February 26, 2007
Winner Predictions?! WTF?!

That's right, as a companion to this year's year in advance Oscar article, I've lept head-long off the deep end and actually decided I'd try to predict the winners a full 365 days before next year's Oscar telecast.

What exactly is wrong with me? God only knows, but it feels good to get all these thoughts out in the open. Kind of a deep cleansing before the post-Oscar vacation months where you'd better believe, the last thing on my mind will be little golden statues.

So, here's an appalingly offensive early, early...early look at how I think the Oscars could shape up next year. Expect each and every one of these predictions to be wrong. Swear by it, in fact.

So long for now:

Best Picture: "The Kite Runner"
Best Director: Marc Forster, "The Kite Runner"
Best Actor: Joaquin Phoenix, "Reservation Road"
Best Actress: Vanessa Redgrave, "Evening"
Best Supporting Actor: Philip Bosco, "The Savages"
Best Supporting Actress: Helena Bonham Carter, "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Sreet"
Best Adapted Screenplay: "The Kite Runner"
Best Original Screenplay: "Michael Clayton"
Best Animated Feature: "Ratatouille"
Best Art Direction: "His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass"
Best Cinematography: "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"
Best Costume Design: "The Golden Age"
Best Film Editing: "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street"
Best Makeup: "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street"
Best Music - Original Score: "The Kite Runner"
Best Music - Original Song: "Ratatouille"
Best Sound Editing: "Beowulf"
Best Sound Mixing: "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street"
Best Visual Effects: "Spider-Man 3"


I would agree with you about Kite Runner winning next year, if Sam Mendes was directing. He was originally attached. Forster?? I'm just not sure. American Gangster and Lions for Lambs, on paper, look like winners.

I love Philip Bosco! What gives you such a hunch that a mostly unknown stage actor will be a competitor?

The film went over huge in Sundance. It was the one film people seemed to love en masse, and his performance was part of the love-fest. Just spit-balling, really. But it makes as much sense as anything. Searchlight got an old timer his due this year, after all.

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