Here are my Oscar predictions for this year; some are what I think and some are what I want. Take these to the bookies, and if you win I'll split the proceeds.
BEST PICTURE AVATAR THE HURT LOCKER INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS PRECIOUS - I think Precious is going to win - let's face it; Based on a book, depressing subject matter, Mariah Carey looking "dowdy" - all it needs in an AIDS inflicted Retard and the bookies wouldn't even be taking bets. UP IN THE AIR UP AN EDUCATION A SERIOUS MAN DISTRICT 9 THE BLIND SIDE
BEST ACTOR Jeff Bridges - CRAZY HEART - He's a Dark Horse, but he's been passed over before and didn't win, and this is a Music Biopic. It's gotta be The Dude. George Clooney - UP IN THE AIR Colin Firth - A SINGLE MAN Morgan Freeman - INVICTUS Jeremy Renner - THE HURT LOCKER
BEST ACTRESS Meryl Streep - JULIE & JULIA Carey Mulligan - AN EDUCATION Gabourey Sidibe - PRECIOUS Sandra Bullock - THE BLIND SIDE - Could this be Sandra's year? I've got a gut feeling it could be... Helen Mirren - THE LAST STATION
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Christoph Waltz - INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS - Who turned in a more complex and varied performance? This guy has Bond Villain written all over him. Besides, Woody Harrelson should have been nominated for Zombieland. Woody Harrelson - THE MESSENGER Christopher Plummer - THE LAST STATION Stanley Tucci - THE LOVELY BONES Matt Damon - INVICTUS
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Vera Farmiga - UP IN THE AIR - Too close to call, I'm gonna say Vera Farmiga because I like her surname. It's a bit like Farmer, and a little bit like Vagina. Anna Kendrick - UP IN THE AIR Mo'nique - PRECIOUS Penelope Cruz - NINE Maggie Gyllenhaal - CRAZY HEART
BEST ANIMATED FILM UP - I think Up will win, though I would like Fantastic Mr. Fox to win. To be honest, allof the films nominated deserve something. CORALINE THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG THE SECRET OF KELLS THE FANTASTIC MR. FOX
BEST DIRECTOR Kathryn Bigelow - THE HURT LOCKER - War, no revisionism, no aliens. Sure thing. It should be QT though. James Cameron - AVATAR Quentin Tarantino - INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS Jason Reitman - UP IN THE AIR Lee Daniels - PRECIOUS
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY Nick Hornby - AN EDUCATION Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell - DISTRICT 9 Jesse Armstrong and Armando Iannucci - IN THE LOOP Geoffrey Fletcher - PRECIOUS Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner - UP IN THE AIR
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Quentin Tarantino - INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS - If there's any justice in the world... Mark Boal - THE HURT LOCKER Pete Docter and Bob Peterson - UP Oren Moverman and Alessandro Camon - THE MESSENGER Joel and Ethan Coen - A SERIOUS MAN
BEST ART DIRECTION AVATAR THE IMAGINARIUM OF DR. PARNASSUS - Dr. Parnassus, while flawed and Gilliamesque, looked amazing. SHERLOCK HOLMES THE YOUNG VICTORIA NINE
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY THE HURT LOCKER HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE THE WHITE RIBBON AVATAR - He invented a new kind of Camera, for gods sake! INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
BEST COSTUME DESIGN THE YOUNG VICTORIA THE IMAGINARIUM OF DR. PARNASSSUS BRIGHT STAR NINE COCO BEFORE CHANEL - Hmmm... a film about a clothes maker... possibly...
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FOOD, INC. THE COVE - Haven't heard much about any of the others, but this one has China and Dolphins - two of the most popular things in the world. BURMA VJ THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA WHICH WAY HOME
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT "China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province" - China. Nuff said. "Music by Prudence" "Rabbit a la Berlin" "The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner" "The Last Truck: The Closing of a GM Plant"
BEST EDITING AVATAR THE HURT LOCKER DISTRICT 9 - Again, District 9 was inventive, effective and utterly brilliant. INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS PRECIOUS
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM A PROPHET - This. THE WHITE RIBBON AJAMI EL SECRETO DE SUS OJOS THE MILK OF SORROW
BEST MAKEUP STAR TREK - Spock's ears, come on! THE YOUNG VICTORIA IL DIVO
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE AVATAR - Because it's ethnic, and white guilt will lead to triumph. FANTASTIC MR. FOX THE HURT LOCKER SHERLOCK HOLMES UP
BEST ORIGINAL SONG "Almost There" - THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG "Down in New Orleans" - THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG "Loin de Panama" - PARIS 36 "Take It All" - NINE "The Weary Kind" - CRAZY HEART - Probably this.
BEST ANIMATED SHORT "French Roast "Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty" "The Lady and the Reaper" "Logorama" "A Matter of Loaf or Death - Wallace and Gromit have a proven track record of Oscar success, and this film was just as good as Close Shave.
BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT "The Door" "Instead of Abracadabra" "Kavi" "Miracle Fish" "The New Tenants"
BEST SOUND EDITING AVATAR DISTRICT 9 STAR TREK INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS UP
BEST SOUND MIXING AVATAR THE HURT LOCKER INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS STAR TREK TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS AVATAR - I want one of the others to win, just to see the look on James Cameron's face. "I invented a whole new Technology!" DISTRICT 9 STAR TREK