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Monthly Archives: March 2010

Post-Oscars Review: Bigelow Makes History

So, all the little golden men have been handed out. Some dreams have been crushed, others have been realized. Now it’s time to pore over the night that was, in needless detail. Because that’s just how I roll. So let’s see what I got right and what the Academy got wrong (and vice versa), and where it all goes from here.

In terms of picks, it was a decent night for me. I went a respectable 18/24 in the end. The six that I missed fall into three categories. There’s “Oh my God, what was I thinking?!” “Oh my God, what were they thinking?!” and “I really just have no idea what’s going on here”.

In the “my mistake” category, I chose Avatar to win best score and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus to win art direction. As the mash-up dance thingy immediately before the best score award was going on, I remember hearing the piano theme from Up and knowing right away that I was wrong to bet against Giacchino, because that was just a great theme. And going against Avatar for art direction was probably not a stroke of genius on my part either.

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The 2010 Academy Awards

It’s that time of year once again, so here are my picks for who’ll be bringing home the hardware on Oscar night.

Best Picture: The Hurt Locker
Best Actor: Jeff Bridges for Crazy Heart
Best Actress: Sandra Bullock for The Blind Side
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz for Inglourious Basterds
Best Supporting Actress: Mo’Nique for Precious
Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker
Best Screenplay, Written Directly for the Screen: Mark Boal for The Hurt Locker
Best Screenplay, Based on Material Previously Produced or Published: Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner for Up in the Air
Best Cinematography: Christian Berger for The White Ribbon
Best Editing: Bob Murawski and Chris Innis for The Hurt Locker
Best Art Direction: David Warren, Anastasia Masaro and Caroline Smith, for The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Best Costume Design: Sandy Powell for The Young Victoria
Best Makeup: Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow for Star Trek
Best Original Score: James Horner for Avatar
Best Original Song: T-Bone Burnett and Ryan Bingham for “The Weary Kind” from Crazy Heart
Best Sound Mixing: Paul N.J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett for The Hurt Locker
Best Sound Editing: Paul N.J. Ottosson for The Hurt Locker
Best Visual Effects: Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andy Jones for Avatar
Best Animated Feature Film: Up
Best Foreign Language Film: A Prophet
Best Documentary, Features: The Cove
Best Documentary, Short Subjects: Daniel Junge and Henry Ansbacher for The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner
Best Short Film, Animated: Nicolas Schmerkin for Logorama
Best Short Film, Live Action: Joachim Back and Tivi Magnusson for The New Tenants

So there you have it. Now that I’ve doomed all of the people above to losing, my work is done. Oh, I should also mention I’m in the process of compiling a list of my 10 favourite movies of 2009. It’ll be up sometime soon.