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Brodie’s 89th Annual Oscar Picks

For the record, it’s the Oscars that are the 89th Annual, not my picks. I’m only 31, and have only been making picks since 1999. Will Win is my official pick. Should Win is what I would vote for were I a voting member.

Best Picture

Should Win: Arrival
Will Win: La La Land
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Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone in La La Land

I have seen all 9 nominees. This is a bite-the-bullet vote for La La Land. It’s not a bad film. It’s not as good as award season has made it out to be (the script is problematic, and that kind of spreads out to everything else). But it has the momentum, the same momentum that propelled The Artist five years ago. Hollywood loves movies about Hollywood. And they don’t particularly care for genre films
Also Nominated: Fences; Hacksaw Ridge; Hell or High Water; Hidden Figures; Lion; Manchester by the Sea; Moonlight

Best Director

Should Win: Damien Chazelle – La La Land
Will Win: Damien Chazelle – La La Land
Director Damien Chazelle and Emma Stone on the set of LA LA LAND.

Damien Chazelle & Emma Stone on the set of La La Land.

I have seen all 5 nominees. To be honest, Denis Villeneuve’s work on Arrival could and should be talked about with as much fervor as Damien Chazelle’s on La La Land. Despite all of La La Land’s problems, which can pinned on Chazelle, it still actually is a beautifully executed film, and a lot of what works about La La Land can just as readily be pinned on Chazelle. It’s not worth nearly as much love as it’s getting, but Chazelle’s conducting of the cinematic orchestra that is La La Land is noteworthy. It’s a film that worked in spite of itself.
Also Nominated: Mel Gibson – Hacksaw Ridge; Barry Jenkins – Moonlight; Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea; Denis Villeneuve – Arrival

Best Actor

Should Win: Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic
Will WinRyan Gosling – La La Land
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Ryan Gosling in La La Land

I have seen all 5 nominees. I think Casey Affleck was great, but there has been some negative personal life press around him that could have hurt him in voting. Denzel was great in Fences, but there’s the specter of the stage play hanging over it, and he plays it as stage work being filmed. Viggo was fantastic in an interesting role which gets him the Should Win slot. But the hype train behind La La Land is strong, and knowing Oscar history… I think Ryan Gosling could walk home with this.
Also Nominated: Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea; Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge; Denzel Washington – Fences

Best Actress

Should Win: Viola Davis – Fences (not nominated in this category)
Will WinEmma Stone – La La Land
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Emma Stone in La La Land

I have seen 4 of the 5 nominees. Really, Viola Davis should be nominated for, and win, Best Actress, but some politicking on the studios part got her into the less competitive Supporting Actress category. The Best Actress category is a mess this year. No Taraji P. Henson, no Amy Adams. While I haven’t seen Meryl Streep’s Florence Foster Jenkins, there’s a large part of me that just assumes she got it on the strength of being Meryl Streep, and not on the strength of the actual performance. But ultimately the La La Land hype train will carry Emma Stone to the win. And for the record, she was good. Better than Adams? Henson? Portman? Davis? Nope.
Also Nominated: Isabelle Huppert – Elle; Ruth Negga – Loving; Natalie Portman – Jackie; Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Supporting Actor

Should Win: Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
Will Win:Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
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Mahershala Ali in Moonlight

I have seen all 5 nominees. The same studio politicking that kept Viola Davis out of the Lead Actress category also kept Dev Patel out of Lead Actor for Lion. He wouldn’t have won in either category, but at least this got him the nomination, which I understand is an honour in and of itself. But this one’s a no-brainer. Mahershala Ali deserves it. He deserves it for Moonlight. He deserves it for his great TV work over on Netflix’s House of Cards and Netflix’s Luke Cage. He deserves it for his entire 2016. Walter Lucas Hedges in Manchester by the Sea could be a spoiler if the Academy plays it safe. I should point out that Michael Shannon and his Golden Globe winning co-star Aaron Taylor-Johnson were both great in Nocturnal Animals
Also Nominated: Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water; Lucas Hedges – Manchester by the Sea; Dev Patel – Lion; Michael Shannon – Nocturnal Animals

Best Supporting Actress

Should Win: Naomie Harris – Moonlight
Will WinViola Davis – Fences
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Viola Davis in Fences

I have seen all 5 nominees. Again… Viola Davis is in the wrong category, and in a just world, she wouldn’t be here and Naomie Harris would be the easy pick. But Viola Davis was able to transition her stage portrayal to film better than Denzel was. Nicole Kidman and Octavia Spencer are good seat filler, but it’s a two person race between Harris & Davis, with Davis having the advantage. I don’t even know what Michelle Williams is doing here.
Also Nominated: Nicole Kidman – Lion; Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures; Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea

Best Original Screenplay

Should Win: Yorgos Lanthimos & Efthimis Filippou – The Lobster
Will WinKenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea
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Michelle Williams & Casey Affleck in Manchester by the Sea

I have seen all 5 nominees. For all the great work Damien Chazelle did as a director, for all the other awards La La Land will most likely win tonight… the one it is least qualified for is Screenplay, as that is the biggest problem with the film. 20th Century Women was interesting and engaging, Hell or High Water was easily the most thrilling and entertaining. But for a truly original, bizarre, unique screenplay that just draws you in, that’s The Lobster (which overall is largely missing from the awards season chatter). And despite how morose it is, the script for Manchester by the Sea is quite good, and actually quite deserving of the love it has received.
Also Nominated: Hell or High Water; La La Land; 20th Century Women

Best Adapted Screenplay

Should Win: Eric Heisserer – Arrival
Will WinBarry Jenkins & Tarell Alvin McCraney – Moonlight
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Andre Holland & Revante Rhodes in Moonlight

I have seen all 5 nominees. Arrival was one of the most interesting films of the year, and I’d hate for it to be shut out, but we all know the Academy’s recent track record with genre films. That said… It was a very fine line that got Arrival into the Should Win category, as Moonlight is an  amazing character piece. The supporting players are given little time to do get in and do their work, but they’re given so much and said short amount of time. Jenkins and McCraney paint a glorious backdrop for the stunning primary arc. Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi could be a spoiler, if the Academy wants to recognize the great work on Hidden Figures.
Also Nominated: Fences; Hiden Figures; Lion

Best Animated Feature

Should Win: Kubo and the Two Strings
Will Win: Moana
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Moana

I have seen 3 of the 5 nominees. I have little faith in the Oscars to not go Disney. Of the 15 Animated features to win the award since its creation, only 4 have NOT gone to Disney/Pixar. And now Disney has two nominees. Kubo & The Two Strings should win, but I think the win will go to Moana.
Also Nominated: My Life as a Zucchini; The Red Turtle; Zootopia

Best Documentary Feature

Will Win: 13th
I haven’t seen any of these. But 13th is trending positively. OJ: Made In America could be a spoiler, as it appeared on several Year End lists. It’s a toss up, sure.
Also Nominated: Fire at Sea; I Am Not Your Negro; Life, Animated; O.J.: Made in America

Best Cinematography

Should Win: Linus Sandgren – La La Land
Will Win: Linus Sandgren – La La Land
Also Nominated: Greg Fraser – LionJames Laxton – MoonlightRodrigo Prieto – Silence; Bradford Young – Arrival

Best Film Editing

Should Win: Arrival
Will Win: La La Land
Also Nominated: Hell or High Water; Hacksaw RidgeMoonlight

Best Visual Effects

Should Win: The Jungle Book
Will Win: The Jungle Book
Also Nominated: Deepwater Horizon; Doctor Strange; Kubo and the Two Strings; Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Best Production Design

Should WinLa La Land
Will WinLa La Land
Also Nominated: Arrival; Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; Hail, Caesar!; La La Land; Passengers

Best Original Score

Should WinLa La Land
Will Win: La La Land
Also Nominated: Jackie; Lion; Moonlight; Passengers

Best Foreign Language Film

Will Win: The Salesman (Iran)
Also Nominated: Land of Mine (Denmark); A Man Called Ove (Sweden); Tanna (Australia); 
Toni Erdmann (Germany)

Best Costume Design

Should Win: Jackie
Will Win: Jackie
Also Nominated: Allied; Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; Florence Foster Jenkins; La La Land

Best Makeup/Hairstyling

Will Win: Star Trek Beyond
Also Nominated: A Man Called Ove; Suicide Squad

Best Original Song

Should Win: “Drive It Like You Stole It” – Sing Street (not nominated)
Will Win“City of Stars” – La La Land (though I would love to see Moana get it so Lin-Manuel Miranda can go full EGOT)
Also Nominated: “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” – La La Land“Can’t Stop This Feeling!” – Trolls“The Empty Chair” – Jim: The James Foley Story“How Far I’ll Go” – Moana

Best Sound Editing

Will Win: La La Land
Also NominatedArrival; Deepwater Horizon; Hacksaw Ridge; Sully

Best Sound Mixing

Will Win: La La Land
Also Nominated: Arrival; Hacksaw Ridge; Rogue One: A Star Wars Story; 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Best Documentary Short

Will Win: Joe’s Violin
Also Nominated: Extremis; 4.1 Miles; Watani: My Homeland; The White Helmets

Best Live-Action Short

Will Win: Ennemis Interieurs
Also Nominated: La Femme et le TGV; Silent Nights; Sing; Timecode

Best Animated Short

Will WinPearl
Also Nominated: Blind Vaysha; Borrowed Time; Pear Cider and Cigarettes; Piper

2015 Oscar Predictions

Over the years, I’ve gone as low as 9 for 24, up to a career best last year of picking 17 of 24 (71%). The Oscars are a cruel mistress. Just when you think, “Yeah! I got this,” Crash comes along and wins Best Picture over Brokeback Mountain, Good Night and Good Luck, Munich and Capote everyone else, Sandra Bullock beats out Carey Mulligan for Best Actress, or Million Dollar Baby dominates over all contenders. So here’s my attempt to tell the Academy I know who should or will win.

Best Picture: Birdman

Best Director: Richard Linklater for Boyhood

Best Actor: Michael Keaton for Birdman

Best Actress: Julianne Moore for Still Alice

Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons for Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette for Boyhood

Best Adapted Screenplay: Damien Chazelle for Whiplash

Best Original Screenplay: Richard Linklater for Boyhood

Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki for Birdman

Best Animated Feature: How to Train Your Dragon 2

Best Foreign Film: Ida

Best Documentary Feature: Citizenfour

Best Documentary Short Subject: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1

Best Short Film – Animated: Feast

Best Short Film – Live Action: The Phone Call

Best Production Design: Adam Stockhausen & Anna Pinnock for The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Costume Design: Milena Canonero for The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Make-up/Hair: Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou & David White for Guardians of the Galaxy

Best Film Editing: Sandra Adair for Boyhood

Best Visual Effects: Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett & Erik Winquist for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Best Sound Editing: Richard King for Interstellar

Best Sound Mixing: Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins & Thomas Curley for Whiplash
*this is the end scene, sooooo Spoiler Alert!*

Best Original Score: Jóhann Jóhannsson for The Theory of Everything

Best Original Song: “Glory” from Selma; Music & Lyrics by John Legend & Common

Live Oscars Blog-o-Thon 2012!

I will post the categories as they are announced. The winner will appear in green. If it matches my pick, that will be all that appears. If I guessed wrong, I’ll post what was my pick in red. I’ve picked The Artist to be the big winner tonight, picking up seven awards; Best Picture, Director, Actor, Original Screenplay, Original Score, Costume Design, Cinematography & Film Editing.

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The 84th Annual Academy Awards, Hosted by Billy Crystal

Well… I went 12 for 24 tonight, finishing at 50%, which is worse than last year. I’m getting progressively worse, as I had my best year 2 years ago at 15 of 24. Maybe next year…. Good show!

8:36 – Best Picture – The Artist; FUCK YES! I knew it! I knew it! So glad this one won, it definitely deserved it. Good job! 12 for 24

8:29 – Best Lead Actress – Michelle Williams for My Week With Marilyn; Winner – Meryl Streep  for The Iron Lady; One of their “Make Good” wins… Though, pretty soon they’ll have to do it for Michelle Williams. It’s a vicious cycle 11 for 23

8:18 – Best Lead Actor – Jean Dujardin for The Artist; KNEW IT! It’s too bad he had to upset Gary Oldman who is long, LONG overdue, but Dujardin deserved it. 11 for 22.

8:03 – Time for the In Memorium… I never cry at this. And really? “What A Wonderful World?” How basic is that? Are you gonna switch to “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” too?

7:59 – I’m kinda glad they do all the special awards at a separate ceremony… It keeps the main show tight.

7:53 – Best Director – Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist; I’m really glad he won and not Hugo… this is saving my picks for the night. I may miss out on Best Actress though… 10 for 21

7:45 – Best Animated Short – The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore; I really liked the animation on this one, it’s fascinating… you can catch the full film on YouTube here! 9 for 20

7:42 – Best Documentary Short – Saving Face; I had heard very good things about this one, and it seemed like a no brainer. Good job. 8 for 19

7:39 – Best Live Action Short – Time Freak; Winner – The Shore; I took a stab in the dark on this one. I went with Time Freak because I like time travel. 7 for 18

7:30 – Best Original Screenplay – Woody Allen for Midnight In Paris; Hooray! Now that we’re out of the technical awards, I’m doing well. Suck it Hugo! 7 for 17

7:27 – Best Adapted Screenplay – Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon & Jim Rash for The Descendants; Happy for all three of them. Especially Jim Rash, he’s got something to head back to the set of Community with! 6 for 16

7:24 – Billy Crystal really knows how to pull out of a flub. Respect, Mr. Crystal.

7:18 – Best Original Song – Bret McKenzie for “Man or Muppet” from The Muppets; I knew it! I’m glad I now get to say Oscar Winner Bret McKenzie! 5 for 15

7:13 – Best Original Score – Ludovic Bource for The Artist; Good! I really loved this score. Brilliant, and it definitely was the best of the year. 6 for 14.

7:09 – This is a fun little bit. Havin’ a bit o’ fun at the stars! Good times. Get on to the next award.

7:01 – Best Supporting Actress – Christopher Plummer for Beginners; I just want to say that I am really happy for Jonah Hill getting the nomination. It was unexpected, but deserving. And I’m glad Plummer finally won. He deserves it, too. 5 for 13

6:56 – Best Visual Effects – Rise of the Planet of the Apes; Winner – Hugo; Goddamnit Hugo! Rise of the Planet of the Apes had really good effects… and you’re ruining my picks. 4 for 12

6:47 – Best Animated Feature – Rango; I’m glad this film won… such gorgeous animation on this one. Amazing. Definitely deserved it. 4 for 11

6:46 – I wonder if Chris Rock will ever get work on an Animated film again?

6:43 – Best Documentary Feature – Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory; Winner – Undefeated; WOW! Another upset. Everything I heard was that Paradise Lost had this locked up… wow. 3 for 10

6:35 – I’ve always wondered what an at the movies interpretive dance would look like… Wait, no I haven’t. Still kinda cool though.

6:34 – YAY! Muppets! But if they’re gonna be in the balcony, why couldn’t they get Statler & Waldorf?

6: 29 – Best Sound Mixing – The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo; Winner – Hugo; Hugo’s been the spoiler so far tonight. I only had it for like 1 award. 3 for 9.

6:26 – Best Sound Editing – Drive; Winner – Hugo; And now Drive is shut out… which is too bad, that movie got no love. The biggest snub of the night. 3 for 8.

6:25 – Best Film Editing – The Artist; Winner – The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo; WOW! Did not expect that! Good job! 3 for 7

6:23 – Bradley Cooper needs to lose the mustache.

6:22 – Such a hilarious and great Christopher Guest cut scene… just so funny. Good to see those guys together.

6:13 – Best Supporting Actress – Octavia Spencer for The Help; I haven’t seen this film, I’m sure I will eventually, but it seems like such an easy film to say is good, so I just had no desire to. Good for Octavia. 3 for 6

6:07 – Best Foreign Language Film – Bullhead (Belgium); Winner – A Separation (Iran). I knew I should have changed my pick… I don’t know why I stuck with Bullhead. 2 for 5

6:01 – I like this “My First Movie” montage. It’s a really fun insight into these actors, actresses and Hilary Swanks.

5:58 – Best Make-Up – Albert Nobbs; Winner – The Iron Lady. Don’t know why I was rooting against The Iron Lady… I just felt the Albert Nobbs make-up was so fantastic. 2 for 4

5:56 – Best Costume Design – The Artist; I was really pulling for this one tonight. 2 for 3

5:53 – Really? The only pre-1970 film in that montage was Midnight Cowboy. Way to be, Oscars… Way to be.

5:45 – Best Art Direction – Hugo; First correct prediction tonight… Hooray! 1 for 2 so far.

5:44 – Best Cinematography – The Artist; winner – Hugo; I was really pulling for The Artist. So far off to a bad start.

5:41 – I’m pretty sure the first Oscars ceremony I ever watched was hosted by Billy Crystal… he’s got a special place in my heart when it comes to the big show

5:39 – I never thought I’d see Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill hanging out, and nominated for performances in the same film… Good on ya, Jonah.

5:35 – Throwing Tin Tin a nod in the opening sequence is literally the least they could do, since they couldn’t nominate it for some stupid gorram reason!

5:33 – What the hell?! Why is Justin Bieber tainting the Oscars? Come on… you’re better than this, Billy…

5:30 – And here we go… with Morgan Freeman kicking things off! Can’t wait to see the opening number!

5:23 – I’m a big fan of Brian Grazer, so I’m excited to see how his show gets pulled off. Sure it’s gonna be great. Significantly better than anything Brett Ratner could have done.

5:18 – Normally no one ever says “I watch the Oscars for the commercials.” But that Muppets, Google+ commercial set to Under Pressure was awesome!

5:15 – Who is this British chick doing interviews? She’s fucking terrible.

5:12 – George Clooney’s looking sharp. Looking better than yesterday when I watched him die in Return to Horror High. Stacey looks like the Oscar statue.

5:03 – Bradly Cooper doesn’t do a terrible Christopher Walken. Can’t wait for Wet Hot American Summer 2.

5:00 – Aaaaaaand we’re off! I don’t really get into the Red Carpet, because I don’t really care who’s wearing whom. Sometimes the interviews are fun, though. So we’ve got the blog going… settle in for a fun night!

2012 Oscar Predictions

Hooray! It’s Oscar week! I’m excited as always, and there’s big things on the horizon for Brodie Mann Films, so stay tuned for all that. But since we’re a week away, it’s time to make my picks. Last year I went 13 for 24, for a 54% success rate, and my personal best came in 2010 when I went 15 for 24, for a 63% success rate. Can I beat my best? Or even last year’s score? We’ll see, here are my picks.

84th Annual Academy Awards

The 84th Annual Academy Awards, Hosted by Billy Crystal

Best Picture

The Artist

Best Director

Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Jean Dujardin  for The Artist

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Michelle Williams for My Week With Marilyn

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Christopher Plummer for Beginners

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Octavia Spencer for The Help

Best Original Screenplay

Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris

Best Adapted Screenplay

Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon & Jim Rash for The Descendants

Best Animated Feature

Rango

Best Foreign Language Film

Bullhead

Best Documentary Feature

Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

Best Original Score

Ludovic Bource for The Artist

Best Original Song

Bret McKenzie for “Man or Muppet” from The Muppets

Best Cinematography-

Guillaume Schiffman for The Artist

Best Film Editing-

Anne-Sophie Bion & Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist

Best Art Direction-

Dante Ferretti & Francesca Lo Schiavo for Hugo

Best Costume Design-

Mark Bridges for The Artist

Best Make-Up –

Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnson & Matthew W. Mungle for Albert Nobbs

Best Sound Editing-

Lon Bender & Victor Ray Ennis for Drive

Best Sound Mixing

David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce & Bo Persson for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Best Visual Effects-

Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White & Daniel Barrett for Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Best Documentary: Short Subject-

Saving Face

Best Short Film: Animated-

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Best Short Film: Live Action-

Time Freak

Live Oscar Blog! Join me all night!

Join me all night as I live blog the Oscars. Tune in for winners, losers, speeches and tributes. See how I did in my picks. I’ve never done better than 50%. It’s been a record breaking year for me at the movies, could I beat that. I’m hoping for at least a D -. I’ll be updating throughout the show. Join for the 82nd Annual Academy Award Ceremony!

I will post the categories as they are announced. The winner will appear in green. If it matches my pick, that will be all that appears. If I guessed wrong, I’ll post what was my pick in red.

Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin co-host the 82nd Annual Oscars

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Oh the red carpet I remember being there a couple years ago. Got George Clooney’s autograph. Almost got Will Smith’s. Met LA Times columnist Joel Stein. Mark McGrath yelled “ROCK ON!” at me. Good times. I’ll go back one of these days.

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Oh Zac Efron, that’ll pretty much be the last time you’re that close to an Oscar. Unless you start dating Helen Mirren.

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I’d give Matt Damon $10 if he says “SUCK IT AFFLECK!”

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Oh… so they’re calling Jennifer Lopez an actress now…

2015

I like that Ferris Bueller rode a horse to the Oscars. OH! That’s his wife. Why did Ferris Bueller marry a horse?

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Really? Miley Cyrus is there? Why?

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Glad that the Dude is at the Oscars. It would be great if he had a white russian with him. Or if he loses, he leaves to go bowling.

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Really Sherri Shephard? Taylor Lautner is the most famous werewolf in cinema history? What about Teen Wolf? Shit, what about Teen Wolf, Too?

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It was nice that they gave the 8 people who won’t win a chance to stand on the Oscar stage.

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Holy crap… an NPH opening number. That’s awesome!

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Great entrance Martin and Baldwin.

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These guys are great. Loving the opening monologue.

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Samuel L. Jackson was next to Woody Harrelson’s wife. Holy crap. This is going to be awesome.

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BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:

Christoph Waltz for Inglourious Basterds

I knew it! I knew it! I would have rioted if he had lost. He’s a class act. I like him.

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BEST ANIMATED FEATURE:

Up

I wish Ed Asner had gone up there to accept the Oscar. But Pete’s giving a great speech.

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BEST ORIGINAL SONG:

Ryan Bingham & T-Bone Burnett “The Weary Kind” from Crazy Heart

Such a damn good song. I highly recommend you take a listen.

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BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

The Hurt Locker

Inglourious Basterds

This marks my first loss of the night. What the hell, Quentin? You couldn’t snake a writing Oscar from that guy?

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It’s good to see these two up there. Molly and Matthew. Claire and Ferris. Good times. Touching tribute. Well said, both of you.

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Does that mean he won’t be making the “In Memoriam” tribute? This beats any other tribute. Good show. Good to see the brat pack back together. Beautiful.

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BEST SHORT FILM, ANIMATED

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Wallace & Gromit in ‘A Matter of Loaf & Death’

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BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

Music by Prudence

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BEST SHORT FILM, LIVE ACTION

The New Tenants

Considering I had no idea where I was gonna go with that, I did surprisingly well in the Short Film categories. 2 for 3, not bad if I do say so myself.

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BEST MAKE-UP

Star Trek

I figured if Star Trek was going to get anything out of it’s tech heavy nominations, it would have to be in the one category it’s not up against Avatar.

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BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

It was a good script, and had the advantage being an obvious adaptation. It’s in the title. CHEATERS!

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A couple of legends. Well deserved standing ovation for Corman and Bacall!

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BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Monique for Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

I’m just glad I went with the press instead of my gut on this one. I originally went with Anna Kendrick. Changed it last minute.

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BEST ART DIRECTION

Avatar

It’s going to do well in the tech awards. Of course. I doubt it’ll take director or picture though.

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BEST COSTUME DESIGN

The Young Victoria

Coco avant Chanel

Period pieces are always a safe bet in this category. I bet on the one about a fashion designer. Should have gone with the long dead monarch.

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Kristen Stewart on stage.  Cue awkward….. NOW!

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Disappointed by the complete lack of Romero in the horror tribute. There wasn’t good overall zombie representation.

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BEST SOUND EDITING

The Hurt Locker

Star Trek

BEST SOUND MIXING

The Hurt Locker

Star Trek

I was sure Star Trek would take sound. But Hurt Locker was damn good, so I’m really only pissed that it messes with my win count.

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Is there anyone more beautiful than Elizabeth Banks? No, I don’t think so.

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BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Avatar

For a guy with a foreign sounding name, he speaks decent English.

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A classy, well done, tribute. Dug the James Taylor. But why the hell was Michael Jackson in there?

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BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Up

Avatar

I realized halfway through the dance montage that I should have gone with Up. Stupid, stupid me for thinking Avatar would get an artistic award.

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BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Avatar

That’s right, you stick to tech awards.

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BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

The Cove

I’m glad that dolphin slaughter is trendier than the food industry.

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BEST EDITING

The Hurt Locker

Inglourious Basterds

Normally the Academy gets a raging mega huge boner for Nazis. WTF is with Hurt Locker beating Inglourious Basterds in like… everything.

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BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

El secreto de sus ojos

Das weisse Band

Another Nazi reference coming now: Couldn’t go with Germany, the birthplace of Nazi’s, so you went with Argentina, the Third Reich’s retirement community.

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BEST ACTOR IN A LEAD ROLE

Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart

Way to go Jeff! You done your dad proud. And The Dude! And I really do think he’s high.

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BEST ACTRESS IN A LEAD ROLE

Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side

Carey Mulligan in An Education

I figured that if there was gonna be a curve ball category this year, it would be Lead Actress. I was wrong. Should have gone with the press. Even if the press was wrong.

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BEST DIRECTOR

Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker

Congratulations Kathryn, for being the first female best director winner. You really deserved it. Quentin, maybe next time. It took Scorsese 30 damn years to get his.

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BEST PICTURE

The Hurt Locker

After winning 5 other Oscars, of course it was gonna take home best picture. Good job. Great film. I went 15 for 24. 63%.