Friday, March 5, 2010

Television: Who's the golden, naked bald guy?

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?


  1. Yup, I either go to or host an Oscar party every year. This year I'm hosting and there will be a nice dinner before the telecast.

    It's gotten into quite a competitive event too, with my brother participating for the second time. He totally spanked me with his Slumdog Millionaire predictions and he doesn't let me forget it. As a matter of fact, Alexis did better than I did last year.

    Kel, your choices are kind of going against some of the predictions I've seen. I've seen Hurt Locker for Best Picture/Director, Avatar for all of the technical aspects, Jeff Bridges for Best Actor, Sandra Bullock for Actress (but some are favoring Streep). Not to say you won't be right though, I'm completely unsure how to guess this year!

    (Psst...Kate Winslet won Best Actress last year for The Reader.) :)

  2. Huh... then what year did Mirrin win for "The Queen"? Either I've got the wrong year, or the wrong category, hah.

    Hurt Locker is in a weird position, but I don't know how it would affect the voting or its status. It seems the Producer publicly campaigned for his film to win, which is against Academy rules, so he's been banned from the ceremony. Whether this disqualifies the film, I'm not sure, but the fact that they were barred from attending makes it seem like voting might go against them. It depends on when all this went down and I'm unsure of the timeline.

    The Army seargant that the writer followed around for a while when doing research for the script is suing, because they used elements of his life story without compensation. All in all, they're getting bad press for Hurt Locker.

    The rest of my predictions I'm just pulling out of the air based on favoritism. Heh.