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Oscar Picks

March 7th, 2010 by MiamiMovieCritic in Movie Reviews

Greetings, Oscar fans! It’s that time of year again, when Hollywood congratulates itself on another job well done. Here you’ll find a list of all of the nominees, plus my preferences and predictions. I’ll be rooting for one of the nominees in the picture, animated feature, directing, screenplay and acting categories. For the rest, I’ve tried to make educated guesses. This year’s race is pretty tight, and the hosts are none other than Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin, so it’s shaping up to be an unusually entertaining Oscar night. Enjoy the show!

Best Picture

Avatar, The Blind Side, District 9, An Education, The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire, A Serious Man, Up, Up in the Air

Should Win: Inglourious Basterds
Will Win: Inglourious Basterds

Actor in a Leading Role

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

Should Win: Colin Firth
Will Win: Jeff Bridges

Actor in a Supporting Role

Matt Damon, Invictus
Woody Harrelson, The Messenger
Christopher Plummer, The Last Station
Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones
Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds

Should Win: Christoph Waltz
Will Win: Christoph Waltz

Actress in a Leading Role

Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
Helen Mirren, The Last Station
Carey Mulligan, An Education
Gabourey Sidibe, Precious, Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Saphire
Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia

Should Win: Gabourey Sidibe
Will Win: Sandra Bullock (d’oh!)

Actress in a Supporting Role

Penélope Cruz, Nine
Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air
Maggie Gyllenhaal, Crazy Heart
Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air
Mo’Nique, Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Saphire

Should Win: Mo’Nique
Will Win: Mo’Nique


James Cameron, Avatar
Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds
Jason Reitman, Up in the Air
Lee Daniels, Precious

Should Win: Quentin Tarantino
Will Win: Kathryn Bigelow

Adapted Screenplay

District 9, An Education, Precious, Up in the Air, In the Loop

Should Win: In the Loop (”‘Climbing the mountain of conflict’? You sounded like a Nazi Julie Andrews!”)
Will Win: Up in the Air

Original Screenplay

The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, A Serious Man, Up, The Messenger

Should Win: Inglourious Basterds
Will Win: Inglourious Basterds (yay Quentin!)

Animated Feature Film

Coraline, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Princess and the Frog, The Secret of Kells, Up

Should Win: Either Coraline or Fantastic Mr. Fox, I love them both
Will Win: Up

Foreign Language Film

Ajami, A Prophet, The Secret of Her Eyes, The White Ribbon, The Milk of Sorrow

Oscar Guess: The White Ribbon

Documentary Feature

Burma VJ, The Cove, Food, Inc., The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, Which Way Home

Oscar Guess: The Cove

Documentary Short Subject

China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province, The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner, The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant, Music by Prudence, Rabbit a() la Berlin

Oscar Guess: China’s Unnatural Disaster

Short Film (live action)

The Door, Instead of Abracadabra, Kavi, Miracle Fish, The New Tenants

Oscar Guess: Uhhhhhhh… The New Tenants?

Short Film (animated)

French Roast, Granny O’ Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty, Logoramam, The Lady and the Reaper, A Matter of Loaf and Death

Oscar Guess: A Matter of Loaf and Death

Film Editing

Avatar, District 9, The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, Precious

Oscar Guess: The Hurt Locker

Art Direction

Avatar, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Nine, Sherlock Holmes, The Young Victoria

Oscar Guess: Avatar


Avatar, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, The White Ribbon

Oscar Guess: Inglourious Basterds

Costume Design

Bright Star, Coco Before Chanel, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Nine, The Young Victoria

Oscar Guess: The Young Victoria


Il Divo, The Young Victoria, Star Trek

Oscar Guess: Star Trek

Original Score

Avatar, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Up, The Hurt Locker, Sherlock Holmes

Oscar Guess: Up

Original Song

“Almost There,” from The Princess and the Frog
“Down in New Orleans,” from The Princess and the Frog
“Loin de Paname,” from Paris 36
“Take It All,” from Nine
“The Weary Kind,” from Crazy Heart

Oscar Guess: “The Weary Kind”

Sound Editing

Avatar, The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, Star Trek, Up

Oscar Guess: Avatar

Sound Mixing

Avatar, The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, Star Trek, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Oscar Guess: Avatar

Visual Effects

Avatar, District 9, Star Trek

Oscar Guess: Avatar

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Give Thanks for the Movies

November 27th, 2009 by Enrique in Movie Reviews

This year I have a lot to give thanks for. For the first time in a long time I have a bit of hope for the future. Sure, Michael Bay is still making movies that millions waste their hard earned money on, and our President – try as he might – is still being opposed at every turn for attempting to bring the millions of uninsured a way of visiting a doctor without going broke. But for the first time in almost a decade somebody is trying to help us, and that’s something to smile about.

Most of my other smiles come from the movie world. There have been a lot of cinematic abortions this year (I’m thinking of you Transformers 2 & Twilight: New Moon, but the few good movies that did come out were well worth the wait. Watchmen, Inglourious Basterds, Coralline, Adventureland, Harry Potter 6, Star Trek, Terminator: Salvation, The Hurt Locker, Up, District 9, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Capitalism: A Love Story, Where the Wild Things Are, & This Is It. So far these movies have made 2009 a great year for flicks.

What I’m most thankful for is the future, the movies that I can’t wait to see. Avatar, Invictus, The Lovely Bones & Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus should make this Christmas quite spectacular. And 2010 is shaping up to be a great year with Iron Man 2, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, The Losers, Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps, Harry Potter 7 & Tron: Legacy. And let’s not forget that The Hobbit will finally begin production in 2010 with Guillermo Del Toro at the helm and Peter Jackson producing. In these hard times, escapism is something to be thankful for.

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