All right, guys. One way or another, the Oscar season will come to close Sunday night (and this blog will finally turn its attention back towards film in general rather than awards season babble). So it’s time for me to go on the record with my last round of predictions for the year.
Many of my readers will already be aware that every year I like to run a little Oscar pool, distributing ballots amongst friends and family. Normally, we just compete for bragging rights, but this year, I think circumstances require something extra. Obviously, I can’t just pass out ballots in the usual fashion, which is actually fine, since, with this being my first Oscars on the new blog and all, I’ve got the opportunity here to get way more people in on the pool, no matter where they are. And just to make sure that I do get some extra attention, I’m adding some incentive.
So here’s the rules: cast a ballot by commenting on this post, listing who you think will win each of the Academy’s 24 competitive categories (check out the “Nominations” page for the full list of categories and nominees). Include your name when you post, so I have you on the record (apologies to any random folk reading this blog, but I’m limiting the contest to friends for this trial run). Note that I use a WEIGHTED ballot – getting the most categories right might not get you the win; I’ll include the point distribution with my predictions. At the end of Oscar night, if one of you scores higher on your ballot than I do – congratulations, you’ve outguessed Ethan, and won a DVD of your choice (available for $15 or less on Amazon). If more than one person beats me, the person with the highest score wins. I’ll include a tie-breaker question at the end of my predictions, just in case two of you should both beat me and have the exact same score; include your answer to the tie-breaker along with your ballot.
So I guess you’ve got to ask yourself one question, dear reader: “do I feel lucky?”
Short Film-Live Action (1 point): God of Love
Short Film-Animated (1): Madagascar, A Day Journey
Documentary-Short Subject (1): Poster Girl
Sound Editing (1): Inception
Sound Mixing (1): Inception
Film Editing (2): The Social Network
Makeup (2): The Wolfman
Costume Design (2): The King’s Speech
Art Direction (2): The King’s Speech
Cinematography (2): True Grit
Visual Effects (2): Inception
Original Song (2): “We Belong Together,” Randy Newman, “Toy Story 3”
Animated Feature (3): Toy Story 3
Documentary Feature (3): Inside Job
Foreign Language Film (3): In a Better Place (Denmark)
Original Score (3): Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, “The Social Network”
Original Screenplay (3): David Seidler, “The King’s Speech”
Adapted Screenplay (3): Aaron Sorkin, “The Social Network”
Supporting Actor (3): Christian Bale, “The Fighter”
Supporting Actress (3): Hailee Steinfeld, “True Grit”
Actor (4): Colin Firth, “The King’s Speech”
Actress (4): Natalie Portman, “Black Swan”
Director (4): Tom Hooper, “The King’s Speech”
Picture (5): The King’s Speech
Tie-breaking question: Only one film in history racked up 12 total Oscar nominations, won the Director’s Guild prize, and still lost Best Picture. What was that film?