I’ve made my predictions for the Oscars. I figure The Hurt Locker and Avatar are going to split the non-acting awards between them.
I’m going to lay my cards on the table and say that it’ll be a good night for The Hurt Locker – possibly the best film of last year…
Cinematography – “The Hurt Locker” Barry Ackroyd
Directing – “The Hurt Locker” Kathryn Bigelow
Sound Editing/Mixing – “The Hurt Locker” Paul N.J. Ottosson
Best Picture… If it isn’t The Hurt Locker then it’ll be Avatar… Interestingly, The Hurt Locker would be the lowest grossing Best Picture winner ever and if Kathryn Bigelow wins Best Director, she’ll be the first woman to win ever (shocking fact considering the rest of the world has so many great female directors).
Best Actress should go to Carey Mulligan in “An Education”.
I would really like to see Carey Mulligan walk away with an Oscar. She was turned down by several drama schools and yet she charmed and convinced me in An Education (plus she was fantastic as Sally Sparrow in Doctor Who). We’ll probably see Sandra Bullock walk away with the Oscar, Meryl Street and Helen Mirren have already won and Carey is new to the A-Star world so she has some time left.
Best Actor will go to Jeff Bridges (although I would like to see Colin Firth win)
Best Adapted Screenplay should go to either
“An Education” Screenplay by Nick Hornby
“In the Loop” Screenplay by Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Christoph Waltz in “Inglourious Basterds”
(Where was Christian McKay for Me and Orson Welles?)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Mo’Nique in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
A Prophet should win Foreign Language Film!
As visually impressive as Avatar was, my personal favourite was The Hurt Locker. Both had me leaving the cinema, heart fluttering, stomach churning with recognition that I had seen something great but I felt that I had learnt something about the current Middle Eastern conflicts from The Hurt Locker.
The movie gives the audience a visceral experience of war, highlighted by the documentary style. The most tense moments not necessarily being the defusing of bombs. I’d like to see it get Best Picture and do as well as it did in the BAFTA’s but Avatar has a very high chance of getting it.