Me and My Nine Iron

March 7, 2010

My Oscar Picks


I realize my version of SNL’s “Weekend Update” often times goes off on a tangent towards a raging spiel about how whoever I’m attacking is wrong. Because they always are (see last post). So, I’ll make this a fun post in honor of the big night.

But first, I just want to say I can’t get enough of Zach Galifianakis. Last night’s host of SNL proved to be a musically talented (piano and flute), homosexually humorous and refreshingly funny dude that put on the best show in recent memory. He used a lot of jokes in his monologue that I found in a 2001 video. He also has a regular sketch, “Between Two Ferns,” on Will Ferrell‘s site, http://www.funnyordie.com, where he interviews celebrities.

Is it just me or has talk of the Oscars been hyped more this year than in years past? Whatever to get the slumping ratings up, I guess. Last night was the 30th anniversary of the Razzie Awards, and Transformers was the biggest loser, taking home three awards for Worst Picture, Worst Director (Michael Bay) and Worst Screenplay (Ehren Kruger, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman). At least someone recognizes that movies aren’t all about mindless action with robots killing each other with machine guns.

This year’s Academy Awards has plenty of (potential) firsts. It’s the first year that the Best Picture category has been expanded from 5 to 10 nominees, a move about as stupid as considering widening the NCAA basketball tournament to include more teams than the current 64. Not surprisingly, it was designed to garner more money and recognition to the Awards, but does nothing but diminish the exclusivity of the category by putting in such non-classic films as The Blind Side and District 9. These films made it over the highest-grossing R-rated comedy in U.S. history in The Hangover. Nevertheless, seven of the films don’t have a shot anyway; the third one you might be wondering about is, to my surprise, Inglourious Basterds, which is supposedly in the running.

James Cameron‘s ex-wife, Kathryn Bigelow, is looking to become the first woman to win Best Director, the Best Picture will likely go to the highest-grossing (Avatar – $2.5B) or possibly lowest-grossing film (The Hurt Locker – $19.3M) in Oscar history and in lesser news, Sandra Bullock can become the first person to win an Oscar (The Blind Side) and a Razzie (All About Steve) in the same year. (More under the comments for Best Picture.)

Without further ado, my select Oscar picks for 2009:

Best Supporting Actress – Mo’Nique, Precious

Best Supporting Actor – Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds (Played a convincing role as “Jew Hunter.”)

Best Adapted Screenplay – Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, Up in the Air (Sad to say I didn’t watch this but heard nothing but great things about it)

Best Original Screenplay – Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds (There’s a lot to hate about Tarantino. From his unconventional story-telling with chapters and his obsession for excessive gore to not being a member of the Writers Guild of America and the WGA hating him, the story is pretty tight and culminates in an epic ending.)

Best Animated Feature – Up (Arguably the most solid group of movies not named Best Picture, there’s actually a clear frontrunner. Allow me to say that if an animation movie can make me ball like I just lost a family member, you got my vote.)

Best Actor – Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart (Didn’t watch any of the movies on the list, most indifferent towards this otherwise 5-star category.)

Best Actress – Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side (In a category coming down to Bullock and Meryl Streep for Julie and Julia, people believe that Bullock will win her first nomination because she won’t have another shot, unlike 16-time nominee and 2-time winner Meryl Streep. Fair, huh?)

Best Director – Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker

Best Picture – Avatar (From Time’s Richard Corliss, the producers’, directors’, writers’ and editors’ groups all chose The Hurt Locker over Avatar. No film in Oscar history has won all those guild awards and then lost Best Picture. Also, Avatar was not nominated in the acting and writing categories, and no film has won Best Picture without getting either of those nominations since … Grand Hotel in 1932.)

BJ

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3 Comments »

  1. […] I mentioned last year, there’s no competitive need to expand the Best Picture category to ten films. Wouldn’t […]

    Pingback by My Oscar picks « Me and My Nine Iron — February 27, 2011 @ 2:08 am | Reply

  2. I’m going to go further and say it’s the best montage I’ve ever seen. I’m glad it won Best Original Score.

    From the beginning to when Carl takes off is filmmaking to perfection.

    Comment by Bryan — March 9, 2010 @ 12:57 pm | Reply

  3. Up’s married life montage was the best four minutes of film making I saw all year.

    Comment by Chris — March 7, 2010 @ 6:28 pm | Reply


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