Okay, the Academy Awards are on tonight, and I totally almost forgot. Let’s see whose psychic or a lucky bastard. I’ll give a prize equal to the value of 2.5 paperclips to the person who ends up getting the most of these top 6 (plus 1 rogue) categories correct.
I’d tell you what the prize is, but that would compromise the integrity of the contest, since no one would likely want it, and might botch their picks just to avoid getting it. Here are the categories and the contestants, just throw your picks down in the comments section.
1. Best Picture: No Country for Old Men
2. Directing: No Country for Old Men
3. Actor in a Leading Role: Daniel Day Lewis for There Will be Blood
4. Actress in a Leading Role: Marion Cotillard for La Vie en Rose
5. Actor in a Supporting Role: Javier Bardem for No Country for Old Men
6. Actress in a Supporting Role: Tilda Swinton Michael Clayton
7. Sound Mixing (rogue category): The Bourne Ultimatum
Johemmant– 4!!! Way to go! Prize pending follow up post.
I won’t boast. Yes I will, I so nailed it about the Jack thing. The musical numbers tend to be a little grating, but I think Amy Adams did a fantastic job, getting up there all by herself in front of all those famous faces. She did just as good a singing job live as her character in the movie (Si dragged me to Enchanted.) I wish they had used Amy Adams instead of Kristin Chenowith for the ‘That’s How You Know’ number. Chenowith lacked energy, and it was noticeable.
There have been some surprises in the main categories for sure. Jon Stewart is going for understated again, and this seems to work pretty well. A few jokes have fallen a bit flat, but for the most part he’s pitch perfect. Okay, I’m pretty glad the song ‘Falling Slowly’ won, even though ‘That’s How You Know’ was a really fun number in the princess movie. The awards have been pretty evenly distributed, no sweeps this year… but Bourne Ultimatum is cleaning up for the technical crap.
Tilda Swinton has given the best acceptance speech by far. The movie montages are relentless. They come hard and fast and stretch on for sentimental mile upon mile. Three hours and 22 minutes… They kept it under the length of a Harry Potter movie. Not too bad.