It’s my absolute favorite time of the year again – Oscar day! It used to actually fall right around my birthday when I was younger (I think the Oscars may have even been ON my birthday one year) and so I kind of like to think of the Oscars as a 3+ hour birthday present from Hollywood. I’m pretty sure that’s not too conceited…
My point is — I don’t care how “fussy” and “stuffy” and “boring” the Oscars are. I think they are a glamourous and entertaining tradition and I love them to bits. From opening monologue to In Memoriam, from costume and set awards to Best Picture, the Academy Awards are the best night on TV for me.
Even when it runs 30+ minutes over (maybe even because of it.)
I’m not sure how this whole James Franco/Anne Hathaway host thing is going to go, but I’ve heard that Anne is an amazing singer, so I’m hoping it’s a mix of Billy Crystal hysterics and Hugh Jackman’s opening number.
In terms of the awards themselves, I’m going to go out on a limb and announce who I think will (or should) win some of the big ones ahead of time, just for fun. I’m mostly just excited that I’ve seen most of the contenders for the first time in a while. Feel free to compare/argue your choices in the comments. I’m incredibly disappointed that I have to DVR the Oscars tonight and watch them tomorrow, but this is going to be my own personal little reference guide for when I do get to watch.
Here we go:
Best Actor: I think it will (rightfully) go to Colin Firth for the King’s Speech. I LOVE that movie, so I’m really excited about this one.
Best Actress: Natalie Portman. Though I’ve heard really good things about Annette Bening, so maybe there’ll be an upsest?
Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale. I normally really like him, and I think he brought the crazy-in-a-good-way to The Fighter. I ALSO really love Geoffrey Rush in King’s Speech though, so I’d be ok if he won instead.
Best Supporting Actress: I think it will be Melissa Leo for The Fighter, but I want it to be Helena Bonham Carter for King’s Speech. I also love Amy Adams though. This is a tough one!
Best Original Screenplay: I’m split, but I think it will be between King’s Speech and Inception.
Best Adapted Screenplay: Will/should: Social Network Want: Toy Story 3 (I really enjoyed Social Network, but I also LOVE the blend of elements in Toy Story 3, and thought it was incredibly well done)
Best Director: David Fincher for Social Network will win? But I wouldn’t mind Tom Hooper winning for King’s Speech.
Best Picture: I THINK it will be King’s Speech – it’s a should/want for me. Potential upset could be Social Network though, since it’s been winning a lot of other stuff.
and some of the more “obscure ones” just because I like them.
Best Animated Feature: Toy Story 3, since I don’t think it will take Best Picture. A close 2nd for me, and potential upset, could be How to Train Your Dragon.
Best Original Song: “I See the Light” from Tangled. Give ’em one, please! I also like the Country Strong song though. And I really have no idea which song has the most “buzz” right now
Best Original Score: I have no idea on the will/should front, and they are all VERY strong scores this year in my opinion. I want it to be How to Train Your Dragon though, if for no other reason than it gets stuck in my head the most.
Best Art Direction: (I love the way they typically present this award — showing concept art that fades into that scene in the film so you can see the process) This is Alice in Wonderland’s chance. I could see King’s Speech or Harry Potter getting it too, though.
Best Costume Design: (I love this one for the same reason as Art Direction) King’s Speech? (Oscar loves their period pieces) Could also be True Grit or Alice though.
I didn’t see any of the foreign films, shorts (live or animated) or documentaries so I can’t really speak to those…and I normally just COMPLETELY guess the VFX and sound awards because I can never figure out how they pick that one — if I ever get it right it’s because I’m a lucky duck.
So there you go! Happy Oscar Viewing everyone! It’s early Sunday morning here, but we only have a couple of more hours to go before red carpet pre-shows start!
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