Saturday, February 21, 2009

Final Predictions

Here's my final list of Oscar predictions:

Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Director: Danny Boyle
Best Actor: Mickey Rourke
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger
Best Actress: Kate Winslet
Best Supporting Actress: Marissa Tomei
Best Original Screenplay: Milk
Best Adapted Screenplay: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Cinematography: Benjamin Button
Best Editing: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Score: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Song: WALL-E
Best Art Direction: Benjamin Button
Best Costumes: Benjamin Button
Best Makeup: Benjamin Button
Best Visual Effects: Benjamin Button
Best Sound Editing: The Dark Knight
Best Sound Mixing: The Dark Knight
Best Animated Feature: WALL-E
Best Foreign Language Film: Waltz With Bashir
Best Documentary Feature: Man On Wire

Normally, the most-nominated film goes home with the most Oscars, but in this case it will share that distinction with the Best Picture winner. According to my predictions, there will b a tie, with Slumdog and Benjamin Button each taking five Oscars. The Dark Knight will take three and WALL-E and The Wrestler will each go home with two.

I always keep an eye on what Entertainment Weekly picks and this year we agree on most categories with a few notable exceptions. First, they're picking Sean Penn for Best Actor. He was good and it was a real departure for him, but I really don't see him beating Mickey Rourke. They also picked Penelope Cruz for Supporting Actress. Despite the fact that this is her second nomination, I just can't believe that Hollywood takes her seriously. With a good director in her first language, perhaps, but in English - not so much.

The Oscars are on Sunday, February 22 at 8:30pm on ABC. If you're like me, you'll watch E!'s coverage all day and tune in for the arrivals starting at about 7:00. The official pre-show starts at 8:00pm. Good luck with your own predictions and happy Oscar Night, all!

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