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Sunday, February 25, 2007

Oscar Picks

It's a tough call this year. For every race that seems clear, there's one in which any of the five nominees could win, including Best Picture.

So here are my predictions. I make no guarantees, though if you use them to win an Oscar pool, I want 10%.

Also, I still haven't seen Dreamgirls, Babel or Letters From Iwo Jima. So most of the time I'm talking out of my ass.

BEST PICTURE. I really believe that the winner of this category is liable to get less than 30% of the vote. I think The Departed could win, but then again everyone is likely to vote for Scorcese for Best Director, and decide that The Departed (though a pretty good movie) isn't necessarily great enough to vote for for Best Director AND Best Picture. And since no one will vote for The Departed for Best Picture and NOT vote for Marty for Best Director, it's Best Picture where The Departed will suffer.

The Queen just feels a little small and British. Letters From Iwo Jima just never feels like it has enough enthusiastic support. Babel could win, because Crash won last year, but then again Babel might lose because Crash won last year. So I'm going to pick Little Miss Sunshine, because even though it wasn't the Best Picture of the year, it worked, they've been giving it a good Oscar spin, and it just feels like the kind of year that it could sneak in and win.

BEST DIRECTOR. Bet on Martin Scorcese. Because it's time, and it's better than almost giving it to him for Gangs of New York.

BEST ACTOR. The obvious choice is Forest Whitaker, but the movie never made much of a splash, and it's more of a supporting role. Still, Ryan Gosling probably won't get it, while it doesn't feel like Will Smith or Leo DiCaprio's year. Peter O'Toole could have snuck in, but Venus made less of a splash than Last King of Scotland. And Whitaker is apparently a great guy. Forest Whitaker.

BEST ACTRESS. It's going to be Helen Mirren, in a walk.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR. If there was the sense that Eddie Murphy had turned the corner into being a serious actor, he'd probably win, but I really think Norbit is going to hurt way more than it helps; I think people will feel that his just being nominated will be enough. Mark Wahlberg isn't going to win, Djimon Hounsou and Jackie Earle Haley won't win, so Alan Arkin can just sneak right in and take it.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS. This is tough, because Jennifer Hudson is getting all the buzz, but at the end of the day, she sort of seems typecast in the role, and I'm not sure anyone actually expects her to have much of an acting career in general. But the two women in Babel are unlikely to win, while Cate Blanchett has one already. I wouldn't be suprised if Abigail Breslin snuck in and won, but if I have to choose, Jennifer Hudson will probably get it.

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY. The other nominees (The Queen, Babel, Pan's Labyrinth, Letters From Iwo Jima) are all solid, but look for Little Miss Sunshine to get this; out of all it's nominations, it's the one it is most likely to nail down.

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY. Look for The Departed to win over Borat, Children of Men, Little Children and Notes on a Scandal.


I think maybe The Lives of Others is going to sneak in and beat Pan's Labyrinth.

BEST DOCUMENTARY. They are going to give it to An Inconvenient Truth.

BEST ART DIRECTION. Dreamgirls could win, but my bet is Pan's Labyrinth.

Because it deserves it, and because it should get something, Children of Men.

BEST FILM EDITING. Because it definitely deserves something, United 93.

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE. I don't know. The Queen, maybe.

BEST ORIGINAL SONG. Probably "Listen", from Dreamgirls, since it is the only one that actually got much airplay.

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS. Easy. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.

It's going to be Pan's Labyrinth here.


At 11:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of the top awards I think it will go:
Best picture: Babel
Best Directory: Scorsese
Best actor: Forest Whitaker (but I'd prefer Gosling)
Best actress: Helen Mirren (but I'd prefer Kate Winslet)
Best supporting actress: Hudson
Best supporting actor: Eddie Murphy
Best original script: Little Miss Sunshine
Best adapted script: The Departed

Of course, I am terrible at predicting this. All I really want is for Scorsese to win.

At 11:43 AM, Blogger S. A. Petrich said...

Well, if I got the pick the winners, these would they be:

Best Picture: The Departed (Not the year's best, but the best of the nominated).
Director: Martin Scorsese.
Leading Actor: Whitaker.
Leading Actress: Mirren.
Supporting Actor: Wahlberg.
Supporting Actress: Breslin.
Original Screenplay: Little Miss Sunshine.
Adapted Screenplay: The Departed.
Cinematography: Children of Men.
Editing: Children of Men.
Visual effects: Dead Man's Chest.
Foreign Language Film: Pan's Labirynth.
Make-up: Pan's Labirynth.
Documentary: (You mean there's a competition?) An Inconvenient Truth.

Of course, I am always wrong.

At 1:12 PM, Blogger shecanfilmit said...

Hey Scott. I flew to Portland last night to attend my friend's Oscar party. I'm so hungover right now that I can't think, so I'm filling in the ballot she gave me with your picks. I'll let you know how you do.

At 1:42 PM, Blogger Deron said...

Wow. I actually agree with your picks to nearly a won, except I wonder about maybe Children of Men taking Best Adapted, and Pan's Labyrinth has to get Best Foreign.

Meanwhile, come on, Little Miss Sunshine!

At 9:23 PM, Blogger Scott the Reader said...

Well 12 out of 18 isn't bad. I had most of the big ones, except Best Picture.

Most of my other misses (cinematography, editing, score)were because I was picking films I had seen over films I didn't. Serves me right for missing so many big movies.

At 7:43 AM, Blogger suzbays said...

I'm impressed, Scott. You got a majority right. Good for you.

At 10:41 AM, Blogger shecanfilmit said...

You came in 2nd place. The winner was a cell phone tower repair guy. He took home $120. I was bummed.

At 4:12 PM, Blogger Peter said...

scott's hit it pretty good - I thought Happy Feet over Cars the right choice. Cars just didn't have what Pixar's previous films had.


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