Saturday, February 21, 2009

Oscar Predictions or How the Race comes to an end!


Snore. Wake me up when it's over.

Thank god for Hugh Jackman or else I'd ALMOST consider NOT watching the Oscars this Sunday... 

I steer within "consensus" for many of these, but what are predictions if not a place where we have the opportunity to be gutsy and blind in order to be able to "brag" about 'seeing that one coming' the next day? That said, a clean Slumdog sweep would not be unheard of (even if it'd be a travesty to think Slumdog being part of the 9 Oscar club) and the tech categories have never been my thing (and it's sad how I'm actually excited about the Sound Categories - which in my predicted ballot function as a 'here you go Blockbusters!' consolation prize)

The award that would make me giddy with joy: Wall-E taking Original Screenplay (*fingers crossed!* = I am such a geek!)

Best Picture 
Slumdog Millionaire
["It is written" snore...]

Best Director 
Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire)
[Because "it is written" snore...]

Best Lead Actor
Sean Penn (Milk - A)

[Or do we think Mickey's comeback narrative prevails? I'm not sold.]

Best Lead Actress 
Meryl Streep
Kate Winslet
[Even if I'm rooting for Kate...]

Best Supporting Actor
Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight)
[Sorry for the snub TDK!]

Best Supporting Actress
Penelope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona )
[Cause she's hot and crazy and directed by Woody!]

Best Original Screenplay

[Because how can we not vote for the BP nominee in here?]

Best Adapted Screenplay
Slumdog Millionaire
[Because in a field so weak...]

Best Animated Feature Film

[Sorry for the snub!]

Best Art Direction
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

[The pretty pictures!]

Best Cinematography
Slumdog Millionaire
[Who knew Mumbai was so colourful?]

Best Costume Design
The Duchess

[Cause corsets = Oscar gold!]

Best Editing
Slumdog Millionaire
[Cause there's lots of it]

Best Original Score
Slumdog Millionaire

[Rahman + M.I.A. = Oscar gold despite brilliant(er) work in the category]

Best Original Song
Down to Earth - Wall-E
Jai-Ho - Slumdog Millionaire
[Rahman and Newman split the Score/Song awards!]

Best Make-Up 
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

[Cause how else could they warrant Brad's nomination?]

Best Sound Mixing
Slumdog Millionaire
[Robot noises!]

Best Sound Editing
The Dark Knight

[Not that they usually do this, but I'm splitting the Sound categories]

Best Visual Effects
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

[Cause how else can they warrant Brad's nomination?]

Best Live Action Short Film
Spierlzeugland (Toyland)
[Shooting blind here, people]

Best Animated Short Film
[As a 'sorry PIXAR for not nominating Wall-E for Best Picture']

Best Documentary
Man on Wire
[It is written, n'est-ce pas?]

Best Documentary Short
The Conscience of Nhem En
Pinki Smile
[Why not?]

Best Foreign Language Film
The Class
[If only because as Pan's Labyrinth showed us, there is nothing like a "lock" here, especially when you're dealing with a genre film - and yes, those old geezers at AMPAS do think of animation as a genre, ugh...]

1 comment:

Jose said...

Have a very happy Oscar day!