The 82nd annual Academy Awards airs this Sunday on ABC, so if you're into that kind of thing, be sure to set your DVR and add some extra padding at the back end so it doesn't cut off the big award in mid-speech. Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin are hosting this year, so prepare for the yuks.
Some Top Nominees are:
Best Picture: Avatar, The Blind Side, District 9, An Education, The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, Precious, A Serious Man, Up, Up in the Air
Actor in a Leading Role: Jeff Bridges, George Clooney, Colin Firth, Morgan Freeman, Jeremy Renner
Actress in a Leading Role: Sandra Bullock, Helen Mirren, Carey Mulligan, Gabourey Sidibe, Meryl Streep
Directing: Avatar, The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, Up in the Air, Precious
I think we all know that Avatar is going to sweep the Best Picture and Directing categories, and any other categories it's up for. Not that I'm complaining. If you saw it in 3D, you'll know what I'm talking about when I say it was magical, breathtaking, and exciting, despite its plot being almost directly lifted from "Pocahontas".
Actress in a Leading Role is going to be interesting. With two freshmen in the category (Carey Mulligan and Gabourey Sidibe) I really feel it's between Sandra Bullock and Meryl Streep, but Helen Mirren has a good shot, despite her win last year.
Actor in a leading Role is probably going to be Morgan Freeman for "Invinctus" because of the highbrow factor, but I'd really like to see Colin Firth take it for "A Single Man". However, if things go the way they usually do when I make predictions, it will be George Clooney with "Up in the Air". We'll see.
The men had their Superbowl Sunday not too long ago, now it's us non-sports fans' turn. Anyone having an Oscars night celebration? What are your predictions?