Oscar Nominations: It's like Christmas, without presents and family photos

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Every year for the past, oh, I don't know, 12 million bee years, I've played the night-before-nominations prediction and 5:30/8:30 a.m. announcement wake-up call game, so it's a tradition of sort that I'm doing this insane, time-consuming thing, for no one's amusement but mine really. A tradition practised by one person is still a tradition, right? Having seen most of the pictures that would be nominated, I'm not so blindly stabbing in the dark this time around like I was last year. Though my favourite of the year (Drag me to hell) will be completely - and unfairly - ignored this Tuesday morning, I can still root for The White Ribbon, A Single Man, Where the Wild Things Are, The Cove, and Inglourious Basterds. I would be particularly happy if Karen O got a nom for score/song, Drag Me To Hell got anything, Mélanie Laurent and Colin Firth got nominated in their respective category, and The White Ribbon got nominations outside of Foreign Film category.

I try to predict everything, except for the shorts categories, as your guess is as good as mine. So here goes nothing. Predictions and noms*! (Whole nom list)

Best Picture
Avatar *
District 9 *
An Education *
The Hurt Locker *
Inglourious Basterds *
Star Trek
Up in the Air *
Alternates: A Serious Man*, The Hangover, The Blind Side*

Best Actor:
Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart *
George Clooney, Up in the Air*
Colin Firth, A Single Man*
Morgan Freeman, Invictus*
Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker*
Alternate: Ben Foster, The Messenger

Best Actress
Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side*
Helen Mirren, The Last Station*
Carey Mulligan, An Education*
Gabourey Sidibe, Precious*
Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia *
Alternate: Emily Blunt, The Young Victoria

Supporting Actor:
Matt Damon, Invictus*
Woody Harrelson, The Messenger*
Christopher Plummer, The Last Station*
Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones*
Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds*
Alternate: Alfred Molina, An Education

Supporting Actress:
Mo’Nique, Precious*
Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air*
Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air*
Penelope Cruz, Nine*
Diane Kruger, Inglourious Basterds / Maggie Gyllenhaal, Crazy Heart*
Alternate: Mélanie Laurent, Inglourious Basterds

Best Director:
Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker*
James Cameron, Avatar*
Lee Daniels, Precious*
Jason Reitman, Up in the Air*
Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds *
Alternate: Neill Blomkamp, District 9

Original Screenplay:
Mark Boal, The Hurt Locker*
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, A Serious Man*
Pete Docter & Bob Peterson, Up*
Scott Neustatder & Michael H. Weber, (500) Days of Summer The Messenger*
Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds *
Alternate: Nancy Meyers, It's Complicated

Adapted Screenplay:
Wes Anderson & Noah Baumbach, Fantastic Mr. Fox
Neill Blomkamp & Terri Tatchell, District 9*
Geoffrey Fletcher, Precious*
Nick Hornby, An Education*
Jason Reitman & Sheldon Turner, Up in the Air *
Alternate: Armando Iannucci, In the Loop*

The Hurt Locker*
Up in the Air Precious*
District 9*
Inglourious Basterds*
Alternate: Star Trek

The White Ribbon*
The Hurt Locker*
Inglourious Basterds*
Nine Harry Potter*
Alternate: A Single Man

Art Direction:
District 9 Imaginarium*
Inglourious Basterds Sherlock Holmes*
Julie & Julia The Young Victoria*
A Single Man

The Young Victoria*
Coco Avant Chanel*
Inglourious Basterds Bright Star*
Julie & Julia Imaginarium*
Alternate: Where the Wild Things Are

The Hurt Locker*
Star Trek*
District 9 Inglourious Basterds*
Alternate: Public Enemies

Sound Editing:
The Hurt Locker*
District 9 Star Trek*
Alternate: Inglourious Basterds*

The Informant!
A Single Man Fantastic Mr. Fox*
A Serious Man The Hurt Locker*
Alternate: Sherlock Holmes*

Foreign Language Film:
A Prophet*
The White Ribbon*
El Secreto de Sus Ojos*
The Milk of Sorrow*
Winter in Wartime
Alternate: Ajami*

Doc Feature:
The Cove*
Food, Inc.*
The Beaches of Agnes The most dangerous man in America*
Every Little Step Which way home*
Facing Ali
Alternate: Burma VJ*

Animated Feature:
The Fantastic Mr. Fox*
The Princess and the Frog*
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs The Secret of Kells*
Alternate: 9

Visual Effects:
District 9*
2012 Star Trek*
Alternate: Transformers

Imaginarium Il Divo*
The Young Victoria*
District 9 Star Trek*
Alternate: The Road

Best Song:
The Weary Kind, Crazy Heart*
I See You, Avatar Down in New Orleans, Princess and the frog*
All is love, Where the wild things are Almost there, Princess and the frog*
I Want to Come Home, Everybody’s Fine Loin the Paname, Paris 36*
Cinema Italiano, Nine Take it all, Nine*
Alternate: Winter, Brothers

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4 Response to Oscar Nominations: It's like Christmas, without presents and family photos

February 2, 2010 at 7:02 AM

It's on like Donkey Kong!

"A tradition practised by one person"? ONE? :(

I see our predictions differ a little here and there.. In some categories I hope you beat me, I'd love to see Fantastic Mr. Fox get a writing nomination, and Kruger would be cool too.

February 2, 2010 at 10:06 AM

"the night-before-nominations prediction and 5:30/8:30 a.m. announcement wake-up call game" - that's the part practised by one!

I would've loved Ms. Laurent to get a nom over Kruger, but didn't happen. Too bad she didn't get pushed for lead?

February 2, 2010 at 12:45 PM

Yeah, Laurent is the saddest thing about this whole awards season. So snubbed. :(

Anyway. I tallied up our predictions!

I got 85 + 8 alternates
You got 75 + 8 alternates

I think you beat me last year so consider this revenge! ;)

It was close though for the most part, I got most of my extra points in the Art Direction, Song and Score categories. You had 1 + 1 for Art Direction, 1 for song, and 2 + 1 for score, whereas I had 3 + 1 for Art Direction and 4 in each music category. All the other categories were even. :)

February 2, 2010 at 6:50 PM

The Academy screwed me over, AGAIN. I declare sexism.


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