Oscar 2010/Spec – Results!

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The Academy Awards were last night, and if you managed to stay away for the program (which sometimes feels like a long telethon), you know who won.  Below is a list of the winners of the major categories.  However, one note.  Since all of my predictions were correct, the following is my previous post that gives some analysis:

Original post date 2/2/10:

This morning, the nominees for Academy Awards were announced. 

While there are quite a few categories, I’m only covering the actors, directors, and best picture contests.  I will also provide a brief analysis of who is favored in each category.

And your nominees are…

BEST PICTURE

Avatar

The Blind Side

District 9

An Education

The Hurt Locker

Inglorious Basterds

Precious

A Serious Man

Up

Up in the Air

Like at the Directors Guild Awards, I expect the two movies Avatar & The Hurt Locker to be the only films with the shot to win.  Avatar – the highest grossing movie ever – took the top award at the Golden Globes.  However, The Hurt Locker has taken best picture at both the Producers Guild Awards & Directors Guild Awards – the winner of the latter traditionally goes on to win at the Oscars.

Also what is going for The Hurt Locker (and ultimately hurt Avatar) is the increase from five nominees for best picture to 10 this year.  This year’s votes for each pic will be lower due to the doubling of nominees, and I see that swaying the number to The Hurt Locker.

 

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Jeff Bridges – Crazy Heart

George Clooney – Up in the Air

Colin Firth – A Single Man

Morgan Freeman – Invictus

Jeremy Renner – The Hurt Locker

There’s really not much to say except that it is Jeff Bridges award to lose this year.  Since Crazy Heart was basically presented as a “For Your Consideration” platform for an Oscar for Bridges, I will be shocked if anyone else wins the award.

 

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Matt Damon – Invictus

Woody Harrelson – The Messenger

Christopher Plummer – The Last Station

Stanley Tucci – The Lovely Bones

Christopher Waltz – Inglorious Basterds

Like the last category, this is a lock.  After presenting a flawless, power-house performance in Inglorious Basterds, Waltz is the one to beat this year.

 

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side

Helen Mirren – The Last Station

Carey Mulligan – An Education

Gabourey Sidibe – Precious

Meryl Streep – Julie & Julia

With Oscar winners Meryl Streep & Helen Mirren going head-to-head, who will come out on top?  The answer may shock you:  Sandra Bullock.  Bullock joins Eddie Murphy as someone who was nominated for an Oscar (The Blind Side) AND a Razzie (All About Steve) in the same year.  However, unlike Murphy, don’t expect Steve to kill her shot at the Oscar.

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Penelope Cruz – Nine

Vera Farmiga – Up in the Air

Maggie Gyllenhaal – Crazy Heart

Anna Kendrick – Up in the Air

Mo’Nique – Precious

Mo’Nique has been grabbing award after award for her disturbing role in Precious, and I wouldn’t expect the Oscars to be any different.

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Coraline

Fantastic Mr. Fox

The Princess and the Frog

The Secret of Kells

Up

Last year, Jack Black made a joke at the Oscars about his simple strategy:  He takes jobs from DreamWorks, but bets a lot of money on Pixar to win at the Oscars.  It was hilarious because it is 100% accurate.  Look at Up to win the award this year.  This widely praised movie is another Pixar mega-hit.  Probably the only other movie with a chance would be the stop-motion animated Fantastic Mr. Fox; but all bets are on Up to snatch the award.

DIRECTING

Avatar – James Cameron

The Hurt Locker – Kathryn Bigelow

Inglorious Basterds – Quentin Tarantino

Precious – Lee Daniels

Up in the Air – Jason Reitman

See my analysis for BEST PICTURE to get an idea of who will win this award.  In case you didn’t notice, the directors nominated for the Oscar are the same who were competing in the Directors Guild Awards.  The contest will be between the formerly married twosome Cameron & Bigelow.  As previously stated, the director who wins at the DGA usually takes home the Oscar.  But if anybody beats her this year, it’ll be Cameron for Avatar.

What did YOU think?  Do you agree with the winners?

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