Why not?

Maybe it makes me lame, but I like to try to guess on the Oscars. I don’t have any outstanding wagers with anyone this year, so I decided to just go ahead and pick for fun.

Tons of people debate as to whether or not it’s helpful to have seen the movies in question before making your picks, as though it will grant you some sort of insight into the favourites. I mean, I suppose if you’re a hardcore film enthusiast – as are a few people I know – and you follow the Academy’s trends closely, you might have the slightest advantage, but I think more often than not that it’s anybody’s guess.

As it is, I’ve seen only a few of the nominees this year; I’ve never made it my prerogative to see movies nominated for the prize, at least, before the ceremonies. Based on tonight’s outcome, I’ll likely be checking out several movies over the next little while.

Anyway, here for amusement’s sake are the films I think will take the statue.

Performance by an actor in a leading role
George Clooney in “Michael Clayton”

Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Javier Bardem in “No Country for Old Men”

Performance by an actress in a leading role
Marion Cotillard in “La Vie en Rose”

Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Cate Blanchett in “I’m Not There”

Best animated feature film of the year
“Ratatouille” : Brad Bird

Achievement in art direction
“The Golden Compass” : Art Direction: Dennis Gassner; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock

Achievement in cinematography
“The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” : Roger Deakins

Achievement in costume design
“La Vie en Rose” : Marit Allen

Achievement in directing
“No Country for Old Men” : Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
“3:10 to Yuma” : Marco Beltrami

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
“Falling Slowly” from “Once” : Music and Lyric by Glen Hansard and: Marketa Irglova

Best motion picture of the year
“Michael Clayton” : Sydney Pollack, Jennifer Fox and Kerry Orent, Producers

Achievement in visual effects
“Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” : John Knoll, Hal Hickel, Charles Gibson and John Frazier

Adapted screenplay
“Away from Her” : Written by Sarah Polley

Original screenplay
“Juno” : Written by Diablo Cody

Now the show is about to start, so here goes. Take it away, Jon…

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2 Responses to “Why not?”
  1. Slava says:

    Damn, clearly you haven’t seen There Will Be Blood!!
    Daniel Day Lewis for Best Actor and Diablo Cody for Orig Screenplay for Juno were they only two definite locks this year (ok, Javier Bardem and Ratatouille were also pretty easy guesses, and I really liked the score for Atonement so I’m glad that won).

    Either way, go watch There Will Be Blood!

  2. Bobby says:

    I will, for certain. I have seen very few of these movies, but am making plans to see Blood, No Country For Old Men, Atonement and a few more as soon as I can.

    I don’t really go to the movies anymore.

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