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2008 Oscar Predictions

Oscar Predictions

Oscar Predictions 


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We are once again approaching one of my favorite times of the year, Oscar time! The big change this year is that 10 films are nominated for best picture…which in my mind is one of the worst ideas ever. I’m breaking these up in to should win and will win along with all the nominees, and I’m sticking to the top 6 categories. Here we go…
Best Supporting Actress – Penelope Cruz – Nine; Vera Farmiga – Up In the Air; Maggie Gyllenhaal – Crazy Heart; Anna Kendrick – Up in the Air; Mo’nique – Precious

– Cruz won’t win she just won one, Vera probably deserves this but splitting it in the same movie with newcomer Kendrick, who’s nomination is the big honor for her, won’t happen. Maggie is in a movie that is dominated by Bridges and she’ll be passed by, which leaves Mo’nique easily winning this one even though I believe Vera Farmiga deserves it.
Best Supporting Actor – Matt Damon – Invictus; Woody Harrelson – The Messenger; Christopher Plummer – The Last Station; Stanley Tucci – The Lovely Bones; Christopher Waltz – Inglourious Basterds

– This is a no-brainer. Waltz’s portrayal of Nazi, Hans Landa is one of the most memorable performances ever to grace the screen. He’ll win and he deserves it.

Best Actress – Sandra Bullock – The Blindside; Helen Mirrin – The Last Station; Carey Mulligan – An Education; Gabourey Sidibe – Precious; Meryl Streep – Julie and Julia

Meryl’s not gonna win this year even though she was great in Julie and Julia, and Helen Mirrin also needs to make way for some newcomers. Mo’nique is taking the Precious category so don’t expect Sidibe to win. This is where my dark horse comes in. I don’t believe Bullock will win. She should be happy that she was nominated, taking her less than mediocre acting career to the next level. I’m going with Carey Mulligan as my dark horse on this one.

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

This is by far the hardest category. Every performance was absolutely amazing from these guys, but the academy likes a picture that is carried on the shoulders of one performance and that’s why Jeff Bridges deserves the Oscar, that and he’s due.

Best Director – James Cameron – Avatar; Katheryn Bigelow – The Hurt Locker; Quentin Tarantino – Inglourious Basterds; Lee Daniels – Precious; Jason Reitman – Up in the Air

James Cameron does not deserve an Oscar for his directing, for his technical merits yes, direction no. Jason Reitman is probably 2- 3 more pictures away from winning one, even though he is a phenomenal young talent. I would love to see Tarantino win this one and actually think he really does deserve it, but Bigelow will become the first female director to ever win an Oscar for directing.

Best Picture – Avatar; The Blind-Side; District 9; An Education; The Hurt Locker; Inglourious Basterds; Precious; A Serious Man; Up; Up-in-the Air

If that piece of shit Avatar movie wins best picture I will stop watching the Oscars for good. It was not the best picture of the year, and wasn’t one of the best 50 pictures I saw this year. Tarantinos complete mind-fuck retelling of Nazi germany deserves this Oscar, to me it’s a no-brainer, but I think Katheryn Bigelow’s intense war drama will probably take this one home as well. Hurt Locker for the win. I do give props to the academy though for nominating the vastly underrated District 9

Tarantino will win his Oscar once again for best original screenplay, even though he is the most talented director in the past 20 years.