Oscars 2010
It's that time of year again. Oscar season.
The time where the "experts" at the Academy vote and deem the "Best of the Best" for 2010. Here are my pics for this year.
  • X - My pick for winner
  • * - My personal pick for winner
Categories: 24
Correct X's: 13 / 24
Correct *'s: 9 / 24
Complete Misses: 10 / 24
* beats X: 1 / 11
  Oscar Winner
  Movies I've seen
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
X Jeff Bridges for Crazy Heart (2009)
  George Clooney for Up in the Air (2009/I)
  Colin Firth for A Single Man (2009)
  Morgan Freeman for Invictus (2009)
* Jeremy Renner for The Hurt Locker (2008)
  • Presenter: Kate Winslet
  • Comments: I thought it was pretty cool how they handled this. Having one actor/actress that worked with a nominee give a small speech about them.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
  Matt Damon for Invictus (2009)
  Woody Harrelson for The Messenger (2009/I)
  Christopher Plummer for The Last Station (2009)
  Stanley Tucci for The Lovely Bones (2009)
X* Christoph Waltz for Inglourious Basterds (2009)
  • Presenter: PenĂ©lope Cruz
  • Comments: This was the first acceptance of the night and the best speech. Telling the thank you's in the form of chronicaling a journey. Excellent metaphor.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
X* Sandra Bullock for The Blind Side (2009)
  Helen Mirren for The Last Station (2009)
  Carey Mulligan for An Education (2009)
  Gabourey Sidibe for Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009)
  Meryl Streep for Julie & Julia (2009)
  • Presenter: Sean Penn
  • Comments: Sandra gave a great speech, following Sean Penn's terrible lead in.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
  Penélope Cruz for Nine (2009)
  Vera Farmiga for Up in the Air (2009/I)
X Maggie Gyllenhaal for Crazy Heart (2009)
* Anna Kendrick for Up in the Air (2009/I)
  Mo'Nique for Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009)
  • Presenter: Robin Williams
  • Comments: Nothing like being to full of yourself. She may or may not have meant that to be the message, but it was. (On my end anyway).
Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
  Coraline (2009): Henry Selick
* Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009): Wes Anderson
  The Princess and the Frog (2009): John Musker, Ron Clements
  The Secret of Kells (2009): Tomm Moore
X Up (2009): Pete Docter
  • Presenter: Cameron Diaz & Steve Carell
  • Comments: Note to Hollywood. Make an animated film about an old man and a kid that is either Asian or has Down Syndrome and you get an Oscar. I know it reads horrible, but I'm not the only one thinking it.
Best Achievement in Art Direction
X* Avatar (2009): Rick Carter, Robert Stromberg, Kim Sinclair
  The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009): David Warren, Anastasia Masaro, Caroline Smith
  Nine (2009): John Myhre, Gordon Sim
  Sherlock Holmes (2009): Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer
  The Young Victoria (2009): Patrice Vermette, Maggie Gray
  • Presenter: Sigourney Weaver
  • Comments: This was a shoe in. Pure Eye-gasm the whole movie.
Best Achievement in Cinematography
X Avatar (2009): Mauro Fiore
  Das weisse Band - Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte (2009): Christian Berger
  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009): Bruno Delbonnel
* The Hurt Locker (2008): Barry Ackroyd
  Inglourious Basterds (2009): Robert Richardson
  • Presenter: Sandra Bullock
  • Comments: Some would argue that Cinematography is easy when you have to render the entire movie, but you still need the vision to set up the shots.
Best Achievement in Costume Design
  Bright Star (2009): Janet Patterson
  Coco avant Chanel (2009): Catherine Leterrier
* The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009): Monique Prudhomme
X Nine (2009): Colleen Atwood
  The Young Victoria (2009): Sandy Powell
  • Presenter: Tom Ford & Sarah Jessica Parker
  • Comments: Sandy Powell gets my "F*** you, give this award to someone else" Award. Ungrateful. "I have 2 of these already blah blah blah".
Best Achievement in Directing
* Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker (2008)
X James Cameron for Avatar (2009)
  Lee Daniels for Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009)
  Jason Reitman for Up in the Air (2009/I)
  Quentin Tarantino for Inglourious Basterds (2009)
  • Presenter: Barbara Streisand
  • Comments: Here's my opinion. This award went to the Best Director of 2010. Regardless of sex, race, color, creed.
Best Documentary, Features
  Burma VJ: Reporter i et lukket land (2008): Anders Østergaard, Lise Lense-Møller
  The Cove (2009): Nominees to be determined
X* Food, Inc. (2008): Robert Kenner, Elise Pearlstein
  The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers (2009): Judith Ehrlich, Rick Goldsmith
  Which Way Home (2009): Rebecca Cammisa
  • Presenter: Matt Damon
  • Comments: Hey new guy, you can't hold up a banner at the Oscar's. Even if it is just to say "Text Dolphin to 44144".
Best Documentary, Short Subjects
  China's Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province (2009) (TV): Jon Alpert, Matthew O'Neill
  The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner (2009): Daniel Junge, Henry Ansbacher
X* The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant (2009) (TV): Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert
  Królik po berlinsku (2009): Bartosz Konopka, Anna Wydra
  Music by Prudence (2010): Roger Ross Williams, Elinor Burkett
  • Presenter: Carey Mulligan & Zoe Saldana
  • Comments: This is what an acceptance speech looks like when one director is fit and the other one is a loud-mouth, slow-moving beotch.
Best Achievement in Film Editing
  Avatar (2009): Stephen E. Rivkin, John Refoua, James Cameron
  District 9 (2009): Julian Clarke
X The Hurt Locker (2008): Bob Murawski, Chris Innis
* Inglourious Basterds (2009): Sally Menke
  Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009): Joe Klotz
  • Presenter: Tyler Perry
  • Comments: Get some Hurt Locker!
Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
  Ajami (2009)(Israel)
X* Das weisse Band - Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte (2009)(Germany)
  El secreto de sus ojos (2009)(Argentina)
  Un prophète (2009)(France)
  La teta asustada (2009)(Peru)
Best Achievement in Makeup
  Il divo (2008): Aldo Signoretti, Vittorio Sodano
X* Star Trek (2009): Barney Burman, Mindy Hall, Joel Harlow
  The Young Victoria (2009): John Henry Gordon, Jenny Shircore
  • Presenter: Ben Stiller
  • Comments: Dear Ben, Shave the goatee. It'll grow back.
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
* Avatar (2009): James Horner
  Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009): Alexandre Desplat
  The Hurt Locker (2008): Marco Beltrami, Buck Sanders
  Sherlock Holmes (2009): Hans Zimmer
X Up (2009): Michael Giacchino
  • Presenter: Jennifer Lopez & Sam Worthington
  • Comments: Normally I'm not really into Modern Interprative dance, but this was a very very cool way to intro this category.
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song
X* Crazy Heart (2009): T-Bone Burnett, Ryan Bingham("The Weary Kind")
  Faubourg 36 (2008): Reinhardt Wagner, Frank Thomas("Loin de Paname")
  Nine (2009): Maury Yeston("Take It All")
  The Princess and the Frog (2009): Randy Newman("Almost There")
  The Princess and the Frog (2009): Randy Newman("Down in New Orleans")
  • Presenter: Amanda Seyfried & Miley Cyrus
  • Comments: First, this was a phenominal song/soundtrack. Second, either Amanda is tiny (return my calls eh!) or Miley is HUGE.
Best Motion Picture of the Year
X Avatar (2009): James Cameron, Jon Landau
  The Blind Side (2009): Gil Netter, Andrew A. Kosove, Broderick Johnson
* District 9 (2009): Peter Jackson, Carolynne Cunningham
  An Education (2009): Finola Dwyer, Amanda Posey
  The Hurt Locker (2008): Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Nicolas Chartier, Greg Shapiro
  Inglourious Basterds (2009): Lawrence Bender
  Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009): Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness, Gary Magness
  A Serious Man (2009): Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
  Up (2009): Jonas Rivera
  Up in the Air (2009/I): Daniel Dubiecki, Ivan Reitman, Jason Reitman
  • Presenter: Tom Hanks
  • Comments: FINALLY! I have been saying for years that the Best Picture winner had BETTER win the most other awards.
Best Short Film, Animated
  French Roast (2008): Fabrice Joubert
  Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty (2008): Nicky Phelan, Darragh O'Connell
  La dama y la muerte (2009): Javier Recio Gracia
  Logorama (2009): Nicolas Schmerkin
X* Wallace and Gromit in 'A Matter of Loaf and Death' (2008) (TV): Nick Park
Best Short Film, Live Action
X* The Door (2008): Juanita Wilson, James Flynn
  Istället för abrakadabra (2008): Patrik Eklund, Mathias Fjällström
  Kavi (2009): Gregg Helvey
  Miracle Fish (2009): Luke Doolan, Drew Bailey
  The New Tenants (2009): Joachim Back, Tivi Magnusson
  • Presenter: Carey Mulligan & Zoe Saldana
  • Comments: Meh, none of these really twisted my giblets. I did like the intro from Oscar winning directors that started in the Short Film Category.
Best Achievement in Sound Editing
  Avatar (2009): Christopher Boyes, Gwendolyn Yates Whittle
X* The Hurt Locker (2008): Paul N.J. Ottosson
  Inglourious Basterds (2009): Wylie Stateman
  Star Trek (2009): Mark P. Stoeckinger, Alan Rankin
  Up (2009): Michael Silvers, Tom Myers
  • Presenter: Zach Efron & Anna Kendrick
  • Comments: Very cool way to explain how Sound Editing (and Mixing) is put together. Seriously Anna, return a guys calls.
Best Achievement in Sound Mixing
X Avatar (2009): Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson, Tony Johnson
  The Hurt Locker (2008): Paul N.J. Ottosson, Ray Beckett
  Inglourious Basterds (2009): Michael Minkler, Tony Lamberti, Mark Ulano
  Star Trek (2009): Anna Behlmer, Andy Nelson, Peter J. Devlin
* Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009): Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Geoffrey Patterson
Best Achievement in Visual Effects
X* Avatar (2009): Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham, Andy Jones
  District 9 (2009): Dan Kaufman, Peter Muyzers, Robert Habros, Matt Aitken
  Star Trek (2009): Roger Guyett, Russell Earl, Paul Kavanagh, Burt Dalton
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
* District 9 (2009): Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell
  An Education (2009): Nick Hornby
  In the Loop (2009): Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche
  Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009): Geoffrey Fletcher
X Up in the Air (2009/I): Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner
  • Presenter: Rachel McAdams & Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Comments: I can't remember what was said during the speech, but Steve Martin followed it with a stellar zinger.
Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
X* The Hurt Locker (2008): Mark Boal
  Inglourious Basterds (2009): Quentin Tarantino
  The Messenger (2009/I): Alessandro Camon, Oren Moverman
  A Serious Man (2009): Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
  Up (2009): Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, Thomas McCarthy

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