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Friday, January 22, 2010

Wish Upon an Oscar

Although I have yet to engulf myself in full-fledged Oscar blogging, make no mistake that it will be (one of) the primary perspectives of this site. This season, however, is leaving me with a rather murky, putrid taste in my metaphoric mouth, due to numerous dirty tactics and, frankly, janked directions.

I probably would have contributed a little more, but I am ever so (retardedly) fearful of jinxing my ONE Oscar hope for this season: Kathryn Bigelow making history by becoming the first female to win the Best Director Oscar. EVER. Sigh....Screw me over in any other category, but please let that one take place.

I won't be greedy (although her film deserves the main prize as well, but I digress).

Nevertheless, it's always fun to predict. Except, well, I won't. Instead, I'd prefer to share with you how a ballot would look if I were an Academy member. This eschews most "typical 'Oscar films'", in favor of a range of productions, from the obscure indies (The Vicious Kind) to the exceptional mainstream/"popcorn flicks" (Star Trek). I hope you enjoy it, and feel free to critique my list and share your own as well!

(500) Days of Summer
The Class
District 9
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Hurt Locker
A Serious Man
Star Trek
Up in the Air
The Vicious Kind

Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
Neill Blomkamp, District 9
Laurent Cantet, The Class
Ethan Coen & Joel Coen, A Serious Man
Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds

Sharlto Copley, District 9
Colin Firth, A Single Man
Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker
Adam Scott, The Vicious Kind
Michael Stuhlbarg, A Serious Man

Mélanie Laurent, Inglourious Basterds
Carey Mulligan, An Education
Maya Rudolph, Away We Go
Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia
Tilda Swinton, Julia

Rupert Friend, Chéri
Brian Geraghty, The Hurt Locker
Woody Harrelson, The Messenger
Anthony Mackie, The Hurt Locker
Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds

Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air
Mo'Nique, Precious
Samantha Morton, The Messenger
Paula Patton, Precious
Rosamund Pike, An Education

The Class (François Bégaudeau, Robin Campillo, & Laurent Cantet)
District 9 (Neill Blompkamp & Terri Tatchell)
An Education (Nick Hornby)
Fantastic Mr. Fox (Wes Anderson & Noah Baumbach)
Up in the Air (Jason Reitman & Sheldon Turner)

(500) Days of Summer (Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber)
The Hurt Locker (Mark Boal)
The Messenger (Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman)
A Serious Man (Ethan Coen & Joel Coen)
The Vicious Kind (Lee Toland Krieger)

So, there you have it. Best Actor was the toughest category; forcing myself to omit Sam Rockwell (Moon), Ben Foster (The Messenger), and even Joseph Gordon-Levitt ((500) Days of Summer) was incredibly tough, but that's why in my own personal awards, I have ten nominees in EVERY category.

Yeah....I'm that dorky.

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