So, I have never done this, but I thought it would be fun. I love movies so I decided to try my hand at predicting this Sunday's Oscar winners. Enjoy!!
Best Picture: Babel, The Departed, Letters From Iwo Jima, Little Miss Sunshine, The Queen.
Who will win: The Departed. Why? I don't know I've never seen the movie. I've heard good things. Maybe I should rent it...
Who I want to win: Little Miss Sunshine. That movie was awesome. I loved it. For some reason I love movies with dysfunctional families and this one just rocked. The best scene is when the little girl finds out she is going to the Little Miss Sunshine pageant and screams her tiny, cute head off for over a minute. Classic. Also, The Queen was great but many have argued that it feels more like a made-for-tv movie than a motion picture. That's the BBC for you.
Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ryan Gosling, Peter O'Toole, Will Smith, and Forest Whitaker.
Who will win: Forest Whitaker. From the two-minute previews I have seen, he was pretty awesome. Plus, he won the Golden Globe and a SAG award recently, why not let him win the trifecta. The only downside is that he has been criticized for impersonating Idi Amin and not really "making it his own." Gosling has won critics over for his performance as a drug addict while teaching students.
Who I want to win: Ryan Gosling. He was great in The Notebook, and he is pretty. I feel he is to young and not known enough for him to win. Also, I think that Will Smith stands a pretty good chance. Plus. O'Toole has been nominated about a dozen times, so maybe he deserves this one. Could care less about Leo.
Best Actress: Penelope Cruz, Judi Dench, Helen Mirren, Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet.
Who will win: A British babe, or Helen Mirren. I'll take it either way. She was fantastic as Queen Elizabeth, but just like Whitaker, many think it was just an impersonation and no real acting talent. Whatever critics. She will win.
Who I want to win: Helen Mirren. She's awesome. Plus I do not think the Academy likes comedies so Streep is out. This is Winslet's fifth nomination so I would also like to see her win. I'm not picky, but again, it will be a British babe.
Supporting Actor: Alan Arkin, Jackie Earle Haley, Djimon Hounsou, Eddie Murphy, Mark Wahlberg.
Who will win: Eddie Murphy. Not sure why, but I have a feeling. I don't really care.
Who I want to win: Alan Arkin because he shone brightly in Little Miss Sunshine. Great role for him, and he deserves a golden guy. Marky Mark should provide entertainment throughout. Wait, Ellen is hosting so it should be awesome. No need Marky Mark!
Supporting Actress: Adriana Barraza, Cate Blanchett, Abigail Breslin, Jennifer Hudson, Rinko Kikuchi.
Who will win and who I want to win: Abigail Breslin. How cute is she? Very. Way to go Abigail! Dakota who? That's right. She owned her role in Little Miss Sunshine. Plus, I have not seen any of the other performances, but how can you break the heart of an 11 year old with huge glasses and fantastic, but horrifying, dance moves? Jennifer Hudson might actually get the statue though, much to my dismay.
That's about it of the big ones. I think that in the director's race it will be against Eastwood and Scorsese. I love Eastwood, but maybe Scorsese can finally win and give up whining about it. I think that Cars will win best animated movie, although Happy Feet was a darn cute movie. As far as Achievement in Sound Editing? Well I give it to the dude's from Pirate's of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. That movie rocked, and the soundtrack is ballin'!!!
That's it. Enjoy, and if anybody wants to challenge me, let's do it! It's a bet. Be back soon.