Welcome to Oscar Night at Casa Augs!
Before we get to my picks (utterly worthless in essentially every sense of the word), let me say a few things:
– Miley Cyrus should not be allowed near the Kodak Theater on Oscar night. She’s an talentless hack.
– I’m a fan of Alec Baldwin but not so much of Steve Martin. When it comes to old-school SNL alum, I’ve always been a Murray kinda gal.
– 10 films? Really, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences? That doesn’t seem a bit excessive to you? No? Ok….
Actor in a Leading Role:
Morgan Freeman in “Invictus” — I know. I know. There’s a lot of buzz around Jeff Bridges for his performance in Crazy Heart, but you know what? My gut’s telling me to pick the guy who played Nelson Mandela.
Actor in a Supporting Role:
Christoph Waltz in “Inglourious Basterds” — Alternately charismatic and terrifying, Waltz was the best part of the movie. He stole every scene he was in and I really hope that he and Tarantino work together again soon.
Actress in a Leading Role:
Meryl Streep in “Julie & Julia” — Meryl Streep was Julia Childs. I know, I know — Gabby Sidibe is amazing and gives a powerhouse performance, but again, I’m going with my gut….which is a pretty good idea considering this is foodie movie.
Actress in a Supporting Role:
Mo’Nique in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” — It’s bound to happen and although I haven’t seen Precious yet (I’m scared to — I know that there’s an overarching theme of hope and overcoming insurmountable odds, but I don’t think I’d be able to handle that kind of brutality), I’m pretty certain that Sandra Bullock wasn’t nearly as powerful as Mo’Nique.
Animated Feature Film
“Coraline” Henry Selick — Neil Gaiman is pretty legendary and when you couple him with the film’s gorgeous and detail-oriented animation, it might just be enough to edge out Pixar.
“Sherlock Holmes” Art Direction: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer — Call it a hunch (see why I prefaced these picks with “utterly worthless.”
“Inglourious Basterds” Robert Richardson — The final scene in the theater clinches it for me.
“The Young Victoria” Sandy Powell – Hollywood loves costume dramas. Squeezing people into corsets at the risk of apnea = little gold man.
“The Hurt Locker” Kathryn Bigelow — Did you know that Bigelow and James Cameron were married once upon a time? I’m totally calling it for Bigelow. Yes, Cameron was King of the World back in 1998 but the world’s a different place now.
“Food, Inc.” Robert Kenner and Elise Pearlstein — It’s one of the buzziest movies of the year and has really changed the way people look at food and farming. Hopefully, that’ll have some weight when it comes to clinching the little gold statuette.
“Star Trek” Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow — Green Girl = Gold Man.
Music (Original Score)
“Up” Michael Giacchino — Totally biased because Giacchino does the music for Lost.
Music (Original Song)
“The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)” from “Crazy Heart” Music and Lyric by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett — Mathematically, Disney has the better shot (two nominations, both for The Princess and The Frog but this is a far superior song.
“The Hurt Locker” Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Nicolas Chartier and Greg Shapiro, Producers — Although Nicolas Chartier has been banned from attending, I still think that The Hurt Locker will win for Best Picture. Yes, Avatar was visually stunning but let’s face it — the movie is fucking Captain Planet with Cats.
Short Film (Animated)
“A Matter of Loaf and Death” Nick Park — Nobody does plasticine animation better than Nick Park. Viva le Wallace and Gromit!
“Avatar” Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones — This one’s a cert. The Oscar is going to Clone Wars: Thundercats.
Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
“Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher — Reitman’s got a really good shot for Up In The Air, but think that Fletcher will walk away with the award.
Writing (Original Screenplay)
“The Hurt Locker” Written by Mark Boal — It’s topical, controversial and really well-written. Sounds like an Oscar winner to me.