It’s officially Oscar season, and in a rare turn of events I’ve seen all but two of the Best Picture nominations. Unlike previous years they’ve expanded the category to ten films, maybe they weren’t sure they’d have six brilliant films by this time. As expected ‘Avatar’ has been nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects – I think the one it really deserves is the VFX one, although I’d be overjoyed if ‘Star Trek’ walked away with that one! If it takes home the ‘Best Picture’ I’d really have to question what exactly the ‘Academy’ are looking for, is ‘Avatar’ really better than these films? ‘The Blind Side’, ‘District 9’, ‘An Education’, ‘The Hurt Locker’, ‘Inglorious Basterds’, ‘Precious’, ‘A Serious Man’, ‘Up in the Air’, or ‘Up’?
Even though ‘Avatar’ was impressive, I would love for ‘Sherlock Holmes’ to come away with the award for art direction (and music, that score was fantastic!).
Okay so my predictions:
Best Picture: The Hurt Locker or Precious
Best Actor: Jeremy Renner
Best Supporting Actor: haven’t seen the pictures they’re all from, with the exception of Stanley Tucci, whilst I thought he was great I don’t think he was award worthy.
Best Actress: Gabourey Sidibe (randomly, why wasn’t the girl who played Susie Salmon nominated? She was excellent).
Best Supporting Actress: Mo’Nique or Vera Farmiga
Best Animated Film: Up or The Princess and the Frog
Art Direction: Sherlock Holmes or Nine
Cinematography: The Hurt Locker or Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker or Less Daniels for Precious
Original Score: Sherlock Holmes
Animated Short Film: A Matter of Loaf and Death
Visual Effects: District 9
Adapted Screenplay: In the Loop or Precious
Original Screenplay: The Hurt Locker
(didn’t do all categories obviously, I haven’t seen any of the documentaries of short films this year.)