Monday, February 16, 2009

My Predictions: The 81st Annual Academy Awards

We're less than a week away from the big night. Here are my predictions for the winners in the big categories:

Best Director: Danny Boyle for SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE
Best Actor: Mickey Rourke for THE WRESTLER
Best Actress: Kate Winslet for THE READER
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger for THE DARK KNIGHT
Best Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz for VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA

I think SLUMDOG will capture a lot of the other Oscars it's up for: Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing, Score, Song. I see BENJAMIN BUTTON having four chances at not becoming the biggest loser of all-time: Adapted Screenplay, Make-Up, Supporting Actress (Taraji P. Henson-- my second guess for this category), or Visual Effects. I think it will get at least Make-Up and Visual Effects.

THE DARK KNIGHT is likelt to get the two sound awards: that makes three Oscars total with Ledger-- not a bad haul. It could take Cinematography and Editing away from SLUMDOG: that would give them 5 each.

There are at least two Oscar pool spoilers this year: Costume Design (AUSTRALIA?); Art Direction (CHANGELING?), in addition to the who-knows-what Doc, Foreign, and short subjects crap shoot.

And, as always, Best Animated Feature is a slam-dunk: WALL-E.

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