So here we go again. We’re in the middle of awards season with the granddaddy of them all still several weeks away. Academy Award nominations will be announced on February 2nd. Until then it’s up to analysts (and psychics) to discuss and ultimately guess who will get a nod.
And that’s where I come in!
I do this to stretch my brain. I don’t work for PricewaterhouseCoopers; I don’t have some inside track. I just want to see how well I can guess. And the best way to prove my intentions is to post them on the web. Where else? The time stamp is proof I posted beforehand.
Up in the Air
The Hurt Locker
The Hangover or The Blind Side
A Serious Man
New rules this year stipulate there will be TEN best picture nominees. Yes, you read that right – ten! The first five possible nominees were somewhat easy to choose, but it’s the second set that may doom me. Should ‘The Hangover’ be nominated? I really don’t think so, but when you widen the net it really could be nominated.
Jeff Bridges – Crazy Heart
George Clooney – Up in the Air
Robert Downey Jr. – Sherlock Holmes
Morgan Freeman – Invictus
Colin Firth – A Single Man
I’ve been on the fence for this one for months – until I saw Sherlock Holmes in early January. I was absolutely taken aback by Downey Jr.’s performance. It was nice seeing him back in his element. He deserves to win, but I also thought Mickey Rourke also deserved to win last year. (Instead Sean Penn won for Milk.)
Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side
Meryl Streep – Julie & Julia
Gabrourey Sidibe – Precious
Helen Mirren – The Last Station
Carey Mulligan – An Education
All year I’ve said Meryl Streep would win (and she still could); did you hear this woman’s voice as Julia Child? Oh my God, to die for! Only she could bring her to life as how we all remember her.
But now that some time has passed I’m starting to lean more towards Sandra Bullock. Ms. Streep has been nominated 1,000 times before and although the academy adores her, it’s nice to see someone else come up the ranks.
Best Supporting Actor
Matt Damon – Invictus
Christoph Waltz – Inglourious Basterds
Stanley Tucci – The Lovely Bones
Woody Harrelson – The Messenger
Alfred Molina – An Education
No one really stood out for me until I kept seeing Christoph Waltz keep winning awards. Gotta go with him.
Best Supporting Actress
Anna Kendrick – Up in the Air
Mo’Nique – Precious
Penelope Cruz – Nine
Vera Farmiga – Up in the Air
Diane Kruger – Inglourious Basterds
I think this category has got to be a no-brainer unless you have lived under a rock this pas year.
James Cameron – Avatar
Jason Reitman – Up in the Air
Kathryn Bigelow – The Hurt Locker
Lee Daniels – Precious
Quentin Tarantino – Inglourious Basterds
Is there really any doubt on this one? The man disappeared for a decade only to resurface to break his own record! He now has directed two top grossing films of all time! If James Cameron doesn’t win I’ll lose all faith in humanity! (Mental note: pray things I write come true!)
Best Animated Feature
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Princess and the Frog
Pixar produces fabulous movies, but I think Up will get a best picture nod thanks to the new 10 nominee rule. With that said, this category really opens up to other interesting choices. I gotta go with the Fantastic Mr. Fox. (But notice I’m also banking on there will be three nominees like in years past.) We’ll see what happens.
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