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Best Picture: Avatar, The Blind Side, District 9, An Education, The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, Precious, A Serious Man, Up, Up in the Air
Actor in a Leading Role: Jeff Bridges, George Clooney, Colin Firth, Morgan Freeman, Jeremy Renner
Actress in a Leading Role: Sandra Bullock, Helen Mirren, Carey Mulligan, Gabourey Sidibe, Meryl Streep
Directing: Avatar, The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, Up in the Air, Precious
A small note: I thought “Inglourious Basterds” was a facockata aim for Tarrantino to conjure some kind of ‘foreign film’ creds. It sucked! “Up In The Air” provoked realistic contemplation concerning our social morays. “Hurt Locker” kept my attention. “AVATAR” was grand. “Precious” was a seriously important story to be told and to be listened to, I hope you see it. I saw Julia & Julia and I adore Meryl… don’t we all? I haven’t see “The Blind Side” and I want to very much. That’s the my side of movies up…
[My old friend William Morin is a columnist for a weekly Vegas zine where he pubs astrological info and does a ditty about the who what where when how in the community. Bill is an astrologer and psychic who each year pens his predictions for the Oscars. He has a remarkable record of success in it. I thought I would share Bill’s column (permissio) given. So here it is:]
Once again it’s that time of year where people kiss babies (and butt), look their best (or at least try) and practice both smiling and crying on cue. Yes it’s the 82nd annual Oscar ceremony. Oscar still looks great (we all know he’s had more work done than CHER) and is still film lands most sought after prize. The following are my predictions after having polished & charged up my crystal ball:
Supporting Actor: Matt Damon-Invictus, Woody Harrelson-The Messenger, Christopher Plummer-The Last Station, Stanley Tucci-Lovely Bones & Christop Waltz-Inglorious Basterds.
Harrelson & Plummer are extreme longshots, Damon did a fine job & was oh so Buff! Tucci’s slimy evasive murderer would have it any other year, but Waltz has won every major award and shall do so on March 7th. Should win: Damon Will Win-Waltz
Supporting Actress: Vera Farigma-Up in the Air, Maggie Gyllenhaal-Crazy Heart, Anna Kendrick-Up in the Air, Mo’Nique-Precious & Penelope Cruz-Nine.
Co stars Farigma & Kendrick will split their votes, Gyllenhaal’s nomination was a surprise. Cruz already won here last year. That leaves Mo’Nique, who like Waltz has won everything in sight. Should and will win-Mo”Nique.
Actor: Jeff Bridges-Crazy Heart, George Clooney-Up in the Air, Colin Firth-A Single Man, Morgan Freeman-Invictus & Jeremy Renner-Hurt Locker.
Clooney was an early favorite but faded. Freeman has already won. Renner is an unknown but will be back in contention. Firth got splendid reviews in a little seen pic. Bridges late award surge should put him over the top. Will and should win: Bridges. Firth is the dark horse here.
Actress: Sandra Bullock-The Blind Side, Helen Mirren-The Last Station, Carey Mulligan-An Education, Gabourey Sidibe-Precious & Meryl Streep-Julie & Julia.
Mirren won in 2006. Mulligan & Sidibe got rave reviews and will be back as nominees. Streep was the early favorite, until Bullock hit a “home run” with 2 hit films, being named #1 box office draw and givng her best performance ever in Blind Side. This is a nail biter. Streep might still prevail but this is Bullock’s to lose. Should & Will win: Bullock
Director: Kathryn Bigelow-Hurt Locker, James Cameron-Avatar, Lee Daniels-Precious, Jason Reitman-Up in the Air & Quentin Tarantino-Inglorious Basterds. Daniels must make do with a nomination. Reitman is like to mine gold in another category. Tarantino is a warped genius, but not an academy fave. It comes down to the battle of the exes. Bigelow & Cameron were married and are now friendly rivals. Cameron will likely prevail in 2 other categories. Bigelow shall become the 1st woman in academy history to win in this category. Should win-Cameron. Will-Bigelow.
Picture: for the 1st time since 1943 there are 10 nominees. I’m only tuning in on the 5 with Director nominations.
Avatar, Hurt Locker, Inglorious Basterds, Precious & Up in the Air.
Early fave UP, faded in the stretch. Precious may be too much of a downer for academy taste. Basterds is brilliant but twisted (not qualities the academy embraces). Hurt Locker has gotten splendid reviews and many awards but only made $12 million at the box office. Avatar got very good reviews & has made over 2 billion and counting. It’s like last year’s race. David vs Goliath. Then David (Slumdog) beat out Goliath (Benjamin Button). This year I feel the opposite occuring. The Director & Picture awards (which usually go together) will be split. Goliath (Avatar) prevails by a Hair. Should Win-Locker. Will win-Avatar.
Best of the rest: Original Screenplay-Hurt Locker, Adapted Screenplay-Up in the Air, Costumes-Young Victoria, Foreign Film-White Ribbon-Germany, Original Song-Theme From Crazy Heart; Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Cinematogrophy, Art Direction, Music Score & Film Editing-Avatar.
There you have it. Be sure to tune in March 7th at 5:30PM PST to catch the festivities (Red Carpet events begin at 3 PM). Co Hosts Alec Baldwin & Steve Martin should provide plenty of laughs. Be prepared to watch until 9PM or so.
Namaste Rev. Bill