[UPDATE] 14 out of 24. Sounds about right.
Just to have a record of what I said somewhere, so that when I get them all correct on Sunday (haha, what a joke, doubt I’ve ever done better than 60%), here are my Oscar picks for this year. Feel free to tell us your picks, or just make a mockery of my picks (I don’t mind).
Best Picture: The Artist
It’s one of those good years when the best film nominated, and my favorite in the category, is favored to win. Sadly, it’s also one of those years where the Best Picture category is almost embarrassingly mediocre for the most part.
Best Director: The Artist
They’re usually pretty uniform with Best Picture/ Best Director (not always of course), and I think it will be that way this year. Though, I love Alexander Payne’s films, and think he deserves a statue at this point in his career.
Best Original Screenplay: Midnight in Paris
In some odd turn of events, people are praising The Artist for having the best screenplay of the year… It must have some beautifully written action/description paragraphs… I thought The Artist succeeded mostly through a *simple* story, told with keen direction, great set pieces, and charismatic acting. Not brilliant in the story itself, but mainly in the execution of it all. I never thought the screenplay would get praised as much as it is. And because of that, I’m going with Woody. Midnight in Paris is his best film in years.
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Descendants
Probably the best screenplay of the year from any film. And I would like to see Jim Rash (Dean Pelton from Community) on stage with an Oscar.
Best Actor: George Clooney, The Descendants
I think it might actually end up going to Jean Dujardin, which is fine I guess. But if the Academy does things right, they’ll recognize Clooney gave the better, more skilled performance.
Best Actress: Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
You know what I hate about the eventual award for Streep here? The fact that she’s in a bad movie. I know the argument there is that it’s a great performance in a bad movie. Well, based on the trailers (I don’t ever plan on actually watching The Iron Lady), it doesn’t even look like that great a job she’s doing, certainly not better than other work she’s done and *not* won an award for. And the Academy is then basically giving an endorsement for people to rent and spend money on a bad movie. I get it if it’s a mind blowing performance that MUST be seen, but this doesn’t seem the case, and now my mom will probably waste two hours watching The Iron Lady when it comes out on DVD because she’ll see that Meryl Streep won an award for it. Rooney Mara deserves the award for Dragon Tattoo, for not only doing a great job, but also being in a movie people should actually see.
Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, The Help
She was the best part about The Help, and probably the best in the category as well.
Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Seems pretty unanimous. Sorry, Fat Jonah.
Film Editing: Hugo
Schoonmaker ftw. Even though I thought the first half of Hugo was draggy, for some reason I get the feeling Thelma will win this one. My pick would have been Dragon Tattoo, or even Moneyball, over Hugo. But I’m just going with who I think will win. Most people liked Hugo way more than I did (I didn’t hate it, I gave it a 6.5 out of 10).
Cinematography: The Tree of Life
I hated The Tree of Life, but honestly the only thing it had going for it in my opinion was spectacular cinematography. Plus it’s winning other awards for cinematography, so it seems logical.
Art Direction: Hugo
Non stop set pieces! The Artist was really good in this category too, but I think Hugo has the edge.
Best Costume Design: Hugo
Though, a Madonna-directed period piece about rich British people (W.E.)? That also seems like a correct choice. Meanwhile, the guy who created the scorpion jacket from Drive didn’t even get a nomination.
Best Makeup: Albert Nobbs
The whole movie is about making women look like men. It’s about makeup! Though, who knows, they could decide to give The Iron Lady TWO Oscars… Semi-related side note; does anyone else watch Face Off on SyFy Network? It’s a reality show where people compete to make movie makeup (mostly monster kind of stuff). It’s pretty cool, just sayin’.
Best Sound Mixing: War Horse
Haven’t seen it (it screamed ‘wait for DVD’ from the get go), but seems logical here.
Best Sound Editing: War Horse
My gut was to go with Transformers, because it probably does in fact have the best sound editing, but the previous two Transformers films have been nominated for the same award and lost both times. So what will be different about this time? Going with War Horse to dominate the two sound categories.
Best Visual Effects: Rise of the Planet of the Apes
I think everyone agrees the apes were pretty awesome in that movie. Plus, it’s a good movie in general. That usually helps.
Best Original Score: The Artist
It’s a silent film. The entire thing is music driven.
Best Original Song: “Man or Muppet” from The Muppets
If this doesn’t win, my TV will receive a spinning axe kick. Yes, I can do that. Probably. I haven’t tried.
Best Animated Film: Rango
Rango was in my top 5 films of last year. But I wouldn’t be too surprised if one of the foreign entries no one has seen pulls this off instead.
Best Documentary Feature: Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
To be honest, it’s the only film I’ve seen in this category, BUT (as you can see from my post from earlier this week) I think it’s the bee’s knees.
Best Foreign Language Film: A Separation (Iran)
As a middle-class American, I have seen none of the films in this category. But I’ve *heard* that A Separation is pretty great.
Live Action Short: Raju
Watched all the trailers for these, and Raju is my bet to win.
Documentary Short: Saving Face
Again, after watching all the trailers (thoroughly!), Saving Face seems like the most impactful doc.
Animated Short: The Fantastic Flying Books or Mr. Morris Lessmore
Let’s see how shitty I do this year!