And the Winners Might Be…

March 4, 2010

I get a little giddy when it comes to Oscar season.  There’s something about seeing excellent films, rooting for your favorites and hoping your choices win the golden statues at the Academy Awards ceremony.  It’s just a hobby that I become obsessed with for these few months, but it all ends on Sunday.  It’ll be interesting to see what wins, because, although everyone thinks they have their predictions in the bag, I argue otherwise.  Mainly because “The Hurt Locker” was such a lackluster film compared to some of the others in the Best Picture category this year.

Normally I am pretty protective over my predictions, but I’m going to post them today and see what comes of it.  I could be completely wrong and utterly idiotic for picking a few of these, but it doesn’t really matter anyway, does it?  No.  No it doesn’t.  So!  Here we go!

Munz’s 2010 Oscar Predictions!

Best Picture:  AVATAR
I say this because 10 years from now we won’t be talking about “The Hurt Locker”, will we?  No, we’ll be talking about “Avatar”.  It’s the game changer, the one movie on the list that brought back the term “movie magic” with vigor and force.  The odds are against it, but with the new controversy about the “Hurt Locker” producer’s e-mail, I’d assume voters vote for the most deserving here.  Although it doesn’t have the most amazing story/script (neither did “Slumdog Millionaire”, in my opinion), overall it’s a spectacle of movie making at its finest and most entertaining.  How many people even saw “The Hurt Locker?”

Best Director: KATHERINE BIGELOW; “The Hurt Locker”
This seems like a no-brainer.  If she wins, she’ll be the first female director to win.  I expect a standing ovation for this one.

Best Actor:  COLIN FIRTH; “A Single Man”
I have a feeling this will be the surprise of the night.  Here you have Colin Firth completely out of his element.  He is nothing, nothing like George Falconer and yet he embodies him with ease.  Yes Jeff Bridges is the favorite, but Bad Black is not necessarily a stretch of a character for Bridges.  I don’t believe in the “Nominated before, so must win” principle.  No one else could have done this role other than Firth.  It would be lovely to have Kate Winslet read his name off the envelope and my heart tells me that’s the case.

Best Actress:  MERYL STREEP; “JULIE AND JULIA”
“It’s Sandra’s to lose,” seems to be the term every Oscar blogger is saying.  What makes her so special?  It seems America’s sweetheart is finally getting the recognition she deserves for a movie that doesn’t deserve it.  I didn’t see much different in Bullock’s Leigh Ann than in “Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood” where she also played a southern tough-nosed girl, Siddalee Walker.  Meryl was Julia Child.  There was no doubt about it.  In every scene she radiated Julia Child.  But is this an Oscar winning role?… Hard to say.  However.  The Academy nominated “The Blind Side” for Best Picture.  So although it pains me to say so… NO. I refuse to vote Sandra.  I’ll beat myself over the head for it if Meryl won, which I think she will.  Period.

(I’ve already voted for three nominees that aren’t the front runners… If I’m gonna fail, I’ll fail hard!)

Best Supporting Actor:  CHRISTOPH WALTZ; “Inglourious Basterds”

Best Supporting Actress: MO’NIQUE; “Precious”

Best Original Screenplay:  “The Hurt Locker”

Best Adapted Screenplay:  “Up in the Air”

Best Film Editing: “The Hurt Locker”

Best Cinematography:  “Avatar”

Best Visual Effects:  “Avatar”

Best Art Direction:  “Avatar”

Best Sound Mixing:  “The Hurt Locker”

Best Sound Editing:  “Avatar”

Best Original Score:  “Up”

Best Animated Film: “Up”

Best Costume Design:  “The Young Victoria”

Best Make-up:  “Star Trek”

Best Original Song:  “The Weary Kind” “Crazy Heart”

Best Foreign Language Film:  “The White Ribbon”

Best Documentary:  “The Cove”

I don’t really deal in the short films because rarely do I see them.  But those are all the main categories, and those are all of my predictions.  I’ll be turning my ballot today.  Here’s hoping that I’m right even just a little bit!

Until Sunday…

Munz.


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