictions for the 2010 Oscars. Will I score 100 percent like I did last year? We’ll find out on March 7.
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