Saturday, February 23, 2008

MY OSCAR PREDICTIONS


It's been a while since i last updated this blog. Pardon me for the long dissapearence. I was on a very long holiday with a loved one. With that now finisehed i would like to make a new post for my predictions who will grab the oscars this year.

BEST PICTURE: NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
'No Country' has been the clear-cut favorite from the beginning, but 'There Will Be Blood' could ride Day-Lewis' coattails to victory.

BEST DIRECTOR: THE COEN'S
Having won top honors at the DGA and SAG Awards, the Coens have Oscar squarely in their crosshairs. But watch out for stealth nominee (and Golden Globe winner) Schnabel, whose vision informs every frame of the gorgeous 'Diving Bell.'

BEST ACTOR: DANIEL DAY LEWIS - THERE WILL BE BLOOD
Day-Lewis all but owns the Oscar for his turn as a power-drunk oil tycoon in Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Blood' ... though the Academy sure does love Clooney, who has gained a bit of momentum lately, and has the advantage of playing a more likable, heroic character.


BEST ACTRESS: MARION COTILLARD
The luminous Christie has been collecting critics' awards from all over (including a Globe and SAG), but Cotillard, with her own Globes win and strong portrayal of the character Edith Piaf is a sure win for this category.


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR : JAVIER BARDEM - NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
Just like the sadistic killer he plays in 'No Country,' Golden Globe and SAG winner Bardem seems invincible in this category. But if anyone's going to shoot down his Oscar dreams, who better than Casey Affleck, for his turn as the murderous Robert Ford?


BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: CATE BLANCHETT - I'M NOT THERE
Cate wins this buy a longshot but not to be forgotten and to be taken seriously is Ruby Dee who earned a surprise win at the SAGs.


BEST ANIMATED FILM: RATATOUILLE
What are the odds that Pixar's 'Ratatouille' WON'T win the Oscar? Well, stranger things have happened -- after all, 'Cars' lost to 'Happy Feet' last year -- and voting for the smart, quirky 'Persepolis' might make Academy voters feel like rebels.


BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: JUNO
It's very much leaning towards this small indie flick which had huge responses and have had enormous box office to boot. If anyone can upset her fairy-tale run, it would be Michael Clayton.


BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
There are some strong options here, but it's hard to imagine anyone can touch the Coen brothers and their impressively faithful adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's crime novel. But Atonement might make a huge surprise at the Oscars.


BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: ATONEMENT
This is absolutely not doubt to be the winner of this category. Believe me i am so strong about this choice. I loved it like hell.


BEST ORIGINAL SONG: FALLING SLOWLY - ONCE
Enchanted received the curse and blessing of three noms in this category, which likely means its songs will cancel each other out see what happened to DREAMGIRLS! But that could be a non-factor due to the positive reaction to the wistful Irish indie 'Once' and its stirring love ballad.


BEST FILM EDITING: BOURNE ULTIMATUM
You would understand what i mean when you watch the movie for yourself.


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: ATONEMENT
That DUNKRIK scene alone won them this award.


BEST COSTUME: SWEENEY TODD
Theres so much to love about the gothic garb in Sweeney.


BEST SOUND MIXING: TRANSFORMERS
Come on dont tell me you didnt hear what i heard.


BEST SOUND EDITING: TRANSFORMERS
Again dont tell me you didnt hear what i heard.


BEST MAKEUP: LA VIE EN ROSE
Let's all take a second to reflect on the astonishing fact that 'Norbit' received an Oscar nomination in this category. OK, now look no further than the travail incroyable done by 'La Vie's' artists in transforming a young Marion Cotillard into a deteriorating Edith Piaf.


BEST ART DIRECTION: SWEENEY TODD
Sweeney's' shadowy London is tough to dismiss.


BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: TRANSFORMERS
Most experts are considering 'Transformers' and its 'bot battles a lock here -- there really was more than meets the eye, after all. So even folks with a weakness for Jack Sparrow should think "bigger," especially considering 'Pirates' sailed off with this prize last year.

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