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Oscars 2010 – My predictions

Considering that I’ve seen the vast majority of contenders for this year’s Oscars, I thought I may as well list my predictions [for the categories that I’m somewhat comfortable with, anyway]. Ok, maybe “predictions” is not quite the right word since there’ll be some bias involved, so maybe it’s more my hopes for how the awards get handed out tomorrow. No, I’ll just do both; my predictions and what I actually want to win.

Pardon my stream of consciousness.

Key:

What I predict will win – italics

What I want to win – bold

Performance by an actor in a leading role

  • Jeff Bridges in “Crazy Heart”
  • George Clooney in “Up in the Air”
  • Colin Firth in “A Single Man”
  • Morgan Freeman in “Invictus”
  • Jeremy Renner in “The Hurt Locker”

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

  • Matt Damon in “Invictus”
  • Woody Harrelson in “The Messenger”
  • Christopher Plummer in “The Last Station”
  • Stanley Tucci in “The Lovely Bones”
  • Christoph Waltz in “Inglourious Basterds”

Performance by an actress in a leading role

  • Sandra Bullock in “The Blind Side”
  • Helen Mirren in “The Last Station”
  • Carey Mulligan in “An Education”
  • Gabourey Sidibe in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
  • Meryl Streep in “Julie & Julia”

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

  • Penélope Cruz in “Nine”
  • Vera Farmiga in “Up in the Air”
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal in “Crazy Heart”
  • Anna Kendrick in “Up in the Air”
  • Mo’Nique in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”

Best animated feature film of the year

  • “Coraline”
  • “Fantastic Mr. Fox”
  • “The Princess and the Frog”
  • “The Secret of Kells”
  • “Up”

Achievement in art direction

  • “Avatar”
  • “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus”
  • “Nine”
  • “Sherlock Holmes”
  • “The Young Victoria”

Achievement in cinematography

  • “Avatar”
  • “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”
  • “The Hurt Locker”
  • “Inglourious Basterds”
  • “The White Ribbon”

Best documentary feature

  • “Burma VJ”
  • “The Cove”
  • “Food, Inc.”
  • “The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers”
  • “Which Way Home”

Achievement in film editing

  • “Avatar”
  • “District 9”
  • “The Hurt Locker”
  • “Inglourious Basterds”
  • “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”

Best foreign language film of the year

  • “Ajami”
  • “El Secreto de Sus Ojos”
  • “The Milk of Sorrow”
  • “Un Prophète”
  • “The White Ribbon” 

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

  • “Avatar”
  • “Fantastic Mr. Fox”
  • “The Hurt Locker”
  • “Sherlock Holmes”
  • “Up”

Achievement in visual effects

  • “Avatar”
  • “District 9”
  • “Star Trek”

Adapted screenplay

  • “District 9”
  • “An Education”
  • “In the Loop”
  • “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
  • “Up in the Air”

Original screenplay

  • “The Hurt Locker”
  • “Inglourious Basterds”
  • “The Messenger”
  • “A Serious Man”
  • “Up”

Achievement in directing

  • “Avatar”
  • “The Hurt Locker”
  • “Inglourious Basterds”
  • “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
  • “Up in the Air”

      Best motion picture of the year

      • “Avatar”
      • “The Blind Side”
      • “District 9”
      • “An Education”
      • “The Hurt Locker”
      • “Inglourious Basterds”
      • “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
      • “A Serious Man”
      • “Up”
      • “Up in the Air”

      The full list of categories and nominees can be found at the official Oscars Nominations page.

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      TITANICTAR 3D: For your consideration

      Awards season is coming up in the movieverse, and next year, I predict there will only be one movie on everyone’s lips – TITANICTAR

      A genius feasts on his Beef Rendang and suddenly, achieves a temporary state of enlightenment, and inspires greatness in The Wave.

      “So I remembered in a Wave ages ago, we talked about the highest grossing movies of all time. Avatar was Number 2, and Titantic was number 1…  so then it came to me – how awesome would it be if you combined both movies into a new blockbuster!!!!”

      “You’re able to project yourself as one of the passengers on a big boat about to sink?”
       
      “No no, it’s a love story you see. The main actor projects himself as the SHIP, and the main female actress projects herself as the ICEBERG!!!

      And in the final tragic ending, they go down together, the ship sinks and the iceberg melts. Weird alien birds fly into the alien sun and the audience cries!”

      “Dicaprio holding alien woman at the front of a spaceship woot”

      *fade to black* … TITANICTAR

      Additional sub-plot

      “We have 4 projected things. One person will project themselves as the Ship, another as the Iceberg, the third as the World’s Most Comfortable Chair and we have a 4th left in case anyone else had some ideas. My suggestion would be that the 4th person projects themselves as James Cameron”

      “Maybe the World’s Most Comfortable Chair is the director’s chair, but it is also the chair you sit in to project yourself. So then someone kills James Cameron, has this OTHER chair (World’s Secondmost Comfortable Chair) so that they can project themselves as James Cameron, and THEN sits in the World’s Most Comfortable Chair to commence said projection, only to realise that they are projected as a chair”

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      All things Avatar

      A collection of all things Avatar that I’ve come across / found interesting. Feel free to throw anything else in the comments…

      James Cameron’s Avatar Movie Performance Capture Featurette

      A video showing how the “performance capture” was done for Avatar.

      @massawyrm’s Avatar movie review

      This review pretty much sums up my thoughts verbatim

      Avatar: The Making of the Bootleg

      Free Love Forum takes you behind the scenes of the revolutionary new bootleg of the revolutionary new movie. Hilarious stuff!

      Please mount my hot blue alien

      Analysing why James Cameron really made Avatar – alien porn!

      “When we would draw Neytiri and she had fins on her back and gills and all kinds of weird protuberances and so on in odd places, the question was, well, would you want to do her? No? OK, let’s back off from that.” – James Cameron

      The Data-Crunching Power Behind Avatar 

      A look at some of the high-density server and networking gear inside the Weta Digital data center used to render the animation for Avatar.

      A final copy of Avatar equated to 17.28 gigabytes per minute of storage.”

      UPDATE:

      James Cameron’s Avatar screenplay

      Fox recently released all 152 pages of James Cameron’s Avatar screenplay online as a PDF

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