Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Oscar Picks: 2009

OK, I can't let an Oscar season go by without making my selections. As AwardsDaily says, No Guts, No Glory.

Plus, an outfit in Great Britain called Voucher Codes asked me to do a post on my choices as part of an Oscar predictions contest they are running.

Frankly, I'm much better at reviewing past Oscar contests than keeping up with the current race. And I haven't seen everything yet. But, what the heck? So, here are my choices:

Best Picture: The Hurt Locker
Best Actor: Jeff Bridges
Best Actress: Meryl Streep
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz
Best Supporting Actress: Mo'nique
Best Director: Kathryn Bigalow
Best Adapted Screenplay: Up in the Air
Best Original Screenplay: Inglourious Basterds
Best Animated Feature: Up
Best Foreign Language Film: El Secreto de Sus Ojos
Best Cinematography: Avatar
Best Costume Design: The Young Victoria
Best Art Direction: Avatar
Best Visual Effects: Avatar
Best Film Editing: The Hurt Locker
Best Sound Editing: Avatar
Best Sound Mixing: Avatar
Best Makeup: Star Trek
Best Original Score: Up
Best Original Song: The Weary Kind

What do you think?


  1. I'm wondering if there won't be some upsets this year. Your picks mirror mine, but I'm picking "Inglourious Basterds" for Best Picture and Carey Mulligan for Best Actress. Long shots, I know (though I'm more comfortable with my Best Picture choice). Everyone is picking Sandra Bullock, but I'm not so sure. You may be right with your Meryl Streep selection.

  2. That's really funny about best picture. I was waffling between The Hurt Locker and Inglourious Basterds. My gut was saying Basterds but logic was going for Locker. So we will see. There has to be a surprise, right? I'm guessing it will be in the actress race, particularly since the other three acting categories are total locks for Jeff Bridges, Christoph Waltz and Mo'nique. Sandra Bullock is so popular, though. I think it was Time magazine that said voting for her and Jeff Bridges is like voting for prom queen and king ... it has less to do with the actual performances than about how people like them right now. I enjoyed Carey Mulligan, but I think the Academy will be in a "wait and see" mode regarding her in hopes she can follow this up with more great performances.

  3. I don't expect to win this year. I elected to go with my heart rather than logic. I picked Mulligan because it was my favorite of the five nominees and I can see a lot of academy members seeing themselves as that girl. Saying that, it's likely to be Streep or Bullock.