Sunday, March 7, 2010

Oscar Picks

Here are my predictions for tonight's Oscars.

Best Picture: The Hurt Locker

Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow

Best Actor: Jeff Bridges

Best Actress: Sandra Bullock

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Christoph Waltz

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Mo'Nique

Best Original Screenplay: Inglourious Basterds

Best Adapted Screenplay: Up in the Air

Best Editing: The Hurt Locker (I think Avatar might nab this one, but the tight editing of The Hurt Locker was awesome.)

All Other Technical Stuff: Avatar

Best Skit You Won't See Aired: Ben Stiller and Sasha Baren Cohen riffing on Avatar

How about everyone else?

16 comments:

seana said...

Apart from the screenplays, it looks like you pretty much nailed it, Brian.

Phil Stiefel said...

I am glad Jeff Bridges won... good to see him get the recognition he deserves. on a side note of topic I would love to see your thoughts on your old High School (the prep) being in the news for firing of the legendary Gil Brooks... (Sorry if you didn't go to St. Joes Prep.... I think you do)

Anonymous said...

Good job on the picks Brian

Nick Hughes said...

At first I thought this was a joke post that you put up after the fact. But it looks like you know your movies (or Academy member preferences)!

Brian O'Rourke said...

Seana -

Either I'm good or the Oscars were very predictable this year.

(They were very predictable this year)

I'm thrilled that The Hurt Locker/Bigelow won.

Brian O'Rourke said...

Phil -

I hadn't heard about good ole Gil getting the ax. That's too bad. Knowing nothing about it though, and not having followed Prep football even when I went there, I really don't have anything to say.

Brian O'Rourke said...

Anonymous -

Even a blind squirrel...

Brian O'Rourke said...

Nick -

When are you going to grow up?

seana said...

I suspect a lot more women will now go see Hurt Locker than would have. Unfortunately, I will not be one of them. That kind of suspense is too nervewracking for me. Maybe when it comes out on DVD. I happened to watch the Sixty Minutes piece about it and they kind of gave away the arc of the story, so I'm in no big hurry.

Brian O'Rourke said...

Nick -

The only reason I ask is because of the profile pic...

Brian O'Rourke said...

Seana -

It is one of the most nerve-wracking movies I've ever seen.

seana said...

I don't know how a movie that was about deactivating mines could be anything else.

Well, I guess a really bad movie could be...

One of the interesting things about the 60 Minutes Piece was that they showed it to a group of returned mine deactivators (don't know their official designation). It was obviously very meaningful to them and seemed to have accurately reflected their reality. Which is high praise just in itself.

seana said...

I do have to say, though, that in order to break this particular glass ceiling, Cameron had to make a movie that was about as masculine a subject as she could have picked. That doesn't reflect badly on the movie, but it does say a little about what it takes to hit the big time, Hollywood style.

Nick Hughes said...

It took me a minute to get your joke, Brian. But yeah, I'm like a Simpsons character.

Brian O'Rourke said...

Seana,

You raise an interesting point about the particular film that broke through the glass ceiling.

I was looking at it a little differently, though. When I was watching and when I thought about it afterward, I didn't see THL as a film directed by a woman, but rather, as a film directed by a great director.

But then again, I am a guy after all...

seana said...

No, that's the way she would want you to think and it's also the way it should be. It's only because of all the hoopla about this being an historic event that it makes me stop and think about whether subject matter isn't an element here in why it got so much attention. Although I think she made the movie from her own interest, not out of any calculation about that.