“I still think awards are stupid…but they would be less stupid if they went to the right people.”
— Ron Swanson, Parks & Recreation
I have a dream….
That the 2010 Oscars aren’t a boring repeat of the Golden Globes and SAG Awards and every other awards show that has gone before them…
That I will be rewarded for the hours I devote to the red carpet coverage and show telecast with actual entertainment.
That the actors and films I like get the statuettes they deserve.
So this year, instead of making Oscar predictions — which at this point is pretty darn easy — I am listing my Oscar favorites….because if someone else wins, it won’t change my mind.
SUPPORTING ACTRESS — Anna Kendrick, “Up in the Air”
Anna deserves it. She went toe-to-toe with George Clooney and made the movie. I know Monique is going to win, but we’re talking who I like, remember?
SUPPORTING ACTOR — Christoph Waltz, “Inglourious Basterds”
I boycotted this movie (long story), but I have loved his interviews. Bet his acceptance speech is killer.
ACTRESS — Carey Mulligan, “An Education”
I love Sandra, but the “The Blind Side” being nominated for best picture Oscar was not legit. “An Education” was…and so was Mulligan.
ACTOR — George Clooney, “Up in the Air”
Jeff Bridges is gonna win, but Clooney’s performance was original and emotional. “Crazy Heart” is just “The Wrestler” with a guitar.
ANIMATED FEATURE FILM — “The Secret of the Kells”
I hadn’t even heard of this film until a week or so ago, but I’m intrigued.
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM — “The White Ribbon”
I correctly picked this film to win the Golden Globe based on a trailer, and I’m sticking with it.
ORIGINAL SCORE — “The Hurt Locker”
It takes a special score to accompany bombs bursting in air.
ORIGINAL SONG — Take It All, “Nine”
I loved all the music in this movie. Too bad the movie didn’t live up to it.
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY — Jason Reitman, “Up in the Air”
Relevant to today. Emotional. Authentic. Didn’t steal from “Dances with Wolves.” Give him the Oscar!
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY — Quentin Tarentino, “Inglourious Basterd”
If we can convince him he’s a good writer, maybe he’ll stop directing such gore fests.
DIRECTOR — Jason Reitman, “Up in the Air”
I think a director who can write and direct a story in an original way that speaks to everyone — and who doesn’t need to use CGI or bombs or scalping to keep your attention — is Oscar-worthy.
PICTURE — “Up in the Air”
I’ve seen it twice. Would see it again. Can’t recommend it enough.