Monthly Archives: February 2010

21 Days of Oscar – My Predictions

It is officially a week until the Oscars so I will tell you my predictions for who will win in the major categories. These are who I think will, not necessarily who I think should win. I’ll tell you my picks for who I think should have been nominated on Saturday and who I think should win a week from today but here are my predictions:

Best Supporting Actress – Mo’Nique

There is no way Mo’Nique won’t win. She has won every preliminary award and is incredible in Precious.

Best Supporting Actor – Christoph Waltz

He too has won every preliminary award and is simply outstanding in Inglourious Basterds.

Best Actress – Meryl Streep

I know most people think Sandra Bullock will win but I think the Academy is ready to give Meryl another Oscar. She definitely has many fans within the Academy and I believe they will come to their senses and realize that Meryl’s performance was simply better than Sandra’s. Last year Sean Penn won over frontrunner Mickey Rourke and I think a similar thing will happen with Meryl at this year’s ceremony.

Best Actor – Jeff Bridges

Everyone loves him and he has been nominated and has lost far too many times.

Best Director – Kathryn Bigelow

The Academy will finally want to recognize a woman, especially for a film it already loves.

Best Picture – The Hurt Locker

Despite this week’s scandal in which a producer sent out an e-mail to Academy voters urging them to vote for The Hurt Locker I think this film will prevail. Avatar is incredible but I think many Academy members will want to award a film that is more serious or profound. On the other hand the Academy may view Avatar as a film like The Wizard of Oz and may not want future generations bemoaning the fact that they did not award the ultimate prize to this groundbreaking movie.

What are your predictions?

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21 Days of Oscar – Most Wins

Sorry I didn’t update my blog yesterday I was a bit too busy having fun. Anyway I’ll make up for it today with two delicious servings of Oscar. First up: here is a list of actors with the most Academy Awards. Which actor won the most Academy Awards? Here’s a clue: Cate Blanchett played her in a Martin Scorsese film. Scroll down to find out who it is.

Tom Hanks – 2

Jodie Foster – 2

Sean Penn – 2

Hilary Swank – 2

Dustin Hoffman – 2

Meryl Streep – 2

Daniel Day-Lewis – 2

Bette Davis – 2

Marlon Brando – 2

Ingrid Bergman – 3

Jack Nicholson – 3

Katherine Hepburn – 4

That’s right Hepburn won 4 Academy Awards! Well deserved, I think.

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21 Days of Oscar – In appreciation of Meryl Streep

I can’t really think of an actor more respected than Meryl Streep. Everyone loves her, fellow movie stars, broadway actors, directors, middle aged men even tween girls. Simply put Streep is one of the greatest actors ever and this year she is nominated for Best Actress for her performance in Julie & Julia. She has now been nominated for 16 Academy Awards, more than anyone else in history. She has won twice, first for her performance in Kramer Vs. Kramer and then for Sophie’s Choice. Watching Meryl Streep perform is proof that acting is indeed an art. So here are some great scenes of hers from a few of her Oscar nominated performances. She is simply sublime. Warning: A few of the clips contain spoilers.

Kramer Vs. Kramer

Out Of Africa

Adaptation

The Devil Wears Prada

Doubt

Julia & Julia

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21 Days of Oscar – In appreciation of Quentin Tarantino

Ah, Quentin Tarantino, what a bizarre, crazy, wonderful man you are. Few men know as much about films as Quentin does and few directors have helped breath new life into Hollywood than he has. This year he is nominated for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for Inglourious Basterds. All in all Inglourious Basterds has 8 nominations including Best Picture. In 1994 Pulp Fiction was also nominated for Best Picture but lost out to Forrest Gump. Ultimately he did win for Best Original Screenplay though. What amazes me about Quentin is his ability to write ingenious dialogue, come up with gorgeous cinematography and still have the ability to bring forth amazing performances from his actors. Few people have been able to make violence quite so beautiful, funny and disturbing. It’s highly unlikely that he will win for Best Picture or Best Director this year but that’s okay, Quentin will always be a rebel and for the Academy to recognize his talent it might just be enough. Here are some brilliant scenes from his films.

Pulp Fiction

Kill Bill Volume 1

Kill Bill Volume 2

Death Proof

Inglourious Basterds

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1,000 Hits!

Hey everyone, my blog has officially now gotten 1,000 hits! Thank you all for checking it out, if I could I’d get you all a big bag of buttered popcorn! I guess I might have more than 2 readers, thanks again!

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21 Days of Oscar – Parties!

You would think the Hollywood rich and famous would be content with simply winning awards and congratulating themselves but no they have to go and throw some of the most fun looking after-parties ever. There are two main parties on Oscar night. The “official” Oscar after-party is the Governor’s Ball but Vanity Fair also throws a very popular annual party as well.

These two parties look uber-awesome, too bad none of us regular folk can go. We can however throw our own awesome (though less celebrity-ridden) parties at home. So go ahead and celebrate the Oscars like a movie star or just watch them by yourself in your pajamas with a carton of lo mein, I don’t care. Watch the following vids, vote on the poll and please vote on the polls in my previous posts. Thanks!

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21 Days of Oscar – Spotlight: Women Directors

Kathryn Bigelow

An unusual thing has happened this year on the road to the Academy Awards, a women has become the front runner to win the award for Best Director. Kathryn Bigelow is only the fourth women to ever be nominated for Best Director in the Academy’s 82 year history for a testosterone- heavy Iraq war drama no less. Her film the Hurt Locker has been nominated for a total of 9 awards including Best Picture. I should mention that An Education is also nominated for Best Picture though its female director Lone Scherfig is not nominated for Best Director. Previously Lina Wertmuller was nominated for Seven Beauties in 1976, Jane Campion was nominated for The Piano in 1993 and Sofia Coppola was nominated for Lost in Translation in 2003.

Jane Campion

Sofia Coppola

Lone Scherfig

Now some may argue that people will simply vote for her because she is a woman but I believe Bigelow absolutely deserves the award. The Hurt Locker is one of the most compelling films in years and includes some very vivid, memorable images. I am surprised that Bigelow even got the funding for a film that obviously never was going to be a box office smash. It’s also notable that she has not made a “chick flick.” Bigelow is defying the stereotype of what a women’s role in this business is and for that she deserves tremendous kudos. If she wins the Oscar for Best Director she may just start a Hollywood revolution. Watch the beautiful and talented Bigelow accept her BAFTA for Best Director.

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