Oscar Preview – by Peno Noir

Yesterday, you may have read Vagabond Joe’s Oscar predictions. He gave a pretty good rundown of what we expect to see on Sunday, including something hot messy from Helena Bonham Carter, so I’ll just cut straight to my picks.

Best Picture: The Social Network. I’ll admit it, I really liked it. I may have liked other films more, but this movie was well written, well acted, and is about the biggest phenomenon since the start of the internet. 

Actor: Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) He’s won all of them up to now, right?

Actress: Natalie Portman (Black Swan) Weight loss: check. Physically demanding: check. Emotional performance: check. Previous wins: check. 

Supporting Actor: Christian Bale (The Fighter) Christian Bale is one of the best actors around. He makes smart decisions when picking movies, and does amazing work. Plus, a member of The Newsies winning an Oscar? Yes, please.

Supporting Actress: Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) This would be a big upset over Melissa Leo, but Hailee Steinfeld was amazing. She held her own on screen with Matt Damon and last years Best Actor winner Jeff Bridges.

Director: Darren Aranofsky (Black Swan) This is not going to happen, I know this and it goes against the “predictions” part of this and moves it into “wish list” but I’d really like to see Aranofsky win this, not just for the end result of the film, but for the way he works with actors. 

Animated Picture: Toy Story 3 I’ll admit it. I cried in the theater, and if you say you didn’t at least tear up, you’re a liar.

Art Direction: Jess Gonchor, Nancy Haigh (True Grit) Inception, Alice and Harry Potter seemed too computerized, in my opinion. 

Cinematography: Matthew Libatique (Black Swan) The filming of Black Swan was beautiful, plain and simple, especially the ballet scene.

Costume Design: Colleen Atwood (Alice In Wonderland) There are some people that take an animated feature and when they redo it they make it nearly unrecognizable….. Tim Burton and Colleen Atwood did not do that. From the Tweedles to the Queen, spot on.

Documentary Feature: Exit Through the Gift Shop VJ got it spot on, Banksy is big right now. There’s a lot of talk about his art and now this documentary.

Documentary Short: Poster Girl PTSD in returning soldiers and military mental health care is huge right now. A film that brings that to light should get some praise.

Film Editing: Andrew Weisblum (Black Swan) Editing is about more than just putting pictures together, it’s about timing and keeping a pace. Well done.

Foreign Language Film: Biutiful I haven’t seen it, but I probably will, it has Javier Bardem in it. Enough said.

Makeup: Rick Baker, David Elsey (The Wolfman) This came down to people who need to look windburnt*, making people look old, and monsters. I pick monsters.

Animated Short: Let’s Pollute I love satire.

Live Action Short: Na Wewe I just read a book about the genocide in Rwanda between the Hutus and the Tutsis, so I’m going with what I know.

Original Score: Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross (The Social Network) Big name rock star up for an Oscar? The Academy loves that.

Original Song: “We Belong Together” Randy Newman (Toy Story 3) Randy Newman is a well known songwriter, put that together with Toy Story 3 and you have a winner.

Sound Editing: Richard King (Inception) Big movie, BIG BIG sound

Sound Mixing: Lora Hirschberg, Gary Rizzo, Ed Novick (Inception) Lots of big noises in this movie.

Visual Effects: Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley, Pete Bebb, Paul J. Franklin (Inception)  I don’t think I have to explain this one.

Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) It’s snappy, it’s witty at times, it’s the guy that gave us The West Wing.

Original Screenplay: Christopher Nolan (Inception) Layers, and layers, and layers, and layers.

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