Sunday, February 24, 2008

2008 OSCAR Picks

I will keep one eye on the OSCARS tonight. If nothing else, host John Stewart should be entertaining.

For the fourth year in a row, I will list my predictions for the major awards. I have made a nice bit of change through the year with wagers on the OSCARS, but this year I have no money at stake.

Supporting Actress: Through the years, this has been the one category that has consistently been hard to call. This year is no different. This award could easily go to Ruby Dee for sentiment or Amy Ryan but I am going with my hunch that Cate Blanchett gets her second statue.

Supporting Actor: This is a strong category this year, but I think we can count on Javier Bardem to win and kick off a big night for No Country for Old Men.

Lead Actress: This category is set up for a surprise, but I am going with favorite Julie Christie for her portrayal of a woman with Alzheimer's Disease.

Lead Actor: This is perhaps the strongest category of the evening. Three previous winners are nominated, and you can argue that each gave a performance better than the one for which he won. Still, I go with Daniel Day-Lewis, probably the best actor working today.

Adapted Screenplay: Joel and Ethan Coen win this one and add it to their previous win for original screenplay for Fargo.

Original Screenplay: Juno is the little film that could, and it should not go home with no wins. Diablo Cody should win this one, although Tony Gilroy could score an upset for his work on Michael Clayton.

Director: Joel and Ethan Coen already have a superb and eclectic collection of movies to their credit, but No Country is their masterpiece. They get a little gold man for their effort tonight.

Picture: I think No Country for Old Men wins this category, although I missed my Best Picture picks the last two years.


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