THE OSCARS ARE AROUND THE CORNER (25 days). And I always have an Oscar Ballot on hand. I don’t have anybody to compete with but I am publicly posting this so that if anyone else has one, we can arrive to a competition! CHALLENGE ACCEPTED! Anywho, here are my picks and explanations! Leggo!
Best Picture: The Artist
I’ve only seen 2 of the 9 nominees and I found both movies to be great, The Help more so than Moneyball. The Help has a real chance to win but I doubt it since there are other movies in the category that seem to have a better chance. I’m incredibly surprised at how many nominations Hugo received, so if it won Best Picture I wouldn’t be surprised. But due to it’s sheer originality and risky nature, I have to go withThe Artist.I also want to add that I REALLY want to see Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close & Midnight in Paris.
Best Actor: George Clooney
I just have that gut feeling. Have not seen The Descendants (man I am incredibly behind on this seasons Oscar films) but I keep hearing how George nailed this. I do NOT think Brad Pitt will win seeing as I feel his past roles had stronger acting than his performance in Moneyball. Was it well done? Yes. But not Oscar worthy. I would love to see Gary Oldman win but I feel like George has more publicity surrounding this and therefore will win.
Best Actress: Viola Davis
THIS BETTER HAPPEN! MERYL STREEP NEEDS TO BACK OFF! I am not denying Meryl Streep’s powers and hypnotising aura that causes her to get nominated for every film she is in. HOWEVER, VIOLA DAVIS KNOCKED THIS ROLE OUT OF THE PARK! Everything you thought was going to come out of this performance you got back AND MORE. Viola performed the role of her career and she better get her proper dues. Octavia keeps getting the awards for her role but I felt Viola did a much better job than Octavia. Rooney was wonderful but I feel her character was the better than her performance (Very hard to propel yourself past that incredible character). Glenn Close would be incredible too seeing as she has been nominated so many times and no win yet. Michelle Williams deserves it too. What a strong category this year…basically I will be content with anyone besides Meryl and ecstatic if Viola won.
Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer
I notice patterns. So there is no doubt in my mind Christopher will win…but in my head, I will secretly root for Jonah Hill even though I know it won’t happen.
Best Supporting Actress: Melissa McCarthy
For the hell of it and it would make incredible television. Melissa is such a wonderful person and an even better actress. Octavia will probably get it. But wow, what would it say about the Academy if Melissa won it? I can’t wait to see.
Best Director: Martin Scorsese
Hugo got 11 nominations. Martin would get directing at a bare minimum.
Best Original Screenplay: Bridesmaids
Yes these two beautiful women wrote Bridesmaids. Maybe Midnight in Paris will snag it, but I hope not. This dialogue was too crisp and fresh to be neglected. GOOD LUCK LADIES!!
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Descendants
I’m sort of on this run where if all else fails, pick Hugo. But, The Descendants seems like a winner. It was written AND directed by Alexander Payne. I’m place my bet on them.
Best Animated Film: Rango
THATS RIGHT! NOT A PIXAR! BECAUSE CARS 2 SHOULD NEVER BEEN MADE!! Plus, Rango seemed to get excellent reviews.
Best Foreign Film: A Separation
Following in the Globes footsteps!
Best Cinematography: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
This film needs some recognition up in here. Cinematography can be a start.
Best Editing: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Editing can be added to that too!!
Best Art Direction: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
…hopefully…it deserves something!!!
Best Costume Design: The Artist
Seems fitting (shrug)
Best Makeup: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Because of the fantasy themed. Seems to add it forward a couple notches.
Best Original Score: War Horse
THAT’S RIGHT! LOOK AGAIN! JOHN WILLIAMS IS NOMINATED TWICE! FOR 2 DIFFERENT STEVEN SPIELBERG PRODUCTIONS! So…between Tintin and War Horse, I’ll say War Horse. I feel like it would be more emotion driven.
Best Original Song: The Muppets
So disappointed in the Academy. 2 nominees? Atrocious. That’s not a a real category then. I understand 3. But 2?? You guys should have looked harder. I mean GLENN CLOSE PENNED A SONG FOR GOD’S SAKE! Oh well, of these two, Muppets obviously have this one.
—-Note: The rest of these categories I do not know enough of to give an explanation of why (except for Visual Effects, but it’s so obvious, I forgo’ed the explanation) so that is why they are just listed below:
Best Sound Mixing: Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Best Sound Editing: War Horse
Best Visual Effects: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Best Documentary: Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
Best Short Documentary: God is the Bigger Elvis
Best Animated Short: La Luna
Best Live-Action Short: Tuba Atlantic
LET THE BALLOTS BEGIN!