My 2010 Oscar Nominations Rant (and Predictions)!

February 3, 2010 in Entertainment by pacejmiller

The Oscars are here again!

So…the 2010 Oscar nominations have been announced (for the full list check here).

I love the Oscars.  Always have, probably always will.  There’s something about a bunch of really famous, talented people dressing up, patting themselves on the back and thanking everyone under the sun that inspires the entire human race.  I mean it.

The most noticeable change in this year’s Academy Awards ceremony is the number of nominees for Best Picture, which has been doubled from the usual five to ten.  The Academy really believed it when former losers said they were “happy just to be nominated”. 

Now, instead of the usual four losers putting on awkward smiles with tears in their eyes, clapping weakly/violently as the winner walks up to accept their statuette, there will now be nine.  Awesome.

The other noticeable change this year is that Sandra Bullock got nominated.  I like Sandra Bullock.  I really do.  I loved Speed (the film).  But really, her acting is a bit…well…

I’m being unfair here because I haven’t seen The Blind Side, but this performance has to be at least 7.8 times better than anything she has ever done for that nomination to be deserved.  I hope that is the case, or else before you know it you’ll be seeing Matthew McConaughey (the male equivalent in terms of talent and quality of movies after the initial breakthrough film – Speed for Bullock and A Time to Kill for McConaughey) collecting a statuette for Contact 2: Can’t Touch This.

Now, here are some random comments on the nominees in each category.

(Read my rants on each category by clicking on ‘more…’)

Let's face it - Avatar is going to clean up this year

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

A good collection of proper ‘films’ and enjoyable ‘movies’.  I can’t see Avatar NOT winning the big one.  When Titanic first came out, it was widely panned by the critics, but commercial success made everyone rethink their initial assessment.  Critics have learned their lesson with Avatar, giving it generally excellent reviews the first time around.  It’s a ground-breaking movie, for sure, and would probably get my vote too, even if it’s just for entertainment value alone.  The dark horse will have to be The Hurt Locker (which I am watching next week).

I was surprised with District 9‘s nomination.  I quite liked it, and it was very clever, but I would have never guessed it would get a best picture nomination.  There is no way it and Up would have been nominated if there were only five nominees.

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

After everyone got off the George Clooney bandwagon, the money is now on Jeff Bridges to repeat his Golden Globe victory by winning for Crazy Heart, which I have not seen but gets my vote as having the boringest trailer of the year so far.  Perhaps he should win it, as a tribute to his performance as the Dude in The Big Lebowski.

The Blind Side will probably be Sandra Bullock's Erin Brokovich

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

It will be a big shock if Sandra Bullock doesn’t win.  I hope she gets the Razzie as well for All About Steve.  That would be awesome, though I fear Megan Fox has too much momentum going for her.

Best Supporting Actor: Matt Damon, Invictus; Woody Harrelson, The Messenger; ChristopherPlummer, The Last Station; Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones; Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds

Christoph Waltz all the way.  A performance that blew me away.  This is the one category where I strongly believe a particular guy should win.

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: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

Looks like Mo’Nique is gonna clinch this one.  I would really like either of the Up in the Air ladies to win it (and I am shocked because I can’t believe Kendrick was so awesome in it).  Actually, anyone except Penelope Cruz for Nine.

There is a 79% chance James Cameron's head will get so big it literally explodes on stage if he wins Best Director

Best Director: James Cameron, Avatar; Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker; Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds; Lee Daniels, Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire; Jason Reitman, Up in the Air

Let’s face it, Mr King of the World will probably win this one again, simply because Avatar was so ground-breaking, took boatloads of money to make and took a long time to complete.  Like she was for the Golden Globes, ex-wife Bigelow should have a chance.

Best Foreign Film: Ajami, Israel; El Secreto de Sus Ojos, Argentina; The Milk of Sorrow, Peru; Un Prophete, France; The White Ribbon, Germany.

Ohh…Broken Embraces wasn’t nominated!  Apart from that, I have no comment.  Besides I predict The White Ribbon to win.

Best Adapted Screenplay: Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell, District 9; Nick Hornby, An Education; Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche, In the Loop; Geoffrey Fletcher, Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire; Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, Up in the Air 

My guess is Up in the Air will get this one, though it would be cool to see District 9 grab one.

Best Original Screenplay: Mark Boal, The Hurt Locker; Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds; Alessandro Camon and Oren Moverman, The Messenger; Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, A Serious Man; Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, Tom McCarthy, Up

I don’t know what happened to Tarantino, but it feels like the glow has left the man.  Accordingly, Boal to win for The Hurt Locker.

Best Animated Feature: Coraline; Fantastic Mr. Fox; The Princess and the Frog; The Secret of Kells; Up

Seems like Up really has the momentum here, so I predict it will win.  Wouldn’t really make sense, would it, if Up was good enough to be nominated for Best Picture but loses to four other films that weren’t.  Fair, in my opinion, as I rate Up pretty highly.

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

This will be one of those throwaway ones that the voters will give to Avatar without even thinking about it.

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

Actually, I thought the cinematography for HP6 was pretty good!  But alas, Avatar’s computer scenery will win.

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

Haha, I would love it if Transformers 2 won this one, but we all know that’s not going to happen.  There is a chance Star Trek might get a consolation prize, but the odds are heavily in favourite of Avatar.

Sound Editing: Avatar, The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, Star Trek, Up

See second sentence of above category.

Best Original Score: Avatar, James Horner; Fantastic Mr. Fox, Alexandre Desplat; The Hurt Locker, Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders; Sherlock Holmes, Hans Zimmer; Up, Michael Giacchino

The Horndog might win this one for Avatar, but I am going with Up.  By the way, did Sherlock Holmes even have any music?  I can’t recall…

Best Original Song: Almost There from The Princess and the Frog, Randy Newman; Down in New Orleans from The Princess and the Frog, Randy Newman; Loin de Paname from Paris 36, Reinhardt Wagner and Frank Thomas; Take It All from Nine, Maury Yeston; The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart) from Crazy Heart, Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett

As long as Celine Dion doesn’t sing with a blue diamond around her neck I don’t care who wins.  For prediction purposes I am going with the theme from Crazy Heart.  It is a music film, isn’t it?

One of the top 10 most cringeworthy Oscar moments of all time

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

Going to be a tight one between the critically acclaimed Bright Star and The Young Victoria.  I’m going to go with the latter because voters seem to love royal clothes from that period.

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

I have absolutely no idea…random guess: The Most Dangerous Man in America – I am keen to know who this is.  Matthew McConaughey?  (Probably Tom Cruise or Tiger Woods or Jay Leno).

Best Short Subject Documentary: 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

Another zero idea one.  Gut instinct says China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province will win given the recent reminder of the tragedy in Haiti.

Film Editing: Avatar, District 9, The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

Another throwaway to Avatar.

Make-up: Il Divo, Star Trek, The Young Victoria

I had to look this one up.  No, Il Divo is not a film about the male singing group, though I am sure if it was, copious amounts of make-up would have been necessary too.  It’s a biopic about a former Italian Prime Minister.  Whatever, Star Trek to take this one!

Il Divo. Second from the left. 'Nuff said.

Animated Short Film: French Roast, Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty, The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte), Logorama, A Matter of Loaf and Death

Can’t go past a film with a name like Logorama.

Live Action Short Film: The Door, Instead of Abracadabra, Kavi, Miracle Fish, The New Tenants

Miracle Fish sounds about right.

Visual Effects: Avatar, District 9, Star Trek

As amazing as the visual effects were in the other two films, how can you go past Avatar, which is almost entirely visual effects?  This one will be the most sure thing of the night.