I really like what Sasha Stone has to say on Awards Daily about the five kinds of Oscar Predictors. I have always been the wishful thinking type. "You pick those you hope will win, or think SHOULD win instead of those you truly believe have the best chance of winning." Not only have I never won an Oscar poll, but I've had absolutely no doubt I'm simply donating my $5 to the winner when I enter.
This year is different, of course, because I've been working in an awards office since September. I've read every awards-related blog post on sixteen blogs for almost six months. I've tried not to comment or twitter too much on the films, though, because I felt it would be inappropriate.
But now that my gig is almost over, the ballots are in, and the Academy Awards are almost here, I thought it would be fun to note my predictions on my blog for the first time ever. I'm also hosting an Oscar party for the first time this year. A comfy pajama Oscar party. Since we're not hitting any red carpet, I thought why not go the other way and watch the Oscars the most comfortable way I know how?
Yes, I'm totally serving prawns in honor of *my* favorite film of the year, District 9.
So, without further ado, here are my predictions for Oscar night. I think you'll see that I've still got a little wishful thinker in me. I'm sure my guests and fellow poll players will appreciate that this weekend. I'm fairly sure I'm still donating my $5 to the winner.
Best Picture: The Hurt Locker
Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Best Actor: Jeff Bridges
Best Actress: Meryl Streep
Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz
Supporting Actress: Mo'Nique
Original Screenplay: Inglourious Basterds
Adapted Screenplay: Up In The Air
Art Direction: Avatar
Cinematography: The Hurt Locker
Editing: District 9
Sound Mixing: The Hurt Locker
Sound Editing: Avatar
Costumes: The Young Victoria
Makeup: Star Trek
Documentary: The Cove
Foreign Language: The White Ribbon
Animated Feature: Up
Visual Effects: Avatar
Song: The Weary Kind
Live Action Short: Kavi
Animated Short: French Roast
Documentary Short: The Last Truck
I'm kicking off my weekend with the Spirit Awards viewing party. The nice thing about the Spirit Awards is that I actually get to submit that wishful thinking ballot.
Oh, I really want to go District 9 for adapted and the bunny film for documentary short. See, I'm already leaning towards wishful thinking votes on the day... I'm way too much of a risk taker to win pools.