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Saturday, February 24th 2007

Oscars

I am a film school grad, but I have seen so few movies this year that I’m not sure my Oscar predictions are worth anything more than anyone else who reads EW or the internet. I’ve seen just one of the best picture noms.

But I’ve clamored together what seems to be a consensus from those in the know. The best and supporting actors and actresses are all but certainties it appears, the best picture is a two film race, and the best director is practically locked up as well (note: don’t believe any of the last second Greengrass hype, this is Marty’s year).

Click ‘Read More’ for my predictions & see how many I got right.

Best Picture
The Departed
Babel
The Queen
Little Miss Sunshine
Letter From Iwo Jima

Best Actor
Forest Whitaker
Peter O’Toole
Will Smith
Ryan Gosling
Leonardo DiCaprio

Best Actress
Helen Mirren
Judi Dench
Kate Winslet
Penelope Cruz
Meryl Streep

Best Director
Martin Scorcese
Paul Greengrass
Clint Eastwood
Alejandro Inarritu
Stephen Frears

Best Supporting Actor
Eddie Murphy
Alan Arkin
Djimon Hounsou
Jackie Earle haley
Mark Whalberg

Best Supporting Actress
Jennifer Hudson
Adriana Barraza
Cate Blanchet
Abigail Breslin
Rinko Kikuchi

Best Original Screenplay (Someday…)
Little Miss Sunshine
Babel
Letters From Iwo Jima
Pan’s Labyrinth
The Queen

Best Adapted Screenplay
The Departed
Little Children
Notes On A Scandal
Borat
Children of Men (not a very good book…sorry P.D. James)

Best Foreign Film
Pan’s Labyrinth
After The Wedding
Days of Glory
Water
The Lives of Others

Best Feature Length Documentary
An Inconvenient Truth
Iraq In Fragments
Jesus Camp
My Country, My Country
Deliver Us From Evil

Best Animated Feature
Cars
Monster House
Happy Feet

As for Cinematography, Editing, Art Direction, Costume Design, Original Score, Makeup, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects, Short Documentary, Live Action Short, Animated Short, and even the popular Best Song, I simply have no idea who will win.

The Oscars are this Sunday, February 25th at 7:00 pm central on ABC. Sadly, I don’t think host Ellen Degeneres is that funny but maybe she’ll turn in a good performance.

*EDIT – The Results*

Not that they’re worth anything since I scoured the internet and picked apart other’s reasoning of who would win but…here’s how my “limited” selections did:

Green = Right
Red = Wrong

Best PictureThe Departed
Best ActorForest Whitaker (Duh)
Best ActressHelen Mirren (Duh)
Best DirectorMartin Scorcese (Duh)
Best Supporting ActorAlan Arkin
Best Supporting ActressJeniffer Hudson
Best Adapted ScreenplayThe Departed*
Best Original ScreenplayLittle Miss Sunshine*
Best Foreign FilmThe Lives of Others
Best DocumentaryAn Inconvenient Truth
Best Animated FilmHappy Feet

* Considering The Craft I Spent Four Years Honing, I’m Glad I Got These Right

I took a shot at all of the awards over at The Irish Trojan’s Oscar Contest. I didn’t do half bad, tying for second amongst 75 contestants.

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