Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio (Blood Diamond), Ryan Gosling (Half Nelson), Peter O'Toole (Venus), Will Smith (The Pursuit of Happyness), Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland)
Hmmm – this year’s a toughy! I want Leonardo DiCaprio AND Forest Whitaker to get it…and they both deserve it! Ryan Gosling is a welcome nomination, but he won’t get the Oscar – he’s just too darn Canadian and low key in his brilliance! Will Smith and Peter O’Toole are both slight spanners in the works, as Smith is just DYING for that Oscar, and Oscy-baby knows it! O’Toole, on the other hand, is just plain dying (ba-da-boom-chiiii)…always the bridesmaid, never the bride!
SHOULD: Leonardo DiCaprio & Forest Whitaker
WILL: Forest Whitaker
Supporting Actor: Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine), Jackie Earle Haley (Little Children), Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond), Eddie Murphy (Dreamgirls), Mark Wahlberg (The Departed)
Oscar is just so unpredictable when it comes to sentimentality…we could see Eddie Murphy getting this damn statue JUST for doing something that didn’t involve the ‘Axel Foley’ laugh!! However, I think it’s a three-horse race between Alan Arkin, Mark Walberg and Djimon Hounsou. Of the three, I though Djimon’s performance is most Oscar-worthy, with Alan Arkin coming in second, and Mark holding up the rear with a brilliant-but-just-not-Oscar-worthy jobby. Mark will only get it if Scorsese doesn’t bag director or picture. Again, I’m tied for shoulds!!
SHOULD: Djimon Hounsou & Alan Arkin
WILL: Alan Arkin
Best Actress: Penélope Cruz (Volver), Judi Dench (Notes on a Scandal), Helen Mirren (The Queen), Meryl Streep (The Devil Wears Prada), Kate Winslet (Little Children)
Well, who are we kidding here? It’s gonna be Helen Mirren. And, for once, I’m gonna agree! Her portrait of an icon was by all accounts touching and emotive, but reserved and disciplined – a hard act to follow! Obviously I’d be thrilled if Penélope got it…or my little fav Kate Winslet, but I really think things are gonna come up Mirren on this one!
SHOULD: Helen Mirren
WILL: Helen Mirren
Supporting Actress: Adriana Barraza (Babel), Cate Blanchett (Notes on a Scandal), Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine), Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls), Rinko Kikuchi (Babel)
Right. Firstly, Abaigail – was there anything cuter in cinema this year? Or more earnest? But Oscar doesn’t do child actors very often, so my money is on a tight run between the two Babel girls. By all accounts, Rinko’s character is a tightly wrought piece of controversial acting, and Adriana’s is beautiful and distraught. Hmm – toughy! I don’t think Jennifer Hudson will get an OSCAR for her performance…Golden Globe sections are one thing, where they reward musicals and comedy, but Oscar is quite another.
SHOULD: Abigail Breslin
WILL: Adriana Barraza
Animated Feature: Cars, Happy Feet, Monster House.
God, crap year for Animated Features, eh?!?!? I reckon the penguins will sweep it. They probably deserve it too…I wouldn’t know, because I haven’t seen any of them!
SHOULD: Happy Feet
WILL: Happy Feet
Cinematography: The Black Dahlia, Children of Men, The Illusionist, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Prestige.
God, what a pile in there! And where’s Apocalypto?? Mel really shot himself in the foot with that outburst during the year!! I think probably Pan’s Labyrinth will get it. I’m a big fan of Children of Men and The Prestige, but I think they’re just in this category for the hell of it.
SHOULD: Pan’s Labyrinth
WILL: Pan’s Labyrinth
Costume Design: Curse of the Golden Flower, The Devil Wears Prada, Dreamgirls, Marie Antoinette, The Queen.
All the costumes are quite similar in this little group, apart from The Devil, which is more contemporary. Musicals tend to be the most lavish, so Dreamgirls is certainly in for a shot, but I wouldn’t put it past The Queen to get this one.
WILL: The Queen
Best Director: Babel, The Departed, Letters from Iwo Jima, The Queen, United 93.
Come on! The Departed, obviously!! Brilliant stuff that no sitting-on-a-bloody-plane-terror can surpass! Babel could sweep in there, but another cut-and-paste jobby would wreck my head…give him editing instead! And by sweet bippy, if Clint gets it again then this is the LAST Oscar ceremony I’ll bloody watch!!!
SHOULD: Martin Scorsese
WILL: Martin Scorsese
Documentary: Deliver us from Evil, An Invonvenient Truth, Iraq in Fragments, Jesus Camp, My Country My Country.
An Inconvenient Truth needs to win this! It is a fantastically put together documentary, as well as giving a wonderful insight into the world that could have been were it not for a botched Florida count.
SHOULD: An Inconvenient Truth
WILL: An Inconvenient Truth
Film Editing: Babel, Blood Diamond, Children of Men, The Departed, United 93.
God, Babel should definitely get this. Stringing together three diverse stories into one coherent tale needs a strong hand in the editing room. However, things could go towards United 93, just to give it something. Hopefully not, though!
Foreign Language Film: After the Wedding, Days of Glory (Indigénes), The Lives of Others, Pan’s Labyrinth, Water.
Where the hell is Apocalypto?? Or Volver??? OK, Pan’s Labyrinth deserves it, but could we not at least have some appropriate competition?
WILL: Pan’s Labyrinth
Makeup: Apocalypto, Click, Pan’s Labyrinth
Hmmm. Apocalypto could get this little pat on the back just to give it something. Pan’s probably deserves it more, because it has that character’s evolution.
Best Picture: Babel, The Departed, Letters from Iwo Jima, Little Miss Sunshine, The Queen.
I have my suspicions on this one. I really think that Scorsese’s gonna get director, which means they may not give him this one. And, actually, I think that Little Miss Sunshine IS a better ‘Best Film’ for this category, even though I loved The Departed. I think Oscar will want to give it to the little-engine-that-could of Little Miss. Of course, things could go horribly wrong, with Oscar divided on the two, and it could slip between two stools and go to one of the others! Aaarrrggghhh!!
SHOULD: The Departed
WILL: Little Miss Sunshine
Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, Children of Men, The Departed, Little Children, Notes on a Scandal
It’s not going to go to Borat, that’s for sure. I’m thinking a toss up between The Departed and Notes on a Scandal. And I think The Departed was a great script ,so I’m gonna hope for it to win!
SHOULD: The Departed
WILL: Notes on a Scandal
Writing (Original Screenplay): Babel, Letters from Iwo Jima, Little Miss Sunshine, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Queen
Wonder will they give it to Clint, so as the film gets SOMETHING! Hmmm….they could do it, the slimey fecks!! Of course, Babel has the complicated script, so they could feel intellectual voting it. I think Little Miss might take this one. It’s a very funny, quirky script in the indie-type movie Oscar just falls in love with.
SHOULD: Little Miss Sunshine
WILL: Little Miss Sunshine