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02/23/2008 01:41 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Oscar Predictions (And Hopes)


So. Finally. I have to come to my carefully considered (and considerably annoyed) decisions regarding my full list of Oscar predictions.

Also included are the movies I want to win, some of which might, shock of all shocks, actually take home a few golden boys this year. The Academy almost got it right for 2007 (almost), unlike 1999, the year they snubbed Magnolia and Fight Club for Best Picture noms (um...The Cider House Rules was nominated over both of these modern classics...it's a nice movie but...what the hell?).

But this year: The Coen Brothers and Paul Thomas Anderson? Daniel Day-Lewis and George Clooney? Javier Bardem, Julie Christie and Mark Twain himself, Hal Holbrook? Right on Oscar. (Did I just write that? Should I be slapped?)

That being said, in a very 1999-ish move, David Fincher's masterpiece Zodiac was ignored in every freaking category. And no love for The Darjeeling Limited (at least in art direction)? And where in God's name is the man who brought sexy/'70s back, the magnificent Josh Brolin?

OK, I'm not going to dive into rant mode. I'm not going to get all crazy-eyed, rocking back and forth, muttering through my hair over how misunderstood Ashley Judd and Bug were... so...deep breath, I'm returning to positive thoughts for Sunday night.

Here are my predictions and here are my hopes:

Best Picture:
Predict: No Country For Old Men
Want: There Will Be Blood (This was tough. I revere both movies and No Country is superb. But after rewatching TWBB, I've come to the conclusion that it's a masterpiece, perhaps the greatest movie within this decade.)

Best Director:
Predict: Joel and Ethan Coen, No Country For Old Men
Want: Paul Thomas Anderson, There Will Be Blood

Best Actress:
Predict: Julie Christie, Away From Her
Want: Julie Christie, Away From Her


Best Actor:
Predict: Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood
Want: Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood

Best Supporting Actress:
Predict: Ruby Dee, American Gangster
Want: Cate Blanchett, I'm Not There

Best Supporting Actor:
Predict: Javier Bardem, No Country For Old Men
Want: Javier Bardem, No Country For Old Men

Best Screenplay: Predict: Diablo Cody, Juno
Want: Tony Gilroy, Michael Clayton

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Predict: Joel and Ethan Coen, No Country For Old Men
Want: Joel and Ethan Coen, No Country For Old Men

Best Foreign Film:
Predict: Counterfeiters (Austria)
Want: Not sure yet...Not enough films are officially released here and the Academy always misses the great ones that are.

Best Film Editing:
Predict: No Country For Old Men
Want: No Country For Old Men

Best Cinematography:
Predict: Roger Deakins, No Country For Old Men
Want: Robert Elswitt, There Will Be Blood

Best Animated Film:
Predict: Ratatouille
Want: Persepolis

Best Documentary Feature:
Predict: No End In Sight
Want: Not sure... and why the hell wasn't The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters nominated? Why must the Academy always screw up the documentary category?


Best Costumes:
Predict: Jacqueline Durran, Atonement
Want: Colleen Atwood, Sweeney Todd

Best Visual Effects:
Predict: Transformers
Want: The Golden Compass

Best Makeup:
Predict: La Vie En Rose
Want: La Vie En Rose

atonement.jpg atonement image by Miss_Parker_8114Best Art Direction:
Predict: Atonement
Want: There Will Be Blood

Best Score:
Predict: Atonement
Want: There Will Be Blood (OK. Not fair since it wasn't eligible but dammit! Johnny Greenwood's score is brilliant...and the movie did influence viewers to check out that Estonian genius Arvo Part...) Anyway... 3:10 To Yuma

Best Song:
Predict: "Falling Slowly," Once
Want: "Falling Slowly," Once

What are your predictions and hopes? And, I'm a gambling woman. Place your bets.

But more importantly, enjoy Sunday night. And most importantly, where the hell is Josh Brolin?!

Read more Kim Morgan at Sunset Gun.