Sunday, February 24, 2013

Oscar Picks (and then the winners)

As most of you know, the Oscar Awards show is was on tonight. Following are were my picks for the winners. If I’m right about even one, I’ll be thrilled. In some instances, such as the Foreign Language Film and Documentary Feature, it’ll be an absolute guess as I haven’t seen any of them. Feel free to chime in with your choices. I would like to note that though I really liked Django Unchained (I would love for Quentin Tarantino to win an Oscar), Beasts of the Southern Wild and Zero Dark Thirty I felt that, comparatively speaking, they didn’t quite add up.

So…the Academy Awards is over. I didn’t get any of the actors and actresses right. Oh well. Let’s see how I did on the rest. I think I got a tad carried away watching the Awards this year. There was either jumping up and down with glee or much wailing and gnashing of teeth (okay it wasn’t that dramatic) in anger. You’ll know which cause the latter. The italicized items are what were added after the show. Well, except the parts with the winners' names. The names with the lines through them are my guesses that didn't come to fruition.

Writing (Original Screenplay)
Amour
Django Unchained (Yea, Quentin!)

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Argo

Visual Effects
Life of Pi
Though I really REALLY wanted The Avengers to win something

I really don’t know a whole lot about the next two categories so these are absolute guesses:

Sound Mixing
Les Miserables (Nailed it!)

Sound Editing
Argo
And it’s a tie!!!
Skyfall and
Zero Dark Thirty

Short Film (Live Action)
Death of a Shadow (Dood Van Een Schaduw)
I really think the above-mentioned short should win but if I had my druthers it’d be: Henry
Curfew (Are you flippin’ kidding me?)

Short Film (Animated)
Paperman (It just had to win. It was an easy choice.)
Followed closely by:
Fresh Guacamole

Production Design
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Lincoln (I always go for the fantasy films over reality. Seems like that would be harder to design what with no history books to use for reference.)

Music (Original Song)
Skyfall (Came unglued on this one. Yea, Adele!!!)
Because I would love for a James Bond song to win and because I love Adele’s music.

Music (Original Score)
Life of Pi (I almost had to resort to eeny meeny miney mo on this one)

Makeup and Hairstyling
Les Miserables
Followed closely by:
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Foreign Language Film
Amour
I chose this solely because it made the list for Best Picture and the others didn’t
(Apparently a good deduction on my part, if I do say so myself)

Film Editing
Argo

Documentary Short Subject
Mondays at Racine
Inocente (To keep this from becoming political I will refrain from posting the reason I was absolutely miffed that this won. It was a good story but Racine was better in so many ways.)

Documentary Feature
Searching for Sugar Man
It’s music related. That’s my only reason.

Directing
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Life of Pi (While happy for Ang Lee I was really rooting for Benh Zeitlin on this one)

Costume Design
Anna Karenina (Period costumes tend to kick butt)
Followed closely by:
Mirror Mirror
(I saw in the In Memoriam section that the costume designer for Mirror Mirror, Eiko Ishioka, passed away this past year. She was very talented and has some big shoes to fill. No pun intended.)

Cinematography
Life of Pi

Animated Feature Film
Brave

Actress in a Supporting Role
Helen Hunt for The Sessions
Anne Hathaway for Les Miserables (I wasn’t thrilled with this but she really did do a good job in this particular movie so I can’t gripe too much.)

Actress in a Leading Role
Quvenzhane Wallis for Beasts of the Southern Wild
If you watch this for no other reason than to see this little girl’s acting it’ll be worth it
Jennifer Lawrence (I happened to be on the phone with mom when the winner was announced. My shriek of, “NOOOOOO!” just might send her to the doctor to have her ear checked. Sorry, mom. Love you.)

Actor in a Supporting Role
Robert De Niro for Silver Linings Playbook
Christoph Waltz (I just didn’t think Django would win anything because of the EXTREME violence and gore. I’m thrilled that Christoph won. He really was good.)

Actor in a Leading Role
Hugh Jackman for Les Miserables
Daniel Day-Lewis (It’s hard to be mad when he wins. He’s just that good.)
Could someone please explain to me how Argo and Life of Pi could get so many nominations but neither was nominated for Best Actor? Ridiculous! I feel cheated.

Best Picture
This was the most difficult choice but I think I’ll go with
Argo (Yea, Ben!!! You so deserved this!)
Followed closely by:
Les Miserables

I thought I was going to stay away from politics and I hate to end the post this way but could someone please explain to me what Michelle Obama has to do with the Academy Awards and why they even bothered with Jack Nicholson? Cue the JAWS music, please!

And on a positive note, I stated that I would be thrilled if I guessed even one correctly. I guessed 14 correctly. Out of 24. How 'bout them apples?!?!?! Yes, humility is one of my best qualities. If only I'd gotten the actors and actresses. Oh well. There's always next year.

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