December winner predictions

Posted by · 9:38 am · December 28th, 2009

Meryl Streep in Julie & JuliaI gave this an initial stab nearly two months ago.  I thought I might as well re-visit things.  (And hopefully there won’t be anyone getting their panties in a twist over something as harmless as this.  You know who you are.)

Best Picture: “Avatar”
Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, “The Hurt Locker”
Best Actor: Jeff Bridges, “Crazy Heart”
Best Actress: Meryl Streep, “Julie & Julia”
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, “Inglourious Basterds”
Best Supporting Actress: Mo’Nique, “Precious”
Best Adapted Screenplay: “Up in the Air”
Best Original Screenplay: “Inglourious Basterds”

Best Art Direction: “Nine”
Best Cinematography: “Nine”
Best Costume Design: “The Young Victoria”
Best Film Editing: “Avatar”
Best Makeup: “District 9”
Best Music (Original Score): “Avatar”
Best Music (Original Song): “The Weary Kind” from “Crazy Heart”
Best Sound Editing: “Avatar”
Best Sound Mixing: “Avatar”
Best Visual Effects: “Avatar”
Best Animated Feature Film: “Up”
Best Foreign Language Film: “Forever Enthralled”
Best Documentary Feature: “The Cove”

More in the latest Off the Carpet column, later today.  Your picks?




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  • 1 12-28-2009 at 9:45 am

    cineJAB said...

    bold pick for Avatar, Kris.

    Best Picture: “Up In the Air”
    Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, “The Hurt Locker”
    Best Actor: George Clooney, “Up in the Air”
    Best Actress: Meryl Streep, “Julie & Julia”
    Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, “Inglourious Basterds”
    Best Supporting Actress: Mo’Nique, “Precious”
    Best Adapted Screenplay: “Up in the Air”
    Best Original Screenplay: “Inglourious Basterds”
    Best Art Direction: “Inglourious Basterds”
    Best Cinematography: “The Hurt Locker”
    Best Costume Design: “The Young Victoria”
    Best Film Editing: “Avatar”
    Best Makeup: “Star Trek”
    Best Music (Original Score): “Avatar”
    Best Music (Original Song): “The Weary Kind” from “Crazy Heart”
    Best Sound Editing: “Avatar”
    Best Sound Mixing: “Avatar”
    Best Visual Effects: “Avatar”
    Best Animated Feature Film: “Up”
    Best Foreign Language Film: “A Prophet”
    Best Documentary Feature: “The Cove”

  • 2 12-28-2009 at 9:47 am

    Lucas said...

    Hmmm, Meryl for Best Actress… as much as I would lovvvve that, I feel like if they didn’t honour her for Doubt or Adaptation, her role in J&J is just another obligatory Streep nomination.

  • 3 12-28-2009 at 9:51 am

    Marlowe said...

    Have we lost that much faith in “The Hurt Locker” for screenplay? Or just gained that much in “Basterds”?

  • 4 12-28-2009 at 9:57 am

    Michael said...

    I like your predictions quite a lot – it spreads the wealth around which I think is definitely going to happen this year since there is not any autopilot films released where the Academy has no choice but to give every award to (a la Slumdog Millionaire last year).

  • 5 12-28-2009 at 10:02 am

    T.J. Wells said...

    You’re predicting a very boring Academy Awards. Hopefully you’re wrong (and I mean that in the nicest possible way).

  • 6 12-28-2009 at 10:05 am

    Ivan said...

    Only deaf people would give Avatar best score.

    The score was the worst part of the movie.

  • 7 12-28-2009 at 10:11 am

    Al said...

    Id say Hurt Locker, Up in The Air, or Basterds have the best shot.

    Screenplay I’d say Basterds or A Serious Man.

    too lazy to do the other categories, those two are my favorite so thats why I just did them.

  • 8 12-28-2009 at 10:17 am

    movielocke said...

    Interesting, zero overlap predicted in the top categories, when has that ever happened?

    Best Picture: Avatar
    Best Director: James Cameron
    Best Actor: George Clooney, “Up in the Air”
    Best Actress: Sandra Bullock
    Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, “Inglourious Basterds”
    Best Supporting Actress: Mo’Nique, “Precious”
    Best Adapted Screenplay: “Up in the Air”
    Best Original Screenplay: Up
    Best Art Direction: Nine
    Best Cinematography: Avatar
    Best Costume Design: Nine
    Best Film Editing: “Avatar”
    Best Makeup: ?
    Best Music (Original Score): “Avatar”
    Best Music (Original Song): “The Weary Kind” from “Crazy Heart”
    Best Sound Editing: “Avatar”
    Best Sound Mixing: “Avatar”
    Best Visual Effects: “Avatar”
    Best Animated Feature Film: “Up”
    Best Foreign Language Film: The White Ribbon
    Best Documentary Feature: Food, Inc

  • 9 12-28-2009 at 10:32 am

    John O'Neil said...

    It seems odd that “The Hurt Locker” will win Best Director and nothing else. I thought it would perhaps get Best Editing.

  • 10 12-28-2009 at 10:39 am

    cineJAB said...

    anyone else feel like Invictus and Nine’s chances are plummeting?

  • 11 12-28-2009 at 10:39 am

    T.S. said...

    It’s interesting to see how your picks have changed (or not changed) in the last few months. And I haven’t seen “Avatar” yet, but my gut says it feels like a ballsy pick for Best Picture. Kudos there.

    @movielocke: As for no overlap in the Big Six, it’s very rare indeed. Unless I’m mistaken, in the last twenty years it’s only happened once, for 2005’s winners. (“Crash,” “Brokeback Mountain,” “Capote,” “Walk the Line,” “Syriana,” and “The Constant Gardener”)

  • 12 12-28-2009 at 10:48 am

    KB said...

    Picture
    “Up in the Air”

    Director
    Kathryn Bigelow for “The Hurt Locker”

    Actor
    George Clooney in “Up in the Air”

    Actress
    Meryl Streep in “Julie and Julia”

    Supporting Actor
    Christoph Waltz in “Inglourious Basterds”

    Supporting Actress
    Mo’Nique in “Precious”

    Adapted Screenplay
    “Up in the Air”

    Original Screenplay
    “Inglourious Basterds”

  • 13 12-28-2009 at 10:49 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Ivan: My weakest pick, no doubt. I’m with you, of course. Not sure who to go with otherwise. Up?

  • 14 12-28-2009 at 10:57 am

    Simon Warrasch said...

    Picture:

    Up in the Air

    Director:

    Kathryn Bigelow – The Hurt Locker

    Lead Actor:

    Jeff Bridges – Crazy Heart

    Lead Actress:

    Gabby Sidibe – Precious

    Supporting Actor:

    Christoph Waltz – Inglourious Bastards

    Supporting Actress:

    Mo’Nique – Precious

  • 15 12-28-2009 at 11:01 am

    Davidraider88 said...

    Hey Kris, how did the buzz for Precious deflate so badly? Is Mo’Nique to blame? Was it released to early? Is Avatar’s huge box office/critical praise hurt it? Or do you think Precious’ out of left field cast/crew hurt them?

  • 16 12-28-2009 at 11:06 am

    Davidraider88 said...

    Best Picture: The Hurt Locker
    Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
    Best Actor: Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
    Best Actress: Meryl Streep, Julie and Julia
    Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds
    Best Supporting Actress: Mo’Nique, Precious
    Best Adapted Screenplay: Up in the Air
    Best Original Screenplay: Inglourious Basterds
    Best Art Direction: Nine
    Best Cinematography: Nine
    Best Costume Design: The Young Victoria
    Best Film Editing: Avatar
    Best Makeup: District 9
    Best Music (Original Score): Up
    Best Music (Original Song): The Weary Kind from “Crazy Heart”
    Best Sound Editing: Avatar
    Best Sound Mixing: Avatar
    Best Visual Effects: Avatar
    Best Animated Feature Film: Up
    Best Foreign Language Film: A Prophet
    Best Documentary Feature: The Cove

  • 17 12-28-2009 at 11:22 am

    Holden said...

    Avatar was great, but its awful script holds it back. Beautiful, and reminds us what movies are supposed to be, but lacks a good creative storyline. Too bad Jimmy C. can’t write worth a crap (this means you too, Titanic.)

  • 18 12-28-2009 at 11:24 am

    david said...

    I’m really thinking The Hurt Locker is the frontrunner for Best Picture. Other then LOTR, science fiction/fantasy films just don’t ever win Best Picture. I could see Avatar walking away with the most overall Oscars however. I think The Hurt Locker will also win Original Screenplay, Director, and possibly Editing as well.

  • 19 12-28-2009 at 11:56 am

    Maris said...

    Anyone know if there’s ever been a year when the top 8 awards have gone to 8 different films? It seems like it could happen this year.

  • 20 12-28-2009 at 12:13 pm

    AmericanRequiem said...

    i like most of these kris
    the nine and young victorian wins are the only ones i cant jusify, and id put my money on ups score over AVATAR but both would be fine

  • 21 12-28-2009 at 12:45 pm

    Ben M. said...

    Picture: Avatar (really I think this a very tight race with Up in the Air and Hurt Locker though)
    Director: James Cameron, Avatar
    Actor: George Clooney, Up in the Air
    Actress: Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia
    Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, Inglorious Basterds
    Supporting Actress: Mo’Nique, Precious
    Original Screenplay: The Hurt Locker
    Adapted Screenplay: Up in the Air

    Film Editing: Avatar
    Cinematography: The Hurt Locker
    Costume Design: The Young Victoria
    Art Direction: The White Ribbon
    Score: Up
    Song: Crazy Heart
    Make-up: Star Trek
    Visual Effects: Avatar
    Sound Mixing: Avatar
    Sound Editing: Avatar
    Animated Feature: Up
    Doucmentary: The Cove
    Foreign Lanugage: The White Ribbon

  • 22 12-28-2009 at 12:53 pm

    Loyal said...

    I just saw Avatar for a second time today. Sold out, 1050AM showing. Tonnes of blue hairs, applause at the end.

    It’s winning BP. Better luck next time to the other 9 films.

  • 23 12-28-2009 at 12:56 pm

    Alex in Movieland said...

    Courageous pick! :)

    BUT could you really imagine the voters 50+ in age or the women voters going for Avatar as a Best Picture?! I couldn’t explain it unless there’s a split between Hurt Locker and Up in the Air.

    I think The Hurt Locker will get Best Picture, Director & Editing.
    Up in the Air has Adapted Screenplay (and unfortunately that’s it). So could we have a BP winner with just 2 awards?!

  • 24 12-28-2009 at 1:37 pm

    T.S. said...

    @Maris: I don’t think it’s ever split 8 ways (if by eight you mean Picture, Director, the four acting slots, and the two screenplay slots).

    Unless I’m mistaken, in recent history (since 1940), there’s been a 7-way split over 8 categories once, for the films of 1956: “Around the World in Eighty Days” (Picture and Adapted Screenplay), “Giant” (Director), “The King and I” (Actor), “Anastasia” (Actress), “Lust for Life (Supporting Actor), “Written on the Wind” (Supporting Actress), “La Ballon Rouge” (Original Screenplay).

    If you want to, you could two 7-way splits over 9 categories. For the films of 1952: “The Greatest Show on Earth” (Picture and Motion Picture Story), “The Quiet Man” (Director), “High Noon” (Actor), “Come Back, Little Sheba” (Actress), “Viva Zapata!” (Supporting Actor), “The Bad and the Beautiful” (Supporting Actress and Screenplay), and “The Lavender Hill Mob” (a single category called Story and Screenplay).

    And the films of 1940: “Rebecca” (Picture), “The Grapes of Wrath” (Director and Supporting Actress), “The Philadelphia Story” (Actor and Screenplay), “The Westerner” (Supporting Actor), “Kitty Foyle” (Actress), “The Great McGinty” (Original Screenplay), and “Arise, My Love” (Original Story).

  • 25 12-28-2009 at 1:37 pm

    Ivan said...

    @Kris

    Well i think Up should win…it’s probably the best part of the movie.

    All the great,emotional scenes would be nothing memorable without the score.Watch the opening 10 minutes on mute and it has little to no impact whatsoever.

    I agreed with most of the other predictions except for Nine…i really doubt a huge flop with bad reviews will win cinematography AND art direction.

    Art direction is possible but if they indeed liked Inglorious very much i expect it to win it.

  • 26 12-28-2009 at 1:42 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Why doubt that a flop with bad reviews won’t win design categories? Happens…every…year.

  • 27 12-28-2009 at 1:57 pm

    Ivan said...

    Because best cinematography is valued more than costumes or make-up.

    Look who has won in the last 15-16 years:

    There Will Be Blood,Titanic,LOTR 1,Schindler’s List,Slumdog,Braveheart,English Patient,Saving Private Ryan,American Beauty,Crouching Tigar,Pan’s Labirynth,The Aviator among others…

    Not exactly bad reviews and flops there.

    Like i’ve said Nine might win Art Direction and it won’t surprise me but it ‘s not winning cinematography.

  • 28 12-28-2009 at 4:01 pm

    Brady said...

    Best Picture: “Avatar”
    Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, “The Hurt Locker”
    Best Actor: Jeff Bridges, “Crazy Heart”
    Best Actress: Meryl Streep, “Julie & Julia”
    (It should be Carey Mulligan but with Streep being wonderful in It’s Complicated, people will be reminded of Julia Child… it worked for me)
    Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, “Inglourious Basterds”
    Best Supporting Actress: Mo’Nique, “Precious”
    Best Adapted Screenplay: “Up in the Air”
    Best Original Screenplay: “The Hurt Locker”
    Best Art Direction: “Nine”
    Best Cinematography: “Nine”
    Best Costume Design: “The Young Victoria”
    Best Film Editing: “Avatar”
    Best Makeup: “District 9”
    Best Music (Original Score): “Up”
    Best Music (Original Song): “The Weary Kind” from “Crazy Heart”
    Best Sound Editing: “Avatar”
    Best Sound Mixing: “Avatar”
    Best Visual Effects: “Avatar”
    Best Animated Feature Film: “Up”
    Best Foreign Language Film: “A Prophet”
    Best Documentary Feature: “The Cove”

  • 29 12-28-2009 at 4:31 pm

    Andrew said...

    @Ivan: I just came back from “Avatar”, and I had the same thought. It was eye-rolling!

  • 30 12-28-2009 at 4:32 pm

    Erik 815 said...

    my personal predix right now:

    Best Picture: “the Hurt Locker”
    Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, “The Hurt Locker”
    Best Actor: Jeff Bridges, “Crazy Heart”
    Best Actress: Meryl Streep, “Julie & Julia”
    Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, “Inglourious Basterds”
    Best Supporting Actress: Mo’Nique, “Precious”
    Best Adapted Screenplay: “Up in the Air”
    Best Original Screenplay: “Up”
    Best Art Direction: “Inglorious Basterds”
    Best Cinematography: “the Hurt Locker”
    Best Costume Design: “The Young Victoria”
    Best Film Editing: “the Hurt Locker”
    Best Makeup: “Star Trek”
    Best Music (Original Score): “Up”
    Best Music (Original Song): “The Weary Kind” from “Crazy Heart”
    Best Sound Editing: “Avatar”
    Best Sound Mixing: “Avatar”
    Best Visual Effects: “Avatar”
    Best Animated Feature Film: “Up”
    Best Foreign Language Film: “the White Ribbon”
    Best Documentary Feature: “The Cove”

  • 31 12-28-2009 at 4:52 pm

    Erik 815 said...

    oh, i wasn’t done yet, anyway, I’d say Up for screenplay because the writers also directed it, and have both been previously nominated a total of 5 times for their Pixar work, with no wins. Pixar films are overdue for a screenplay nod. I think well see the love being spread with:
    – 4 for Hurt Locker, 3 for Avatar,
    – 2 or 3 for Up (not sure about score yet. I WANT it to win, but not sure),
    – 2 or 3 for Inglorious Basterds (screenplay and/or costumes might also happen),
    – 2 for Crazy Heart.

    Avatar wont make best pic with just the traditional threesome of sound, sound, and fx. It needs “stronger” categories like cinematography, film editing, and director. If it misses on or two of those, i don’t see it winning.

    Precious peaked too soon. It made a legitimate contender out of Gabby, but its best pic hopes have faded.

    Inglorious is an ineresting contender, because its truly competitive in so many categories, it might end up as the nominations leader (film, director, screenplay, supporting actor/actress, art direction, costumes, editing, cinematography, possibly sound mixing and makeup). With supporting actor almost bagged up, and decent odds at screenplay, its already got a solid shot, with nothing looking like a big sweep candidate.

    Up in the air wont make it. Reitman will likely get screenplay, but not director. Clooney is strong, but not second-oscar strong, in the face of Bridges’near inevitable win (how can they not vote for him, hes overdue, everyone loves him, his film offends nobody). Screenplay alone doesnt cut it.

    Oh, and my no-guts-no-glory for the best pic lineup is Julie and Julia. Streep is in the bag, Tucci could get in after people turned away from LB, a screenplay nod for a better-than-usual Ephron could also sail in. Add a nod for art direction (two very different settings, and an impressive recreation of mid-20th century Paris, made all the more impressive by the fact that it was entirely put together to make Meryl Streep look over 6 feet tall). But no chance at winning, of course.

    So.. in a nutshell, I think cinematography and film editing are gonna play a large role in where best picture will swing this year. I’d say director too, but I don’t think Bigelow is really facing any major threats yet at this point.

    The Hurt Locker could be the kind of winner the Pianist could have been, had that picked up steam just a few weeks earlier. Looking this strong for best director so early in the race, and being a strong contender for cinematography, editing, and to a lesser degree screenplay, it’s path to oscar looks brightest right now.

  • 32 12-28-2009 at 5:59 pm

    aspect ratio said...

    I can’t imagine in a million years that Avatar could win Best Picture without Cameron winning for Best Director. Avatar = Cameron. Even if he also produced it and would win an Oscar if it wins Best Picture, all focus is squarely on Cameron, almost to the point that giving him Best Director would be practically the same as awarding it Best Picture.

    Bigelow’s direction was solid but hardly so mindblowingly groundbreaking that it would top Cameron if Avatar goes all the way with the Academy. If anything, it seems far more realistic to me for Cameron to win Best Director while another film takes BP, though at the moment I can see one of two scenarios happening:

    1. Avatar takes Best Picture and Director
    2. Up in the Air takes BP and Bigelow BD

    Alternatively, Up in the Air could win both if the Academy loves it that much (it could very well win BP, BD, Actor & A. Screenplay), or The Hurt Locker takes both (winning BP, BD, O. Screenplay, Editing/Cinematography).

  • 33 12-28-2009 at 6:23 pm

    T.J. Wells said...

    Best Picture: “Up in the Air”
    Best Director: James Cameron, “Avatar”
    Best Actor: George Clooney, “Up in the Air”
    Best Actress: Carey Mulligan, “An Education”
    Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, “Inglourious Basterds”
    Best Supporting Actress: Mo’Nique, “Precious”
    Best Adapted Screenplay: “Up in the Air”
    Best Original Screenplay: “The Hurt Locker”

  • 34 12-28-2009 at 6:44 pm

    Kevin said...

    Doe anyone think that in this so-called banner year for animation and with the general feeling that Up isn’t Pixar’s best work in a while that Coralien or Fox might nab the Animated Oscar?

  • 35 12-28-2009 at 7:27 pm

    Annie Mation said...

    Yes, it’s a good year for animation. Best animated film: Avatar.

    Coraline, a close second.

  • 36 12-28-2009 at 9:33 pm

    Jake said...

    Picture: Avatar
    Director: Bigelow
    Actor: Bridges
    Actress: Mulligan
    Sup. Actor: Waltz
    Sup. Actress: Mo’Nique
    Adapted: Up in the Air
    Original: (500) Days of Summer
    Documentary: The Cove
    Animated: Fantastic Mr. Fox
    Foreign Language: A Prophet
    Cinematography: Lovely Bones
    Visual Effects: Avatar
    Art Direction: Nine
    Costume Design: Where the Wild Things Are
    Score: Where the Wild Things Are
    Song: Crazy Heart

  • 37 12-28-2009 at 9:35 pm

    Jake said...

    Yes, I realize my predictions are a near-even split, but I really think this is the year it could happen, if any — taking into account the 10-slot expansion and last year’s sickening Slumdog sweep, the climate seems right.

  • 38 12-29-2009 at 2:55 am

    Glenn said...

    I’m thinking “Inglourious Basterds” will take it. Picture, Supporting Actor, Original Screenplay, Costume Design and perhaps editing. The rest will fall as everyone else predicts except for Animated Feature which I can see going to something other than “Up” (whether it gets a BP nomination or not).

  • 39 12-29-2009 at 3:12 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Ivan: One title you conveniently left out of your list is “Memoirs of a Geisha,” another pretty Rob Marshall misfire that sets the near-exact precedent for the scenario Kris is predicting.

    That said, I don’t think “Nine” is winning anything.

  • 40 12-29-2009 at 4:57 am

    dibbidy said...

    Best Picture: “Inglourious Basterds”
    Best Director: Quentin Tarantino, “Inglourious Basterds”
    Best Actor: Colin Firth, “A Single Man”
    Best Actress: Meryl Streep, “Julie & Julia”
    Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, “Inglourious Basterds”
    Best Supporting Actress: Julianne Moore, “A Single Man”
    Best Adapted Screenplay: “Up in the Air”
    Best Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino “Inglourious Basterds”
    Best Art Direction: “Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince”
    Best Cinematography: “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”
    Best Costume Design: “The Young Victoria”
    Best Film Editing: “Up in the Air”
    Best Makeup: “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnaussus”
    Best Music (Original Score): “Sherlock Holmes”
    Best Music (Original Song): “Down in New Orleans” from “The Princess and the Frog”
    Best Sound Editing: “Avatar”
    Best Sound Mixing: “Avatar”
    Best Visual Effects: “Avatar”
    Best Animated Feature Film: “Coraline”
    Best Foreign Language Film: “A Prophet”
    Best Documentary Feature: “The Cove”

  • 41 12-29-2009 at 11:06 am

    Andrew said...

    Streep winning best actress would be fantastic. She has no real competition IMO, most performances this year are not as good and worthy.

  • 42 12-29-2009 at 11:23 am

    Erik 815 said...

    Agreed, I think a lot of people are dismissing it as “just” a comedic performance, but there’s both a lot of joy and sadness in the character, and she plays both to perfection, while inabiting another character far removed from herself. The fact that comedic moments dominate and the film as a whole is less terrific don’t make the performance any less impressive.

  • 43 12-29-2009 at 2:09 pm

    Dillon Green said...

    Erik 815, Andrew:

    THANK YOU. I feel like people are discrediting Meryl’s likely win and will say that it’s much less deserving than others. It was a fantastically put together performance, nuanced (as all her performances are) to perfection, both joyous and heartbreaking at times. I say this will be a very deserving win and hope that, in years to come, people will continue to see it as so and not consider it a lightweight performance.

    I have had the convenience of seeing Mulligan AND Sidibe in their respective roles. Sidibe was phenomenal, especially for her first film, and Mulligan was likeably magnificent, but neither had the kind of weight that I felt Meryl did. Mulligan was grand but not in an exceptional way I don’t think. If anyone else were to win, I would wish it to be Sidibe, who I think, besides Meryl, had the best lead actress performance of the year.

    Afternote:
    Whoever predicts Sandra Bullock for the Blind Side to win (like my MOM) needs to….. NOT. That won’t happen in a million years.

  • 44 12-29-2009 at 2:16 pm

    Dillon Green said...

    I love how everyone is predicting “The Weary Kind,” which is TRULY the best song of this year….

    but if you remember, the TRULY best song of last year (“The Wrestler,” by Bruce Springsteen; EVERYONE though so) didn’t even seem fit to nominate in the Academy’s opinion. “The Wrestler” had precursor push and a Globe win going into the nominations and still the music branch epically FAILED (once AGAIN) to get it right and LEFT IT OFF the nomination list.

    So HERE’s to hoping that they don’t have a repeat offense this year and god FORBID leave The Weary Kind off of the list. If it can get a nomination, I can guarantee you a win.

    Sidenote:
    Music Branch actually got it right with Falling Slowly two years ago. Why can’t they just GET IT RIGHT EVERY YEAR? Must they just do these things to cement in peoples’ minds their snobbery?

  • 45 12-29-2009 at 10:13 pm

    Jeff said...

    Avatar?? Seriously? Over A Serious Man, Up in the Air and The Hurt Locker?

    Really?

    Disappointing if thats how it really turns out.

  • 46 12-29-2009 at 10:15 pm

    Jeff said...

    Not to mention Inglorious Basterds, my favorite film of the year so far (maybe just because my expectations were so low).

  • 47 12-30-2009 at 2:16 am

    Revoir said...

    I just want to see BRUNO DELBONNEL in the Best Cinematography nominees…

  • 48 12-30-2009 at 12:07 pm

    Megan said...

    If Avatar wins, the one iota of hope I held left for the Academy would be annihilated. A fun popcorn film that I thoroughly enjoyed, then forgot about a few hours later.

    Then again, I don’t feel much better about a film feature George Clooney grinning like an idiot in yet another nicely-pressed suit winning, primarily because it captures some sort of paradigm about our economy and blah blah blah.

    If things went my way, Basterds would sweep. Is that realistic? Of course not. But one can dream…

  • 49 1-13-2010 at 4:21 pm

    Nick said...

    Best Picture: The Hurt Locker
    Director: Bigelow
    Best Animated: Fantastic Mr. Fox (didnt care much for Up)