My Oscar Picks

Alright gang… It’s that time of the year again — Oscar time! The nominations were released under the cloak of pre-dawn darkness last Tuesday and some were surprising and some weren’t so surprising. Now note, I didn’t see many of the nominated pictures from 2006 so this is petty much a “Speculative Preview” of my picks for this year’s winners.

Best Picture

  • The Departed
  • The Queen – Basically because it did well at the Golden Globes.
  • Little Miss Sunshine
  • Babel
  • Letters From Iwo Jima

Achievement in Directing

  • Martin Scorsese The Departed
  • Stephen Frears The Queen – See above.
  • Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu Babel
  • Paul Greengrass United 93
  • Clint Eastwood Letters From Iwo Jima

Best Original Screenplay

  • Babel
  • Letters From Iwo Jima
  • Little Miss Sunshine
  • Pan’s Labyrinth
  • The Queen – Once again, see above.

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
  • Children of Men
  • The Departed
  • Little Children
  • Notes on a Scandal – This just looks like the kind of screenplay the Academy digs.

Best Actress

  • Helen Mirren The Queen – From what I understand, she is a “goddess” to work with and a master of her craft.
  • Judi Dench Notes on a Scandal
  • Meryl Streep The Devil Wears Prada
  • Penelope Cruz Volver
  • Kate Winslet Little Children

Best Actor

  • Forest Whitaker The Last King of Scotland – Basically to see if he can pull of a better job with his acceptance speech than he did with the Golden Globes.
  • Peter O’Toole Venus
  • Will Smith The Pursuit of Happyness
  • Leonardo DiCaprio Blood Diamond
  • Ryan Gosling Half Nelson

Best Supporting Actress

  • Jennifer Hudson Dreamgirls
  • Cate Blanchett Notes on a Scandal – Hudson got the Golden Globe and Breslin is too young and not Dakota Fanning.
  • Abigail Breslin Little Miss Sunshine
  • Adriana Barraza Babel
  • Rinko Kikuchi Babel

Best Supporting Actor

  • Eddie Murphy Dreamgirls – Shot in the dark on this one. Is he ready to be recognized? I don’t think they’ll give it to “Kelly Leak” — he has been out of the limelight for a long time.
  • Jackie Earle Haley Little Children
  • Alan Arkin Little Miss Sunshine
  • Mark Wahlberg The Departed
  • Djimon Hounsou Blood Diamond

Achievement in Cinematography

  • The Black Dahlia
  • Children of Men
  • The Illusionist
  • Pan’s Labyrinth – This film just looks amazing.
  • The Prestige

Best Film Editing

  • Babel
  • Blood Diamond
  • Children of Men
  • The Departed
  • United 93 – I get the feeling that in order to keep this movie taunt it relied heavily on the editing.

Achievement in Sound Editing

  • Apocalypto
  • Blood Diamond
  • Flags of Our Fathers
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest – Saw — and heard — this one.
  • Letters From Iwo Jima

Best Foreign-Language Film

  • ‘Water’ – Canada
  • ‘The Lives of Others’ – Germany
  • ‘After the Wedding’ – Denmark
  • ‘Days of Glory (Indigenes)’ – Algeria
  • ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ – Mexico – The “adult fairy tale” — I’m sold.

Best Original Song

  • ‘I Need to Wake Up’ – Music and Lyric by Melissa Etheridge An Inconvenient Truth
  • ‘Love You I Do’ – Music by Henry Krieger; Lyric by Siedah Garrett Dreamgirls
  • ‘Our Town’ – Music and Lyric by Randy Newman Cars – Isn’t Randy Newman due for another Oscar for a song that sounds so much like the others he has had nominated before?
  • ‘Patience’ – Music by Henry Krieger; Lyric by Willie Reale Dreamgirls
  • ‘Listen’ – Music by Henry Krieger and Scott Cutler; Lyric by Anne Preven Dreamgirls

Achievement in Sound Mixing

  • Apocalypto
  • Blood Diamond
  • Flags of Our Fathers
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest – Sound Mixing goes with Sound Editing.
  • Dreamgirls

Best Original Score

  • Babel
  • The Good German
  • Notes on a Scandal
  • Pan’s Labyrinth
  • The Queen – Total guess on this one.

Best Art Direction

  • Dreamgirls
  • The Good Shepherd
  • Pan’s Labyrinth – Agian, this movie looks amazing.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
  • The Prestige

Best Animated Feature Film

  • Cars
  • Happy Feet – I didn’t see Happy Feet, but I did see Cars and I wasn’t impressed.
  • Monster House

Achievement in Makeup

  • Apocalypto
  • Click
  • Pan’s Labyrinth – Some pretty trippy looking creatures in this movie.

Achievement in Costume Design

  • Curse of the Golden Flower
  • The Devil Wears Prada
  • Dreamgirls
  • Marie Antoinette
  • The Queen – I’ve been to enough Renaissance Faires to appreciate these costumes.

Best Visual Effects

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest – A lot of visual effects for a “pirate” movie — and they looked damn cool.
  • Poseidon
  • Superman Returns

How many will I actually get right? Dunno. Check back after February 25th.

One Response to “My Oscar Picks”

  1. And, The Nominees Are… « Dan Taylor Blog Says:

    […] Last year, I was 7 for 20 for having only seen one of any of the nominated films (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest for technical nods). I’m sure my old film instructor at CSULB, Steve Hubbert, would be very proud of me. Though, I’ll try to see a few of the nominated pics before the winners are announced next month. […]

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