THE biggest film of all time versus the little war movie that could. It all comes down to this.
The news.com.au Oscars Predictor uses award wins and nominations, critics' ratings and box-office takings to decide which contenders have the best chance of winning a gong. Last year it was 100 per cent right in each of the main Oscar categories.
Hit movie critic Leigh Paatsch takes on our Oscars Predictor to give us his verdict on who'll he thinks will take home the prize.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN 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
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Take a cab to the nearest after-party Freeman was always going to be Oscar-nommed for finally playing his "Yes, I do have a Nelson Mandela thing going on, don't I?" card. But Invictus didn't give him the chance to really showboat. T'was a fine performance by Clooney in Up in the Air, but results on the awards circuit suggest it hasn't struck a chord with voting types.
Deserves to win, but won't Colin Firth gave his all in A Single Man, but they gave the 2009 Best Actor to a straight bloke playing a tragic gay bloke (Sean Penn in Milk). The main acting categories never go to the same type of character two years in a row. Renner does have a blowout chance thanks to all the love for The Hurt Locker.
And the winner is ... Jeff Bridges. After a streak of noms and snubs stretching back to the early 1970s, his time has finally come. Bridges' portrayal of boozy country warbler Bad Blake was one of those performances that just dragged the film and its audience wherever he damn well liked. Hope he doesn't follow the lead of Mr Blake and step off stage mid-speech for a sudden spew.
THE PREDICTOR SAYS: Jeff Bridges 82% George Clooney 54%
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN 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
Scrunch that speech into a tiny ball The unheralded Sidibe did not ever lose her solid grip on the anchoring role in the tough indie drama Precious. However, a perception of "dues unearned" always erodes the prospects of out-of-nowhere nominees. Mirren is a serial darling of awards voters everywhere, but there is next to no buzz for her in 2010. There will still be a next time for Mirren in this category.
Deserves to win, but won't I am convinced the young Brit Mulligan's display as the ingenue of An Education is the best performance here. She exhibits the broadest range and faultlessly nails the trickiest character of the lot. Bookies' odds and voters' polls say no chance. Unjust. Conversely, Bullock is fave to win despite not stretching herself for a moment in The Blind Side. Sure, she was perfectly cast for a bland role, but Best Actress? Come on, Academy: come to your senses.
And the winner is ... Meryl Streep. An overthetop depiction of legendary foodie Julia Child was perhaps not Streep's finest hour. Nevertheless, she still took risks and made it all look so easy, which few others in the business ever do. A win for the Streepster is a win for real acting. A win for Bullock is a win for good hyping. The scene is set for the second-most-intriguing contest of the night behind Best Picture.
THE PREDICTOR SAYS Meryl Streep 78% Sandra Bullock 71%
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE Matt Damon - Invictus Woody Harrelson - The Messenger Christopher Plummer - The Last Station Stanley Tucci - The Lovely Bones Christoph Waltz - Inglourious Basterds
Give your seat-minder the night off Take the hottest favourite of the night out of the equation and this would have been a ripping contest. Plummer and Tucci will be the first to eat the dust left in the barnstorming wake of Mr Waltz. One can safely assume the obscure The Last Station wasn't seen in full by enough voters, and Tucci's kid-killin' creep will scare away the softies.
Deserves to win, but won't Woody Harrelson's work has always been highly rated by his peers, and there is a vibe they're just itching to give him one of these trophies soon. His effort as rock-solid army man in The Messenger is close to a career best. Sadly, the film couldn't get arrested in US cinemas. Oh well. Damon found a surprising amount of light and shade in his seemingly drab Invictus character.
And the winner is ... Christoph Waltz. The scene-stealing Austrian star of Quentin Tarantino's epic World War II action fantasy has been considered a lock to win since noms were announced. Repeat viewings reveal Waltz's performance as a duplicitous Nazi (oh, but weren't they all?) runs far deeper than mere surface-level caricature. This man has crazy skills.
THE PREDICTOR SAYS Christoph Waltz 94% Woody Harrelson 39%
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN 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
Hey, it's a night out, OK? Cruz did nothing but pout, pole dance and point her posterior at the camera for a few fleshy minutes in Nine. And anyway, she won this last year for Vicky Cristina Barcelona, didn't she? Kendrick has the potential to win some serious statuettes in the future, but not for her solid, unshowy work in Up in the Air. Presence of castmate Farmiga in the line-up here further reduces chances of both.
Deserves to win, but won't Has Maggie Gyllenhaal ever fallen short of the mark any time a camera has been switched on in her presence? No. Jake's sister did it again in Crazy Heart, having us believe a foxy young single mum would dare suck face with a boozin' and faggin' old country singer whose breath could put a hole in the ozone layer.
And the winner is ... Mo'Nique. Almost as much of a sure thing as Christoph Waltz for Supporting Actor. Mo'Nique's grotesque yet aff ecting portrayal of an abusive mother in Precious is astonishing work for someone whose previous screen credits encompassed C-grade comedies and worse. Has a humdinger of an acceptance speech ready to go if earlier trips to the podium on the awards circuit are any indication.
THE PREDICTOR SAYS Mo'Nique 87% Anna Kendrick 45%
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING James Cameron - Avatar Kathryn Bigelow - The Hurt Locker Quentin Tarantino - Inglourious Basterds Lee Daniels - Precious Jason Reitman - Up in the Air
Smile like you don't mind losing Daniels is way out of his league. Directed Precious with all the subtlety of someone dropping a grand piano on a mouse. Bit embarrassing he's here at the expense of Neill Blomkamp (District 9) and the brothers Coen (A Serious Man). Reitman is fast becoming one of the most relevant filmmakers of his generation. A shame this is such a tough year to get a winning vibe. Tarantino is just Tarantino, God bless him. An absolute one of a kind.
Deserves to win, but won't Cameron will probably miss the boat here. There has always been a belief that his technical mastery has covered for his shortcomings as a director. There are just enough clunky bits in Avatar to nuke Cameron's chances. But he certainly won't mind lowering his colours to his ex-wife, with whom he remains on fine terms. What a good sport.
And the winner is ... Kathryn Bigelow. In case you haven't heard, she is poised to become the first female to win this category. A depressing statistic when you start wondering why it has taken so long. Even more depressing when you learn how few women land directing jobs in Hollywood each year. What about the bright side? Well, The Hurt Locker is clearly the best-directed film of the nominees submitted. A complete, compelling vision.
THE PREDICTOR SAYS Kathryn Bigelow 95% James Cameron 78%
BEST MOTION PICTURE OF THE YEAR Avatar The Blind Side District 9 An Education The Hurt Locker Inglourious Basterds Precious A Serious Man Up Up in the Air
Go for the gold, be grateful for the silver The field has blown out to 10 this year to give a few populist flicks a chance (and thereby resuscitate ailing TV ratings). Most of them don't have a hope in hell. Though it is great to see the mighty District 9 recognised for its sheer originality, and Pixar's Up patted on the head for its sheer excellence.
Deserves to win, but won't As the highest-grossing release in history - and a work that has already changed the face of the movie business you'd think Avatar would be across the line. Two important factors count against it. The Academy's many traditionalist voters will think twice about going for a CGI-driven film that, in their minds, is "half a cartoon". All other voters must surely fear how James Cameron will choose to top his "king of the world!" acceptance speech for Titanic.
And the winner is ... The Hurt Locker. The highest honour of the night is The Hurt Locker's to lose. The flawless composition and unforgettably searing intensity of this dynamic war picture puts it well ahead of the pack. A change to a preferential voting system for this category this year favours The Hurt Locker. Put simply, with nominees now ranked 1 to 10 by voters, THL looks sure to attract fewer low rankings than its nearest rival, Avatar
The most competitive Oscars ever!! so much intense rivalry!! this year! it's so exciting!!
Here are my predictions for who will win:
BEST PICTURE: Avatar (must win!!!)
BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE: George Clooney – Up In The Air BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Matt Damon - Invictus BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE: Meryl Streep – Julie & Julia BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Monique – Precious BEST DIRECTOR: Kathryn Bigalow (historic win!!)
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM: The Princess and the Frog BEST ART DIRECTION: Avatar BEST DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE) Which Way Home - Rebecca BEST DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT) Music by Prudence BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Avatar - Mauro Fiore BEST COSTUME DESIGN: Coco before Chanel - Cath Letterier BEST FILM EDITING: The Hurt Locker BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: A Prophet - France BEST MAKE UP: The Young Victoria
BEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE): Avatar - James Horner BEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG): Take It All - Maury Yeston BEST SHORT FILM (ANIMATED): Logorama BEST SHORT FILM: (LIVE ACTION): The Door BEST SOUND EDITING: Avatar BEST SOUND MIXING: Avatar BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: Avatar BEST WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY): Precious BEST WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY): The Hurt Locker
No, the first article was taken from the website www.news.com.au, they are the source. I just copied it from the Oscars section of the website, so that i can see when the winners are announced, if the predictions were correct.
This year the Academy will make the same historic mistake they've made many times in the past. Millions of people will tune in expecting the highest grossing film of all-time to win and then scratch their heads and say The Hurt what???? - and the Academy wonders why the ratings are down.
As I said this will go down in history just like the "Star Wars" & "E.T" mistakes of the past. I mean "Annie Hall", "Ghandhi" & now "The Hurt Locker". I know these are all fine films (that I too enjoyed) but really in 100 years time it's "Star Wars", "E.T "& "Avatar" that people will still remember.
Jeff Bridges will finally get a much deserved Oscar not only for Crazy Heart but for a long and remarkable career. Sandra Bullock will win both the Razzie & Oscar all in the one year. Avatar will clean up with most of the technical awards and Up will deservedly win Best Animated Feature.
BEST PICTURE: The Hurt Locker
BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE: Jeff Bridges - Crazy Heart BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Christoph Waltz - Inglorious Bastards BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE: Sandra Bullock - The Blind Side BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Monique – Precious BEST DIRECTOR: Kathryn Bigelow - The Hurt Locker
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM: Up BEST ART DIRECTION: Avatar BEST DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE) Which Way Home - Rebecca BEST DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT) Music by Prudence BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Avatar BEST COSTUME DESIGN: The Young Victoria BEST FILM EDITING: The Hurt Locker BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: A Prophet - France BEST MAKE UP: Star Trek
BEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE): Up - Michael Giacchino BEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG): Take It All - Maury Yeston BEST SHORT FILM (ANIMATED): Logorama BEST SHORT FILM: (LIVE ACTION): The Door BEST SOUND EDITING: Avatar BEST SOUND MIXING: Avatar BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: Avatar BEST WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY): Up in the Air BEST WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY): The Hurt Locker
So I need to avoid the internet until AFTER Nine has shown their presentation at midday. I thought they were showing them live, but obviously that is being left for the PayTV stations (something I don't have) to show them live. Anyways, here are my predictions, the ones in brackets are what I would have liked to have won.
BEST PICTURE: The Hurt Locker
BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE: Jeff Bridges - Crazy Heart BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Christopher Waltz - Inglorious Bastards BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE: Sandra Bullock - The Blind Side BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Monique – Precious BEST DIRECTOR: Kathryn Bigelow - The Hurt Locker
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM: Up (The Princess And The Frog BEST ART DIRECTION: The Young Victoria BEST DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE) The Cove BEST DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT) China's Unnatural Disaster BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: The White Ribbon BEST COSTUME DESIGN: The Young Victoria BEST FILM EDITING: The Hurt Locker BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: The White Ribbon - Germany BEST MAKE UP: Star Trek
BEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE): Up - Michael Giacchino BEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG): The Weary Kind (Almost There) BEST SHORT FILM (ANIMATED): A Matter Of Loaf Of Death BEST SHORT FILM: (LIVE ACTION): Instead Of Abracadabra BEST SOUND EDITING: Avatar BEST SOUND MIXING: Avatar BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: Avatar BEST WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY): Up in the Air BEST WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY): Inglorious Basterds
Even though I still hate how Annie Hall beat Star Wars, I don't mind it when the biggest movie of the year doesn't win the Best Picture. A lot of people forget that the Oscars aren't meant to be a popularity contest, it is meant to be about the art and merit of the movie. And personally I don't think Avatar is memorable at all. I cannot tell you one scene I remember from the movie. Without the 3D aspect the movie would be nothing special and the higher prices for 3D and IMAX is what has helped it become the biggest movie of all time. I read an article that showed that only 1/2 the total number of people who saw Titanic have seen Avatar.
Interesting how many people miss the influence Annie Hall has had itself over the years. Sure Star Wars is major, but Annie Hall was the starting point for Seinfeld, Family Guy and the Simpsons, among others. Both films are amazing, but I would still give Annie Hall its Oscar, being one of my faves of all time.
I will admit my disappointment in Star Wars not winning is clouded by the fact that I rarely enjoy a Woody Allen film. Or actually it's more Woody Allen's acting I struggle to enjoy. But I don't actively hate Annie Hall because of its win, it's more a disapointment that Star Wars wasn't able to pull out a win. Kind of like how I would have preferred Beauty And The Beast to win over Silence Of The Lambs but I can appreciate Lambs winning.
BOTH films started the Academy Awards night with nine nominations, but as the closing music played at Los Angeles' Kodak Theatre, the tussle for top spot between Avatar and The Hurt Locker was decided.
With the Oscar going to Kathryn Bigelow for Best Director, and her film, The Hurt Locker winning the gong for Best Picture, it was clear that the film about a bomb disposal crew working in Baghdad was the night's big winner
The final tally was six awards to The Hurt Locker and three to James Cameron's Avatar.
Best Actor went to sentimental favorite Jeff Bridges for his role in Crazy Heart, while Sandra Bullock made it a best-and-worst double in 24 hours with an Oscar for her role in The Blind Side to match the Razzie she collected for All About Steve.
The 82nd annual awards had opened with the five best actor and five best actress nominees emerging from the back of the stage.
Surprisingly last year's Emmys host Neil Patrick Harris then burst onto the stage in a black sequined jacket.
"I know! What am I doing here?" he exclaimed before bursting into a Broadway-style musical piece complete with dancing girls.
First-time host Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin, hosting the awards for the third time, dropped from the ceiling in a mechanical platform surrounded by angels.
As is traditional with the opening monologue the comedy duo saved most of their ammunition for a select few actors, with Meryl Streep among this year's lucky recipients.
George Clooney joked with the hosts by appearing to scowl whenever they mentioned his name.
They explained that 6000 members of the Academy submit their votes for the awards and "no matter what they nominated Meryl Streep".
Martin said Streep has the most nominations of any person in Oscars history, with 16, "or as I like to think of it 'most losses'".
Baldwin said Invictus, which stars best actor nominee Morgan Freeman and best supporting actor nominee Matt Damon, combined two of Martin's favourite passion
"Rugby and tensions between blacks and whites," Baldwin said, straight-faced.
After spotting The Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow, nominated for best director alongside ex-husband James Cameron, Martin quipped: "She was so pleased to be nominated with him (Cameron) she sent him a gift basket with a timer."
"He reciprocated by sending her a Toyota," Baldwin joked.
The first major award of the night went to Austrian Christoph Waltz who was named best supporting actor for his role in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds.
Waltz, who was a relative unknown even in his own country before the film was released, played a sinister Nazi officer with a talent for seeking out people in hiding.
He paid tribute to both director Tarantino and co-star Brad Pitt in his acceptance speech.
Over the past year, Waltz has garnered every major film prize, from the best actor award in Cannes to the Screen Actors Guild award, the Golden Globe, the British BAFTA and now the Oscar.
Best supporting actress went to Mo’Nique in Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire – with the Oprah-endorsed film also picking the gong for best adapted screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher.
Mo’Nique, who won the Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award and BAFTA for her role as an abusive mother of a pregnant teen in Precious, received a standing ovation as she took to the stage to collect her award.
The 42-year-old comedienne paid tribute to Oprah Winfrey, who was one of the film’s producers, and her husband Sidney who is also her manager.
82nd ACADEMY AWARDS (awards in alphabetical order) WINNERS LIST:
Actor 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
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
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
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
Animated Feature Film Coraline Henry Selick Fantastic Mr. Fox Wes Anderson The Princess and the Frog John Musker and Ron Clements The Secret of Kells Tomm Moore ** Up Pete Docter
Art Direction ** Avatar Art Direction: Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Kim Sinclair The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Art Direction: Dave Warren and Anastasia Masaro; Set Decoration: Caroline Smith Nine Art Direction: John Myhre; Set Decoration: Gordon Sim Sherlock Holmes Art Direction: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer The Young Victoria Art Direction: Patrice Vermette; Set Decoration: Maggie Gray
Cinematography ** Avatar Mauro Fiore Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Bruno Delbonnel The Hurt Locker Barry Ackroyd Inglourious Basterds Robert Richardson The White Ribbon Christian Berger
Costume Design Bright Star Janet Patterson Coco before Chanel Catherine Leterrier The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Monique Prudhomme Nine Colleen Atwood ** The Young Victoria Sandy Powell
Directing 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
Documentary (Feature) Burma VJ Anders Østergaard and Lise Lense-Møller ** The Cove Louie Psihoyos and Fisher Stevens Food, Inc. Robert Kenner and Elise Pearlstein The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith Which Way Home Rebecca Cammisa
Documentary (Short Subject) China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner Daniel Junge and Henry Ansbacher The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert ** Music by Prudence Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett Rabbit à la Berlin Bartek Konopka and Anna Wydra
Film Editing Avatar Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua and James Cameron District 9 Julian Clarke ** The Hurt Locker Bob Murawski and Chris Innis Inglourious Basterds Sally Menke Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire Joe Klotz
Foreign Language Film Ajami Israel The Milk of Sorrow (La Teta Asustada) Peru A Prophet (Un Prophète) France ** The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos) Argentina The White Ribbon (Das Weisse Band) Germany
Music (Original Score) Avatar James Horner Fantastic Mr. Fox Alexandre Desplat The Hurt Locker Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders Sherlock Holmes Hans Zimmer ** Up Michael Giacchino
Music (Original Song) Almost There from The Princess and the Frog Music and Lyric by Randy Newman Down in New Orleans from The Princess and the Frog Music and Lyric by Randy Newman Loin de Paname from Paris 36 Music by Reinhardt Wagner Lyric by Frank Thomas Take It All from Nine Music and Lyric by Maury Yeston ** The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart) from Crazy Heart Music and Lyric by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett
Best Picture 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
Short Film (Animated) French Roast Fabrice O. Joubert Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty Nicky Phelan and Darragh O’Connell The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte) Javier Recio Gracia ** Logorama Nicolas Schmerkin A Matter of Loaf and Death Nick Park
Short Film (Live Action) The Door Juanita Wilson and James Flynn Instead of Abracadabra Patrik Eklund and Mathias Fjellström Kavi Gregg Helvey Miracle Fish Luke Doolan and Drew Bailey ** The New Tenants Joachim Back and Tivi Magnusson
Sound Editing Avatar Christopher Boyes and Gwendolyn Yates Whittle ** The Hurt Locker Paul N.J. Ottosson Inglourious Basterds Wylie Stateman Star Trek Mark Stoeckinger and Alan Rankin Up Michael Silvers and Tom Myers
Sound Mixing Avatar Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson and Tony Johnson ** The Hurt Locker Paul N.J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett Inglourious Basterds Michael Minkler, Tony Lamberti and Mark Ulano Star Trek Anna Behlmer, Andy Nelson and Peter J. Devlin Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers and Geoffrey Patterson
Visual Effects ** Avatar Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones District 9 Dan Kaufman, Peter Muyzers, Robert Habros and Matt Aitken Star Trek Roger Guyett, Russell Earl, Paul Kavanagh and Burt Dalton
Writing (Adapted Screenplay) District 9 Written by Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell An Education Screenplay by Nick Hornby In the Loop Screenplay by Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche ** Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire Screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher Up in the Air Screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner
Writing (Original Screenplay) ** The Hurt Locker Written by Mark Boal Inglourious Basterds Written by Quentin Tarantino The Messenger Written by Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman A Serious Man Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen Up Screenplay by Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, Story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarth
The critics were right, The Hurt Locker won!! the academy got it so wrong this year!! Most dissapointing moment of the night, the audience gasped!! Avatar was more deserving, it's the highest grossing film of all time!! i watched it 3 times! loved it! also buying the dvd too. Never watched "The Hurt Locker", and never will.
It seems that the Academy have a fetish about war related films. Very upset about the win! 6 Academy awards, the film dominated the evening, overshadowing Avatar, unfortunately.
BEST DIRECTOR: Kathryn Bigalow (The Hurt Locker)
Wow, congratulations!! first female winner!! she won and beat her ex-husband James Cameron who was sitting right behind her with the best fake smile i have ever seen. Very refreshing to see!! the highlight of the night, an historic win!! Battle of the exes is over, with Kathy the winner and her film winning the top awards.
BEST ACTOR: Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart)
He was the favourite, and congratulations Jeff!! i haven't watched the film yet, haven't heard of him, but well done!!
BEST ACTRESS: Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side)
The critics were so right again!! i expected Meryl Streep to win and cause a shock, but she didn't. I'm such a big Bullock fan and "The Blind Side" is No.1 at the Australian Box Office!! Sandra looked really shocked to win and surprised! i'm so happy!! the first Oscar of her career!! loved the speech too, she looked sexy in that dress too.
Poor Meryl, 16 nominations, but she won 2 Oscars during the 1980 or 1990's i think, such a long time ago. That's ok, because Meryl has at least another 10 more nominations to come in the forthcoming years. When will she ever win an Oscar again?? 16 nominations!! wow! 2 wins and 14 losses!! for Meryl!! oh! hope she wins again sometime during this decade!
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Mo'Nique (Precious)
Congratulations! i expected her to win, loved her performance in the film, very powerful and emotional, she is so talented. Well deserved!! Fantastic speech, no rambling, she knew what she wanted to say, and who she wanted to thank, well delivered.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Christopher Walz (Inglorious Bas)
Really wanted Matt Damon to win, but he didn't. Haven't watched "Inglorious Basterds", don't know anything about Christopher, but congratulations!! anyway.