Friday, March 05, 2010
For S's and G's
So it turns out the Academy Awards are Sunday night. I discovered this half an hour ago, which isn't the way my obsessive, chart-making mind used to work. A detour into my 30s, as well as a cavalcade of legitimately bad Best Picture winners, have dulled my Oscar enthusiasm.
Seriously, fucking Crash?
And yet despite my ignorance and apathy, I still know the way the Academy thinks. The politics, the maneuvering, the complete lack of excitement and bravery. And that's why, for no reason other than to see how right/wrong I am, here are my Oscar predictions.
Picture: The Hurt Locker
Actor: Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
Actress: Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds
Supporting Actress: Mo'Nique, Precious
Director: Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
Animated Feature Film: Up
Art Direction: Avatar
Original Screenplay: Inglourious Basterds
Adapted Screenplay: Up in the Air
Costume Design: The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Documentary (Feature): The Cove
Documentary (Short Subject): "The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant"
Film Editing: The Hurt Locker
Foreign Language Film: The White Ribbon
Makeup: The Young Victoria
Music (Original Score): Up
Music (Original Song): "The Weary Kind," Crazy Heart
Short Film (Animated): "The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)"
Short Film (Live Action): "The Door"
Sound Editing: Avatar
Sound Mixing: Avatar
Visual Effects: Avatar
If there's a shocker - and there never is anymore - I see an ever-s0-slight chance Inglourious Basterds wins Best Picture.
In the Academy's eyes, it has one thing going for it: it's a Jewish revenge fantasy, which the heavily Jewish voting bloc might appreciate. Alas, there is one massive detail working against it: Basterds actually was the best movie of '09, and Oscar never likes rewarding that.