2010 Oscars Blogfest -- Minute-by-Minute Look at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards! The Winners!!! The Losers!!! The Show!!! The Excitement!!!!  


The 82nd Annual Academy Awards is about to start. My TV screen says, 26:47...okay, I love Sandra Bullock's look!

Ooooh, is that Zac Efron on the red carpet?

What's on Charlize Theron's boobs?

Just saw Mariah Carey...would love for her to present HA!

What's Kathy Ireland doing on the carpet? Enunciate it...wun-der-ful...

Okay, JLO looks hot!

Yay, 15 more minutes, hurry up!

Gabourey Sidibe is Precious! My friend Sue says Sherri Shepherd must cover her arms!

Taylor Lautner, twihards scream!

Meryl Streep is lovely!

THREE MORE MINUTES!!!!!

THE SHOW IS ABOUT TO BEGIN!!!

THE 82ND ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS


5:30 -- The nominees for Leading Actors and Actresses are on stage...Do you like George Clooney's hair?

I love Carey Mulligan!!! J'adore Meryl Streep!!!

5:31 -- Neil Patrick Harris displays his showtunes talent again! What is he supposed to be singing about? Oh, yeah, Old Hollywood!

5:33 -- Great kitsch stage, the only thing missing is Sonny and Cher!

A bit pitchy Harris...

5:34 -- Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin descend from the heavens!

5:36 -- Aw..."The Last Station's" Christopher Plummer is having a great time!

5:37 -- The damn, er, Dame Helen Mirren! Lots of talks about Streep..

5:38 -- The cast of "Precious!" Oh wait, all I could see was Sidibe, where's her fellow cast members?

5:39 -- Cute bit when Baldwin and Martin put on 3-D glasses to introduce James Cameron!

5:40 -- Kathryn Bigelow looks like a smart Celine Dion :happy

5:41 -- Quentin Tarantino and mentions of his "Inglourious Basterds"

5:42 -- What did Bullock do to herself? She looks fabulous!!!!

5:44 -- Penelope Cruz introduces the BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR nominees...

AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR GOES TO...CHRISTOPH WALTZ FOR "INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS" -- the first Academy Award and nomination for Waltz! Back in August, I told him he'll win the Oscars...and my predictions came true :) Check my interview with Waltz for "Inglourious Basterds" right here...

5:50 -- Ryan Reynolds introduces "The Blind Side" aka white folks doing good deeds for black folks, the end...
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5:55 -- Back from commercial break...Cameron Diaz and Steve Carell take the stage...Diaz makes a booboo -- calling Carell Jude, Jude Law!

The duo is presenting the BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM...

"The Secret of Kells" is still a big secret to you and me!

AND THE WINNER FOR BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM IS "UP!" YAY!!! The first Academy Award for director Pete Docter...his first nomination was for the "Toy Story" screenplay...(check my fun one-on-one interviews with the "Up" folks right here)

6:02 -- Amanda Seyfried and Miley Cyrus present the BEST ORIGINAL SONG...AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST ORIGINAL SONG GOES TO "THE WEARY KIND" BY RYAN BINGHAM AND T BONE BURNETT!

6:05 -- Captain Kirk aka Chris Pine introduces "District 9" as one of the nominated Best Picture films...

6:12 -- Tina Fey and Robert Downey Jr. on stage for BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY....Fey looks like Tarzan's Jane...

AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY GOES TO....MARK BOAL FOR "THE HURT LOCKER" YAY!!!

So far, Harvey Weinstein's smear campaign against "The Hurt Locker" hasn't worked! Oh and so far, I'm 4 for 4 with my Oscar Predictions, yay! (Check out my complete predictions right here)

6:16 -- Molly Ringwald and Matthew Broderick reminisce about John Hughes' awesomeness!

Do you feel that the Awards night is moving right along? I'm kinda loving it! Oh, 2nd glass of wine too :happy

6:21 -- Aw...all the Hughes actors reunite on-stage! TUBULAR! Ugh, whatever happened to Judd Nelson?

6:23 -- Samuel L. Jackson, of all actors, introduces "Up!" Profanity not included...

6:28 -- The two hotties Carey Mulligan and Zoe Saldana present the BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM...

AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM GOES TO..."LOGORAMA" FROM NICOLAS SCHMERKIN...

6:33 -- The nominees for BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT...AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT GOES TO "MUSIC BY PRUDENCE" BY ROGER ROSS WILLIAMS AND ELINOR BURKETT Did Burkett just cut off Williams? Wow!

6:36 -- AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION) GOES TO "THE NEW TENANTS" FROM JOACHIM BACK AND TIVI MAGNUSSON

Okay, so far, I'm sucking in this segment. My pets, "The Last Truck," "Kavi," and "A Matter of Loaf and Death" did not win :oh

6:37 -- Ben Stiller enters in his blue "Avatar" make-up to present the BEST MAKEUP...I wonder if this is the segment that Sacha Baron Cohen was slated to present but was nixed at the last moment...Stiller stepped in...

AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST MAKEUP GOES TO "STAR TREK!"

6:43 -- Jeff Bridges introduces BEST PICTURE nominee "A Serious Man"

6:47 -- Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams present BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY nominees

6:49 -- AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY GOES TO GEOFFREY FLETCHER FOR "PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL 'PUSH' BY SAPPHIRE." SORRY JASON REITMAN AND SHELDON TURNER, THE OSCAR FRONTRUNNER.

Okay, so far, the Oscars, especially the last few categories, have become unpredictable. Most winners were upsets. Oooooh...exciting!

By the way, GREAT SPEECH MR. FLETCHER!

6:52 -- Queen Latifah presents the 2010 Governors Awards

6:54 -- I literally stood up to honor Lauren Bacall and Roger Corman!

6:57 -- Robin Williams presents BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS nominees...

6:59 -- AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS GOES TO...MO'NIQUE FOR "PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL 'PUSH' BY SAPPHIRE!" I LOOOOOVE HER!!!!!

7:00 -- Way to go for Mo'Nique for thanking Hattie McDaniel - the first black performer to win an Academy Award. I'm tearing up :sad

7:01 -- Colin Firth introduces BEST PICTURE nominee "AN EDUCATION!"

7:05 -- The alluring Sigourney Weaver presents BEST ART DIRECTION

7:07 -- AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST ART DIRECTION GOES TO..."AVATAR" ART DIRECTION BY RICK CARTER AND ROBERT STROMBERG, SET DECORATION BY KIM SINCLAIR How cool that Weaver presents the award to the folks he worked with in "Avatar"

7:08 - If I hear one more reference to the line "I see you" from "Avatar," I'm going to throw my 3-D glasses across the room!

7:09 -- Baldwin and Martin are back on stage, then introduce the lovely Tom Ford and Sarah Jessica Parker...what's wrong with Parker's outfit? And doesn't she look horrible, face-wise? Okay, I'm done being catty, I still love her!

7:10 -- Ford and Parker present BEST COSTUME DESIGN...AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST COSTUME DESIGN GOES TO "THE YOUNG VICTORIA" BY SANDY POWELL, SHE PREVIOUSLY WON FOR "SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE" AND "THE AVIATOR"

7:11 -- Charlize Theron and her magical breasts outfit introduces BEST PICTURE NOMINEE "Precious!"

Coming up, "Twilight's" Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart -- TWIHARDS SCREAM!!!!

7:15 -- Baldwin and Martin return, this time with a spoof on "Paranormal Activity" -- it's their funniest bit of the night so far!

7:18 -- Here you go, Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart introduce the Academy's homage to horror films! Stewart looks like she doesn't want to be there...

"Jaws" aka "Sea World!" Why do they always insist on showing the foot scene in "Misery" everytime they show the film? I know it's one of its iconic images, but, it still hurts!!!

7:21 -- Okay, I'm really enjoying this Horror Homage!

7:22 -- Zac Efron and Academy Award nominee Anna Kendrick present BEST SOUND AWARDS -- EDITING AND MIXING -- Morgan Freeman's smooth, sultry voice narrates the BEST SOUND CATEGORY

7:23 -- AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST SOUND EDITING GOES TO "THE HURT LOCKER" BY PAUL N.J. OTTOSSON Aw, my pick was "Avatar" in this category, but Ottosson gives such a heartfelt speech, I'm crying too, just like his wife...

Oh more upsets! The sound categories were traditionally reserved for special effects films like "Avatar" but gosh, it's "The Hurt Locker" through and through...

7:26 -- AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST SOUND MIXING GOES TO "THE HURT LOCKER" BY CHRISTOPHER BOYES, GARY SUMMERS, ANDY NELSON, AND TONY JOHNSON

7:28 -- Elizabeth Banks introduces the Best Sci-Tech Awards, why were they playing "E.T.'s" theme?

7:29 -- John Travolta introduces the BEST PICTURE NOMINEE "Inglourious Basterds," I have a little, pleased smile on my face

By the way, it's not shaping up to be a good night for "Avatar"

7:35 -- Sandra Bullock presents the BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY award. AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY GOES TO MAURO FIORE FOR "AVATAR"

Yes we get it, James Cameron is visionary, but do we have to hear it every 10 minutes?

7:37 -- Demi Moore is HOT! Yes, this is the IN MEMORIAM part...let's pay tribute...Oh, James Taylor, yay! That's sad :oh

7:45 -- Jlo and my sweetheart, Sam Worthington, are introducing the BEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE) nominees, and the nominated scores are being used for dance routines! What the heck was this dance routine for? I'm glad that they used the nominated scores though...

7:53 -- AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE) GOES TO "UP" BY MICHAEL GIACCHINO

7:54 -- Bradley Cooper and Gerard Butler present BEST VISUAL EFFECTS nominees. AND THE OSCAR FOR VISUAL EFFECTS GOES TO "AVATAR!"

7:56 -- Jason Bateman introduces BEST PICTURE nominee "Up in the Air," I still loooove this film!

8:02 -- Matt Damon presents the BEST DOCUMENTARY category...AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY GOES TO "THE COVE"

8:06 -- Madea aka Tyler Perry introduces the BEST FILM EDITING category. Love the shot of Baldwin and Martin wearing Snuggies :happy

8:08 -- AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST FILM EDITING GOES TO "THE HURT LOCKER" BY BOB MURAWSKI AND CHRIS INNIS -- FIRST NOMINATION AND WIN FOR BOTH

8:09 -- Please welcome Keanu Reeves, yes, Keanu! He's introducing BEST PICTURE nominee "The Hurt Locker"

8:15 Quentin Tarantino and Pedro Almodovar present the BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE category.

8:16 AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE GOES TO "EL SECRETO DE SUS OJOS" FROM ARGENTINA...huh? What happened to the great "Un Prophete?" Or heck, even "The White Ribbon" from Germany?

I told you it's kinda, sorta unpredictable this year! Will "Avatar" win Best Picture?

8:19 "Titanic's" Kathy Bates introduces BEST PICTURE nominee "Avatar"

8:23 Michelle Pfeiffer, Julianne Moore, Vera Farmiga, Colin Farrell, and Tim Robbins present the BEST ACTOR category. Apparently, each of the stars have six degrees of separation with the nominee.

Pfeiffer with Jeff Bridges for "The Fabulous Baker Boys," Farmiga with George Clooney for "Up in the Air," Moore with Colin Firth in "A Single Man," Robbins with Morgan Freeman in the fantastic "Shawshank Redemption," and Farrell with Jeremy Renner in "S.W.A.T."

8:32 -- The lovely Kate Winslet reveals the BEST ACTOR winner! AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST ACTOR GOES TO JEFF BRIDGES FOR "CRAZY HEART" -- it's his first Oscar! Yay! Okay Mr. Bridges, it's a bit long and laborious speech, but it's sweet.

8:38 -- Like in the Best Actor category, multiple stars introduce each nominee. Forest Whitaker with Sandra Bullock for their relationship from "Hope Floats," Michael Sheen with Helen Mirren for "The Queen," Peter Sarsgaard with Carey Mulligan for "An Education," Oprah Winfrey, yes Oprah (!) with Gabourey Sidibe for "Precious," and Stanley Tucci with Meryl Streep for "The Devil Wears Prada" and "Julie and Julia."

8:41 -- Sean Penn reveals the BEST ACTRESS winner! AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST ACTRESS GOES TO SANDRA BULLOCK FOR "THE BLIND SIDE!" In one weekend, the actress received Worst Actress Razzie for "All About Steve" and Best Actress Oscar for "The Blind Side."

Her acceptance speech starts with "Did I really earn this or did I worn you down?" I think the Academy is honoring Bullock for her body of work, in 2009, she's the Star of the Year with the back-to-back success of "The Proposal" and "The Blind Side," yes, "All About Steve" notwithstanding.

I'm still not a fan of her performance nor the film (I love her though!), but I'm glad she won! If Julia Roberts could win for "Erin Brockovich," Bullock could to! Both decidedly romantic comedy actress received their awards for starring in non-romantic comedy movies!

8:51 -- Bullock did a great job with her acceptance speech!

8:53 -- Barbra Streisand presents the BEST DIRECTOR category! Will it be the first woman, or the first African-American to win? I vote for the first woman, Ms. Kathryn Bigelow!

8:54 -- AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST DIRECTOR GOES TO KATHRYN BIGELOW, HURRAY! I'M SO FREAKING HAPPY!!!!!

"It is a moment of a lifetime," Bigelow says. It is indeed!

8:59 -- Tom Hanks presents the BEST PICTURE winner! AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST PICTURE GOES TO "THE HURT LOCKER!" Yay! The film won 6 awards including best picture, director, original screenplay, film editing, sound mixing and sound editing. HURRAY!

I'm glad my picks for the Top 6 categories got the awards! And I'm happy that "The Hurt Locker" won Best Picture! "Avatar" must settle to be the world's biggest movie!

Until next year y'all!

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"Alice in Wonderland" Opens with Wonderful $116.3 Million, Breaks Records! 


Moviegoers followed Tim Burton and Johnny Depp into the "Alice in Wonderland" rabbit hole, putting the film on top with a mind-boggling $116.3 million opening!

According to Hollywood.com, "Alice in Wonderland" broke records, earning the following titles:

- Biggest non-sequel opening of all time
- Biggest March opening of all time
- Biggest first quarter opening of all time
- Biggest 3-D opening of all time
- Biggest IMAX opening of all time
- Biggest career opening for director Tim Burton
- Estimated worldwide total is $210.3 million


(Watch my review of "Alice in Wonderland" right here)

Meanwhile, "Brooklyn's Finest" from "Training Day" director Antoine Fuqua debuted at No. 2 with $13.5 million. The cop thriller starring Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke, Don Cheadle, and Wesley Snipes offered viewers a gritty R-rated atmosphere away from the cartoonish "Alice in Wonderland."

Martin Scorsese's "Shutter Island" followed closely at No. 3 with $13.3 million. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, the thriller is closing in on the $100 million mark just after two weeks.

Here's the estimated Top 5 films for box-office weekend of March 5th:

1. "Alice in Wonderland" -- $116.3 million
2. "Brooklyn's Finest" -- $13.5 million
3. "Shutter Island" -- $13.3 million
4. "Cop Out" -- $9.1 million
5. "Avatar" -- $7.7 million

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Sandra Bullock Named Worst Actress of the Year at 30th Annual Razzie Awards!! "Transformers 2" Worst Picture! 


Like a true champ, Sandra Bullock stopped at the Razzies and collected her worst-actress trophy for her romantic comedy "All About Steve." The actress also took home the worst screen couple award with her "All About Steve" co-star Bradley Cooper.

Bullock was the first acting winner to show up at the Razzies since Halle Berry won worst-actress for her pounce-perfect role as "Catwoman" five years ago.

"The Blind Side" star is being predicted to take home the Best Actress Oscar award tonight, so it's the best of both worlds for Bullock, the good and the bad, and she's taking everything in stride.

The actress was heard saying: "I think this is an extraordinary award...and I didn't realize that, in Hollywood, all you had to do was say you'd show up, and then you'd get the award. If I'd known that, I would have said I was appearing at the Oscars a long time ago."

Meanwhile, "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" won the dubious worst picture of the year award, worst director for Michael Bay, and worst screenplay for Ehren Kruger, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman.

The poor Jonas Brothers were given the worst actors of the year award for their masterpiece, "Jonas Brothers: The 3-D Concert Experience" and they weren't even acting in that concert special! :happy

In a special 30th Razzie-versary Awards categories, "Battlefield Earth" won worst picture of the decade, while Eddie Murphy was named worst actor and Paris Hilton worst actress.

Here's a complete winners list at the 30th Annual Golden Raspberry (Razzie) Awards (For nominations, click here):

Worst Picture of 2009:
Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen
(Aka Trannies, Too)
(DREAMWORKS/PARAMOUNT)

Worst Actress of 2009:
Sandra Bullock
ALL ABOUT STEVE

Worst Actor(s) of 2009:
All Three Jonas Brothers
JONAS BROTHERS: THE 3-D CONCERT EXPERIENCE

Worst Screen Couple:
Sandra Bullock & Bradley Cooper
ALL ABOUT STEVE

Worst Supporting Actress:
Sienna Miller
G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA

Worst Supporting Actor:
Billy Ray Cyrus
HANNAH MONTANA: THE MOVIE

Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off or Sequel
(Combined Category for 2009):

Land of The Lost
(UNIVERSAL PICTURES)

Worst Director:
Michael Bay
TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN (AKA TRANNIES, TOO)

Worst Screenplay:
Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen
WRITTEN BY EHREN KRUGER & ROBERTO ORCI & ALEX KURTZMAN,
BASED ON HASBRO’S TRANSFORMERS ACTION FIGURES

Special 30th RAZZIE®-versary Awardz


Worst Picture of the Decade:
Battlefield Earth
NOMINATED FOR 10 RAZZIES® / "WINNER" OF 8
(INCLUDING WORST DRAMA OF OUR FIRST 25 YRS)

Worst Actor of the Decade:
Eddie Murphy
NOMINATED FOR 12 "ACHIEVEMENTS" / "WINNER" OF 3 RAZZIES®
ADVENTURES OF PLUTO NASH, I SPY, IMAGINE THAT,
MEET DAVE, NORBIT, SHOWTIME

Worst Actress of the decade
Paris Hilton
NOMINATED FOR 5 "ACHIEVEMENTS," "WINNER" OF 4 RAZZIES®
THE HOTTIE & THE NOTTIE, HOUSE OF WHACKS,
REPO: THE GENETIC OPERA

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A "Precious" Spirit Awards Evening! 


"Precious" topped the 25th Film Independent Spirit Awards, giving its distributor, Lionsgate 5 trophies including Best Feature, Best Director for Lee Daniels, Best First Screenplay for Geoffrey Fletcher, Best Female Lead for Gabourey Sidibe, and Best Supporting Female for Mo'Nique, considered the Oscar frontrunner.

Here's the complete list of winners of the 25th Film Independent Spirit Awards (to see the nominees, click here):

Best Feature
Precious Producers: Lee Daniels, Gary Magness, Sarah Siegel-Magness
Lionsgate

Best Director
Lee Daniels
Precious
Lionsgate

Best First Feature
Crazy Heart
Director: Scott Cooper
Producers: T Bone Burnett, Judy Cairo, Rob Carliner, Scott Cooper, Robert Duvall
Fox Searchlight

Best Screenplay
Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber
(500) Days of Summer
Fox Searchlight

Best First Screenplay
Geoffrey Fletcher Precious
Lionsgate

John Cassavetes Award
(For the best feature made under $500,000)

Writer/Director/Producer: Lynn Shelton
Humpday
Magnolia Pictures

Best Supporting Female
Mo’Nique
Precious
Lionsgate

Best Supporting Male
Woody Harrelson
The Messenger
Oscilloscope Laboratories

Best Female
Gabourey Sidibe
Precious
Lionsgate

Best Male
Jeff Bridges
Crazy Heart
Fox Searchlight

Best Cinematography
Roger Deakins
A Serious Man
Focus Features

Best Foreign Film
An Education
Director: Lone Scherfig
Sony Pictures Classics

Best Documentary
Anvil! The Story of Anvil
Director: Sacha Gervasi
Abramaorama Films

2010 FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD WINNERS BY DISTRIBUTOR
Lionsgate 5
Fox Searchlight 3
Abramaorama Films 1
Focus Features 1
Magnolia Pictures 1
Oscilloscope Laboratories 1
Sony Pictures Classics 1

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My Complete, Fearless 2010 Oscar Predictions! From Best Short Film to Best Picture,Who Will Win at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards? 


It’s shaping up to be a battle between “The Hurt Locker” and “Avatar” at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards! Both films lead the pack with 9 nominations each including Best Picture, but only one will remain victorious.

From Best Short Film to Best Actor, here are my complete, humble but truly fearless Oscar predictions.

BEST PICTURE

* “Avatar” James Cameron and Jon Landau, Producers
* “The Blind Side” Nominees to be determined
* “District 9” Peter Jackson and Carolynne Cunningham, Producers
* “An Education” Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, Producers
* “The Hurt Locker” Nominees to be determined
* “Inglourious Basterds” Lawrence Bender, Producer
* “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness, Producers
* “A Serious Man” Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, Producers
* “Up” Jonas Rivera, Producer
* “Up in the Air” Daniel Dubiecki, Ivan Reitman and Jason Reitman, Producers

AND THE OSCAR WILL GO TO:

“The Hurt Locker”
– The thrilling Iraq War drama from director Kathryn Bigelow not only topped all the major guild awards including the Directors Guild, but it was also voted the Best Film at the 2010 British Academy Awards (BAFTA).

Oscar frontrunner “Avatar” will win all the technical awards including best visual effects, best sound editing, and best sound mixing.

BEST DIRECTOR

* “Avatar” James Cameron
* “The Hurt Locker” Kathryn Bigelow
* “Inglourious Basterds” Quentin Tarantino
* “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Lee Daniels
* “Up in the Air” Jason Reitman

AND THE OSCAR WILL GO TO:

Kathryn Bigelow
for “The Hurt Locker” – Bigelow created one of the most thought-provoking films of 2009 with a very weighty Iraq War subject. After Lina Wertmuller in 1975’s “Seven Beauties,” Jane Campion in 1993’s “The Piano,” and Sofia Coppola in 2003’s “Lost in Translation,” Bigelow is only the fourth woman director to ever be nominated. And guess what? She will make history as the first ever woman director to win the award!

BEST ACTOR

* Jeff Bridges in “Crazy Heart”

* George Clooney in “Up in the Air”
* Colin Firth in “A Single Man”
* Morgan Freeman in “Invictus”
* Jeremy Renner in “The Hurt Locker”

AND THE OSCAR WILL GO TO:

Jeff Bridges
will nab the award for his Oscar-ready performance as a down-and-out country singer in “Crazy Heart.” My heart belongs to Clooney, but it’s Bridges’ time and the actor already won the Screen Actors Guild award. Plus, the Academy loves hard drinking country singer performances. Case in point is Robert Duvall’s 1984 Best Actor win for “Tender Mercies” where he played, you guessed it, a hard drinking country singer.

BEST ACTRESS

* Sandra Bullock in “The Blind Side”

* Helen Mirren in “The Last Station”
* Carey Mulligan in “An Education”
* Gabourey Sidibe in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
* Meryl Streep in “Julie & Julia”

AND THE OSCAR WILL GO TO:

Sandra Bullock
will win for her do-gooder performance in “The Blind Side.” I’m not joining the Sandra Bullock for Oscar bandwagon but the actress already won support from her peers with a Screen Actors Guild award for Best Actress.

With “The Blind Side” and “The Proposal,” 2009 was Bullock’s year, and her possible Oscar win signifies that the actress is being honored for her body of work, “All About Steve” notwithstanding.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

* Matt Damon in “Invictus”
* Woody Harrelson in “The Messenger”
* Christopher Plummer in “The Last Station”
* Stanley Tucci in “The Lovely Bones”
* Christoph Waltz in “Inglourious Basterds”

AND THE OSCAR WILL GO TO:

Christoph Waltz
– He simply gave the year’s most memorable performance as the ruthless Col. Hans Landa in “Inglourious Basterds.” Waltz has also been winning kudos from all the award-giving bodies including the Screen Actors Guild.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

* Penélope Cruz in “Nine”
* Vera Farmiga in “Up in the Air”
* Maggie Gyllenhaal in “Crazy Heart”
* Anna Kendrick in “Up in the Air”
* Mo’Nique in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”

AND THE OSCAR WILL GO TO:

Mo’Nique
for her unforgettable role as an abusive mother in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire.” Like Waltz, Mo’Nique has been winning all the acting awards including one from the Screen Actors Guild.

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

* “District 9” Written by Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell
* “An Education” Screenplay by Nick Hornby
* “In the Loop” Screenplay by Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche
* “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher
* “Up in the Air” Screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner

AND THE OSCAR WILL GO TO:

“Up in the Air”
– Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner already won this category at the Writers Guild Award and that’s a great sign! Plus, the script is so well-written that we connected with Clooney’s character as the man who couldn’t connect.

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

* “The Hurt Locker” Written by Mark Boal

* “Inglourious Basterds” Written by Quentin Tarantino
* “The Messenger” Written by Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman
* “A Serious Man” Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
* “Up” Screenplay by Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, Story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy

AND THE OSCAR WILL GO TO:

“The Hurt Locker”
– Scriptwriter Mark Boal wrote from experience as he was a freelance writer who was embedded with a bomb squad. With “Avatar’s” script not even considered good enough for a nomination, this category belongs to Boal’s “The Hurt Locker.” And like “Up in the Air,” Boal already won the Writers Guild Award.

BEST ANIMATED FILM

* “Coraline” Henry Selick
* “Fantastic Mr. Fox” Wes Anderson
* “The Princess and the Frog” John Musker and Ron Clements
* “The Secret of Kells” Tomm Moore
* “Up” Pete Docter

AND THE OSCAR WILL GO TO:

“Up”
– The Academy loves Pixar, you love Pixar, and I love Pixar! Besides, of all the films nominated, “Up” is the only one that truly made me cry, twice!

BEST ART DIRECTION

* “Avatar”
Art Direction: Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Kim Sinclair
* “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” Art Direction: Dave Warren and Anastasia Masaro; Set Decoration: Caroline Smith
* “Nine” Art Direction: John Myhre; Set Decoration: Gordon Sim
* “Sherlock Holmes” Art Direction: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
* “The Young Victoria” Art Direction: Patrice Vermette; Set Decoration: Maggie Gray

AND THE OSCAR WILL GO TO:

“Avatar”
hands down! It’s the most beautiful film of 2009!

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

* “Avatar” Mauro Fiore

* “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” Bruno Delbonnel
* “The Hurt Locker” Barry Ackroyd
* “Inglourious Basterds” Robert Richardson
* “The White Ribbon” Christian Berger

AND THE OSCAR WILL GO TO:

This is a tough one. “The White Ribbon” beat “Avatar” and “The Hurt Locker” in the American Society of Cinematographers Awards. But the Academy has to honor “Avatar” somehow, so I think it will win this category. Plus, like what I said earlier, it’s simply the most beautiful film of 2009, even though it’s mostly made using computer-generated images.

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

* “Bright Star” Janet Patterson
* “Coco before Chanel” Catherine Leterrier
* “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” Monique Prudhomme
* “Nine” Colleen Atwood
* “The Young Victoria” Sandy Powell

AND THE OSCAR WILL GO TO:

“The Young Victoria”
– Oh those period costumes! The ornate outfits that Emily Blunt wore in the film beats the raggedy but original costumes in “Bright Star.”

BEST DOCUMENTARY

* “Burma VJ” Anders Østergaard and Lise Lense-Møller
* “The Cove” Nominees to be determined
* “Food, Inc.” Robert Kenner and Elise Pearlstein
* “The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers” Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith
* “Which Way Home” Rebecca Cammisa

AND THE OSCAR WILL GO TO:

“The Cove”
– it’s a tense-filled documentary about the shameless, unnecessary killings of dolphins in a little cove in Japan. While I love “Food, Inc.” as well, “The Cove” will stay with you for years to come.

BEST DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)

* “China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province” Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill
* “The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner” Daniel Junge and Henry Ansbacher
* “The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant” Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert
* “Music by Prudence” Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett
* “Rabbit à la Berlin” Bartek Konopka and Anna Wydra

AND THE OSCAR WILL GO TO:

“The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant”
– I’m so glad to have caught this film on HBO. It’s timely, it’s emotional, it’s riveting, the kind of recipe that makes Academy voters cry and vote!

BEST FILM EDITING

* “Avatar” Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua and James Cameron
* “District 9” Julian Clarke
* “The Hurt Locker” Bob Murawski and Chris Innis
* “Inglourious Basterds” Sally Menke
* “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Joe Klotz

AND THE OSCAR WILL GO TO:

Once again, “The Hurt Locker” was chosen by the American Cinema Editors for their ACE Eddie Awards. But then, “Avatar” has a bigger chance in the Academy, because, like I’ve said, they must honor “Avatar” somehow. But I’ll side with the ACE folks here and choose “The Hurt Locker” as the winner! Those tense-filled scenes were mostly done in the editing room.

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

* “Ajami” Israel
* “El Secreto de Sus Ojos” Argentina
* “The Milk of Sorrow” Peru
* “Un Prophète” France
* “The White Ribbon” Germany

AND THE OSCAR WILL GO TO:

“Un Prophète”
– Of all the films nominated in this category, the French “Un Prophete” is the best movie of the bunch!

BEST MAKEUP

* “Il Divo” Aldo Signoretti and Vittorio Sodano
* “Star Trek” Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow
* “The Young Victoria” Jon Henry Gordon and Jenny Shircore

AND THE OSCAR WILL GO TO:

“Star Trek”
– Are we even going to argue about this?

BEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

* “Avatar” James Horner
* “Fantastic Mr. Fox” Alexandre Desplat
* “The Hurt Locker” Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders
* “Sherlock Holmes” Hans Zimmer
* “Up” Michael Giacchino

AND THE OSCAR WILL GO TO:
“Up”
– The music montage early in the film is one of the most profound, touching scenes I saw last year. Yes, I cried!

BEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)

* “Almost There” from “The Princess and the Frog” Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
* “Down in New Orleans” from “The Princess and the Frog” Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
* “Loin de Paname” from “Paris 36” Music by Reinhardt Wagner Lyric by Frank Thomas
* “Take It All” from “Nine” Music and Lyric by Maury Yeston
* “The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)” from “Crazy Heart” Music and Lyric by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett

AND THE OSCAR WILL GO TO:

“The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)”
– this song captures Bridges’ character in the film, and so it goes, Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett will take home the Oscar!

BEST SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)

* “French Roast” Fabrice O. Joubert
* “Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty” Nicky Phelan and Darragh O’Connell
* “The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)” Javier Recio Gracia
* “Logorama” Nicolas Schmerkin
* “A Matter of Loaf and Death” Nick Park

AND THE OSCAR WILL GO TO:

“A Matter of Loaf and Death”
– Working for Nick Park – the Academy loves him, he already collected three Oscars for his “Wallace & Gromit” films. Working Against Nick Park – he already collected three Oscars! The Academy may say it’s an embarrassment of riches! So, look for “Logorama,” a brilliant f-you to corporate America for an upset.

BEST SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)

* “The Door” Juanita Wilson and James Flynn
* “Instead of Abracadabra” Patrik Eklund and Mathias Fjellström
* “Kavi” Gregg Helvey
* “Miracle Fish” Luke Doolan and Drew Bailey
* “The New Tenants” Joachim Back and Tivi Magnusson

AND THE OSCAR WILL GO TO:

“Kavi”
– this touching slave trade film set in India has remnants of “Slumdog Millionaire.” And you know, that little movie stole Academy voters’ hearts last year. So this film will win, even though I enjoyed the quirkiness of “Abracadabra,” the suspense of “Miracle Fish,” the isolation of “The Door,” and the banter bent of “The New Tenants.” I just love short film, period.

BEST SOUND EDITING

* “Avatar”
Christopher Boyes and Gwendolyn Yates Whittle
* “The Hurt Locker” Paul N.J. Ottosson
* “Inglourious Basterds” Wylie Stateman
* “Star Trek” Mark Stoeckinger and Alan Rankin
* “Up” Michael Silvers and Tom Myers

AND THE OSCAR WILL GO TO:

“Avatar”
– Motion Pictures Sound Editors honored Cameron’s masterpiece already at the Golden Reel Awards, BUT, and here’s a big but, “The Hurt Locker” was also honored by the Cinema Audio Society. See? They’re all torn as well, so when everything else fails, especially in the technical department, look for “Avatar” to take home the gold!

BEST SOUND MIXING

* “Avatar” Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson and Tony Johnson

* “The Hurt Locker” Paul N.J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett
* “Inglourious Basterds” Michael Minkler, Tony Lamberti and Mark Ulano
* “Star Trek” Anna Behlmer, Andy Nelson and Peter J. Devlin
* “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers and Geoffrey Patterson

AND THE OSCAR WILL GO TO:

“Avatar”
– it’s usually a pair, whichever film wins Best Sound Editing usually wins Sound Mixing. And “Avatar” sounds gorgeous, doesn’t it?

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

* “Avatar”
Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones
* “District 9” Dan Kaufman, Peter Muyzers, Robert Habros and Matt Aitken
* “Star Trek” Roger Guyett, Russell Earl, Paul Kavanagh and Burt Dalton

AND THE OSCAR WILL GO TO:

“Avatar” – definitely! The film will be remembered for years to come as the movie that changed special effects forever!



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