Monday, February 1, 2010

Final Oscar Nominations Predictions

Nominations announced at 8:30 AM tomorrow on E!. Here are my final thoughts:

Best Picture

(500) Days of Summer
Avatar
An Education
District 9
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Precious
A Serious Man
Star Trek
Up in the Air

Alternates: Up, Invictus, The Hangover
Reasoning: After NOT nominating Wall-E last year, I still see them ghettoizing Up to the Animated category. Remember - this year, movies have to have more number 1 votes based on the "preferential balloting" system. That's why I don't see Invictus on the last and DO see Star Trek on it. Either way, I'm prepared to go 8/10 and looking for some surprises

Best Director

Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
James Cameron, Avatar
Michael Haneke, The White Ribbon
Jason Reitman, Up in the Air
Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds

Alternate: Lee Daniels, Precious
Reasoning: Okay, Michael Haneke is a complete wish. I just really have an insecure feeling about Lee Daniels, and they haven't nominated a foreign director in a while. White Ribbon will probably win Foreign Language, and Haneke has been at the top of world cinema for years.

Best Actor

Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
George Clooney, Up in the Air
Colin Firth, A Single Man
Morgan Freeman, Invictus
Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker

Alternate: Viggo Mortensen, The Road

Best Actress

Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
Marion Cotillard, Nine
Carey Mulligan, An Education
Gabourey Sidibe, Precious
Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia

Alternate: Helen Mirren, The Last Station
Reasoning: I really don't know about Cotillard. Nine seems dead, but I can't find a fifth person I like better in the slot.

Best Supporting Actor

Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds
Matt Damon, Invictus
Woody Harrelson, The Messenger
Anthony Mackie, The Hurt Locker
Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones

Alternate: Christopher Plummer, The Last Station
Reasoning: AMPAS gets solidly behind The Hurt Locker and actually recognizes Mackie.

Best Supporting Actress

Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air
Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air
Mo'Nique, Precious
Julianne Moore, A Single Man
Samantha Morton, The Messenger

Alternate: Penelope Cruz, Nine

Best Original Screenplay

(500) Days of Summer
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
A Serious Man
Up

Alternate: The Hangover

Best Adapted Screenplay

District 9
An Education
Fantastic Mr. Fox
In the Loop
Up in the Air

Alternate: Precious

Best Animated Feature

Coraline
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Ponyo
The Princess and the Frog
Up

Alternate: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Best Foreign Language Film

Ajami
A Prophet
Samson & Delilah
The White Ribbon
Winter in Wartime

Alternate: El Secreto de Sus Ojos

Best Documentary

Anvil!
The Beaches of Agnes
The Cove
Food, Inc.
Soundtrack for a Revolution

Alternate: The Most Dangerous Man in America

Best Cinematography

Avatar
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Nine
The White Ribbon

Alternate: Where the Wild Things Are

Best Costume Design

Bright Star
Inglourious Basterds
Julie & Julia
Nine
The Young Victoria

Alternate: Coco Avant Chanel

Best Art Direction

Avatar
Inglourious Basterds
Julie & Julia
Nine
Sherlock Holmes

Alternate: The Lovely Bones

Best Film Editing

Avatar
District 9
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Up in the Air

Alternate: Star Trek

Best Visual Effects:

Avatar
District 9
Star Trek

Alternate: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Best Makeup

District 9
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Inglourious Basterds
The Road
The Young Victoria

Alternate: Julie & Julia

Best Original Score

Avatar
The Informant!
A Single Man
Star Trek
Up

Alternate: Sherlock Holmes

Best Song

Avatar
Crazy Heart
The Princess and the Frog
Nine
Where the Wild Things Are

Alternate: Everybody's Fine

Best Sound Mixing

Avatar
District 9
The Hurt Locker
Nine
Up

Alternate: Star Trek

Best Sound Editing

Avatar
District 9
The Hurt Locker
Star Trek
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Alternate: Up


Alright AMPAS, ruin my morning!

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