For some reason, I've seen more of the Oscar nominated movies/actors etc. this year than in any year I can remember. I'm sure you've all been waiting for my picks so here goes:
Best Picture (Entries in bold are those I've seen):
The Kids are Alright
The King's Speech
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
I was surprised how much I liked The Fighter, and it is the most sports related and therefore topical for the blog, but I'd only rank it third of my choices. The Social Network had such great dialogue, but that only gets it to #2. My winner is The King's Speech.
The experts already have this one for Firth. And Oscar does love a British Accent. I don't think he'll win, but I'd pick Eisenberg.
This is a walkover for Portman. I was not impressed with Winter's Bone and that hurts Lawrence's chances
Bale was really good in The Fighter, but at times I felt like he was doing a Michael J. Fox Impression in a bad Parkinson's phase. I'd go with Rush in a close one.
Helena Bonham Carter
Melissa Leo has the toughest role of the three as the unlikeable mother of The Fighter(s). But I could never go against the Queen Mum - Helena Bonham Carter.
Animated Film: Of the nominated films, I only saw Toy Story 3 - and I'm sure it will win. But I'd pick Despicable Me.
Art Direction - I've seen 3 1/2 out of the 5 (Parts of Alice In Wonderland on cable) - I don't see how you can beat Inception for anything "Artsy".
Cinematography - 4 of the 5 - Inception again
Costume Design - 1.5 of 5 - King's Speech
Directing - 4 of 5 - How do you separate that from best film? - King's Speech
Documentary/doc short subject - 0 for 10 :-(
Editing - 4 of 5 - Black Swan had some crazy scenes - so they win!
Foreign language - 0/5
Makeup - 0/3
Music (score) - 3/5 - The Social Network
Music (song) - 1/4 - although I've heard the Tangled soundtrack - I have to pick Toy Story 3 here
Short film - live action/animated - 0-10
Sound Editing 2/5 - Inception
Sound Mixing 3/5 - Inception
Visual Effects 2.5/5 - I want to pick Harry Potter - but have to go with Inception
Writing (adapted) 3/5 - The Social Network
Writing (original) 3/5 - I go with Inception over King's Speech/Fighter - because it is fiction over non-fiction - has to be tougher to write something that didn't happen - OR DID IT???
Take it to the bank - these are (most likely not) the winners.