my 2008 oscar picks

So if you haven’t figured it out yet, I totally L-O-V-E love the Oscars, so I thought I’d share with you who I think will win (different from who I’d choose — maybe that’s more a post for post Oscar night). And if you still want to get in the action and it’s no past 4PM Eastern, you still can. And if it’s too late, try not to forget next year :)

And while you never know exactly what order they give out the awards in, I guess I’ll guess that, too! Play along yourself, and see how well I do! Let me also tell you just how many films I saw in each category, too, while I’m at it. And if you’re really good (at math or something like that) you might even be able to figure out some of the movies I didn’t see based on how many of each category I did see.

Looking down on my list, I’m a bit disappointed in a few things: compared to some other years, I don’t know if I did as good of a job getting to movies. I could have easily seen all the Best Picture nominees, but got lazy with Michael Clayton. Except for my refusal to see Russell Crowe in Master and Commander, this will be the first time in many years since I haven’t seen all 5 Best Picture nominees before Oscar night.

I only saw 5 of the 10 screenplay nominees, a number I will hopefully add to post-ceremony, and a sad number for the writer I claim to be. I am happy that I got to see all the short animated and live action films (today, actually, I went to see them @ a theater in DC), but there was no documentary shorts program to see, which was very disappointing (maybe after the ceremony). And only seeing 2 of the 5 documentary features, I also feel like I’m missed out on something. I can always saw I’ll get to them, and others, on video/DVD, but that rarely happens, especially with the plans I have in the coming months before the next batch of Oscar films hit the theaters this fall. And it also looks like I neglected the foreign films, but as someone said, the good ones actually didn’t get nominated, so I don’t blame myself in that category too much.

Enjoy my picks!

Actor in a Supporting Role (2 of 5)
Javier BardemNO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN

Art Direction (2 of 5)
THERE WILL BE BLOOD
actual winner — SWEENEY TODD THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET

Costume Design (2 of 5)
SWEENEY TODD THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET
actual winner — ELIZABETH: THE GOLDEN AGE

Actress in a Supporting Role (2 of 5)
Cate BlanchettI’M NOT THERE
actual winner — Tilda SwintonMICHAEL CLAYTON

Makeup (0 of 3)
LA VIE EN ROSE

Visual Effects (0 of 3)
TRANSFORMERS
actual winner — THE GOLDEN COMPASS

Music (Original Score) (1 of 5)
ATONEMENT

Short Film (Animated) (5 of 5)
MY LOVE (MOYA LYUBOV)
actual winner — PETER & THE WOLF

Short Film (Live Action) (5 of 5)
IL SUPPLENTE (THE SUBSTITUTE)
actual winner — LE MOZART DES PICKPOCKETS (THE MOZART OF PICKPOCKETS)

Sound Mixing (1 of 5)
THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM

Sound Editing (2 of 5)
THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM

Film Editing (2 of 5)
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
actual winner — THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM

Documentary Short Subject (0 of 4)
SARI’S MOTHER
actual winner — FREEHELD

Documentary Feature (2 of 5)
NO END IN SIGHT
actual winner — TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE

Writing (Adapted Screenplay) (3 of 5)
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN

Writing (Original Screenplay) (2 of 5)
JUNO

Foreign Language Film (0 of 5)
THE COUNTERFEITERS

Music (Original Song) (1 of 3 movies, 5 total songs)
FALLING SLOWLY — ONCE

Animated Feature Film (1 of 3)
RATATOUILLE

Cinematography (3 of 5)
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
actual winner — THERE WILL BE BLOOD

Actress in a Leading Role (2 of 5)
Marion CotillardLA VIE EN ROSE

Actor in a Leading Role (1 of 5)
Daniel Day-LewisTHERE WILL BE BLOOD

Directing (3 of 5)
Julian SchnabelTHE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY
actual winner — JOEL COEN & ETHAN COENNO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN

Best Picture (4 of 5)
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN

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