01-30-2008, 02:37 AM
(Don’t you love the whole “Oscar’s Oscar” thing :))
Anyways, I will only discuss who I think will win in the main categories with a couple of other ones here and there saving Best Actress, Actor, and Film for the end of course I will write who I think the Academy will end up choosing based on my most professional (:P) opinion, and then who I would choose and why.
Oscar’s choice for Best Achievement in Directing:
Academy will choose: Joel and Ethan Coen for No Country for Old Men
I pick: Joel and Ethan Coen for No Country for Old Men. The Coen Brothers have been passed by the Academy for several years and now with their new movie, arguably their best movie since Fargo, I believe that it will finally be their year. The Coen Brothers deserve this award but although I highly support them I must admit that this category is a close race this year and it could go anyways, although the other main competitor is Paul Thomas Anderson for There Will Be Blood.
Best Screenplay written for Screen.
Academy Will Choose: Three way tie, Lars and the Real Girl, Ratatouille, or Juno.
I pick: Juno. Diablo Cody’s fresh, and sometimes painfully filled, pop culture script dazzled America making it one very successful indie and one of the biggest nicest surprises of the year. Many argue that Cody’s use of impossible slang and nonexistent comparisons lower the value of the script but I, like many others, find it to be enthralling and it completely immersed me into the movie making it my favorite of 2007.
Best Animated Movie
Academy Will Choose: Ratatouille
I Pick: Ratatouille, there is not even a doubt in my head. I’m sorry, no need for explanation here, call me lazy but Ratatouille will win, We should just end up giving Pixar an Oscar every time they make a movie by now. Especially if that Pixar movie has Brad Bird’s name attached to it.
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Academy Will Choose: Casey Affleck for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.
I pick: Javier Bardem for No Country for Old Men. Bardem delivered one of the creepiest most vile and complex characters I have ever seen on screen. His performance left me mortified but intrigued the whole time that I watched this amazing movie. Although I think that Affleck will win the Oscar, Bardem will certainly give him a huge run for his money…or naked gold statue man.
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Academy Will Choose: Amy Ryan for Gone Baby Gone.
I Choose: Amy Ryan for Gone Baby Gone. Amy Ryan also delivered a masterful performance as the junkie mother of a kidnapped four year old girl in the best movie that nobody watched this year; Gone Baby Gone. Her performance as a mother that seems heartless and doesn’t care unless she’s surrounded by cameras sinks your heart but in the end makes you wonder constantly in your head. Amy Ryan gets my vote no questions asked.
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Academy Will Choose: Daniel Day Lewis for There Will Be Blood.
I Choose: Johnny Depp for Sweeney Todd. A truly chilling performance, possibly the best of Depp’s career, that makes a murderous barber totally believable and incredulously (if you knew nothing about the movie going in) makes us sympathize with him. Regrettably Daniel Day Lewis does give what is probably the best performance of the century in his film but I strongly believe that this may be Depp’s year.
Best Motion Picture of the Year
Academy Will Choose: No Country for Old Men
I Choose: Juno. What can I say, although this will more than likely be the Little Miss Sunshine of 2007 I highly believe that Juno’s wit and charm can win out with the Academy in the end. The direction, music, writing, and especially the acting are all superb in this film and absolutely blew me away when I first watched it. I went in with high expectations which usually met that they wouldn’t be met and came out in awe. Juno deserves this award, that is all there is to say.
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Academy will choose: Julie Christie for Away From Her
I Choose: Ellen Page for Juno. Ellen Page took a one dimensional character that shoots out unbelievable, and possibly idiotic if spoken by anyone else, phrases and makes it completely real. She makes us care for Juno, cry for Juno, laugh for Juno, and any actress that can roll all that up while giving us a never ending smile and making us feel as if Juno were anyone of our friends deserves and Academy Award.
01-30-2008, 03:07 AM
I agree with pretty much all of your predictions, except I think they will choose Javier Bardem for No Country For Old Men. I haven't seen it yet (but I fully intend to), but from what I hear he's incredible, and he's already won about every other award in the universe for it. If they don't give it to him it'll be a real shame.
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