Sunday, the 82 annual Academy awards are going to be handed out. The glitz... the glimmer... that crypt keeper Joan Rivers patrolling the red carpet like some rubber zombie in a Romeo zombie flick. Will Avatar be named Best Picture? Or will it be The Hurt Locker's year.
Join us, as we break down the major nominations, and give you our picks.
Actors in a leading role:
- Jeff Bridges in “Crazy Heart”
- George Clooney in “Up in the Air”
- Colin Firth in “A Single Man”
- Morgan Freeman in “Invictus”
- Jeremy Renner in “The Hurt Locker”
This is a tough category. You have two Oscar favorites in Clooney and Freeman, the actor's actor Jeff Bridges, and the guy from The Hurt Locker, who was quite good in the movie. there is a chance it might be Clooney, as Up in the Air was the most overrated movie of last year (it was good, but to hear the way people were freaking out about the movie you would think it cured the blind or something), but personally I am looking for Jeff Bridges to take this one. His performance in Crazy Heart was jaw dropping (much like Mickey Rourke's performance two years ago in The Wrestler) and this year there is no political agenda for Oscar to be beholden to.
Winner: Jeff Bridges
Actress in a leading role;
- Sandra Bullock in “The Blind Side”
- Helen Mirren in “The Last Station”
- Carey Mulligan in “An Education”
- Gabourey Sidibe in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
- Meryl Streep in “Julie & Julia”
This is a tough call... Oscar loves redemption stories (Bullock), minorities (the fat chick from Precious), and both Meryl and Helen. My heart, the award goes to Meryl Streep. I made my broad- er, my broad made me sit through that Julie & Julia movie and the only thing that made it watchable was the great Meryl Streep managing not to ham up Julia Childes. That being said, no one... not even Oscar is powerful enough to stand against Oprah (who put up the money for Precious I believe).
Winner: Gabourey Sidibe
Actor in a supporting role:
- Matt Damon in “Invictus”
- Woody Harrelson in “The Messenger”
- Christopher Plummer in “The Last Station”
- Stanley Tucci in “The Lovely Bones”
- Christoph Waltz in “Inglourious Basterds”
Tucci was horrifying in The Lovely Bones, but the rest of the movie was less than good. Same issue with Invictus; great performance by Damon in a less than stellar movie. But that won't be an issue this year, as this award has been Christoph Waltz' award to lose since about this time last year. He was terrifying as the Jew Hunter in Inglorious Basterds.
Winner: Christoph Waltz
Actress in a supporting role:
- Penélope Cruz in “Nine”
- Vera Farmiga in “Up in the Air”
- Maggie Gyllenhaal in “Crazy Heart”
- Anna Kendrick in “Up in the Air”
- Mo’Nique in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
Neither of the broads in Up in the Air stand a shot in Hell of wining this award. Neither does that sad turtle Maggie Gyllenhaal for her work in Crazy Heart (which she was good in, I might add). Noooo... this award belongs to Mo'nique, for her gripping performance as Precious's horrific stem-mother in Precious.
- “Avatar” James Cameron
- “The Hurt Locker” Kathryn Bigelow
- “Inglourious Basterds” Quentin Tarantino
- “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Lee Daniels
- “Up in the Air” Jason Reitman
This is a two horse race between James Cameron and his ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow. So far, Bigelow has been taking all the industry awards for her work on The Hurt Locker, so coming into Sunday she would be the odds on favorite. But Cameron's Avatar was not only looked upon highly by the critics, but it was loved by the people on a year where it seemed like the Academy is interested in making sure that they take the consideration of the people.
Winner: its close, but Kathryn Bigelow
Best Picture of 2009
- “Avatar” James Cameron and Jon Landau, Producers
- “The Blind Side” Gil Netter, Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson, Producers
- “District 9” Peter Jackson and Carolynne Cunningham, Producers
- “An Education” Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, Producers
- “The Hurt Locker” Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Nicolas Chartier and Greg Shapiro, Producers
- “Inglourious Basterds” Lawrence Bender, Producer
- “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness, Producers
- “A Serious Man” Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, Producers
- “Up” Jonas Rivera, Producer
- “Up in the Air” Daniel Dubiecki, Ivan Reitman and Jason Reitman, Producers
Ten good movies make up the list of nominees for Best Picture. The group is a true representation of the best pictures of last year. But as far as the best picture of the year, the list I believe gets thin fast. Precious was great (maybe the funniest movie of the year in a Mommy Dearest kind of way), Up in the Air was great. But neither were great enough. District 9 is my personal favorite of the lot, but I know it doesn’t have a snow ball's shot of taking it. No... This is a race between Avatar and The Hurt Locker. Both are good, but for different reasons. Avatar was visually stunning and may very well have changed movies forever (notice the large amount of movies coming out in 3D) while The Hurt Locker, a little movie about a team f soldiers defusing bombs in Iraq. Neither of them are any small feat. But as technically advanced and audience adored as Avatar, The Hurt Locker is going to stun the world and take home the gold.
Winner: The Hurt Locker