Sunday, March 7, 2010

TALKING ABOUT TONIGHT

It's here folks! One of the three times a year I find myself watching TV (sure, sometimes someone will have the TV on in my living space and and I'll join them in spectating, but you'd be witnessing a rarity if you saw J.S. himself turning on the television and watching a "show").
I just wanted to post this blog containing my predictions and feeling about the 82nd Academy Awards. I wasn't able to watch the show live for the past two years, but I hold a high opinion of what I saw in 2008. "Change" seems to be the word parading around this year's Oscars. Two hosts, ten nominees for Best Picture and... well, I'm not really sure what else.
This year is going to be a battle between "Avatar" and "The Hurt Locker." Hear this, one of those two will win wherever they are nominated.

Allow me to quickly go through some* of the categories (*i.e. I don't really have an opinion on the Short Films, I haven't seen or heard anything about them). I will anticipate who will win and also let you know who should win. But first I find it crucial for an honest acknowledgement on my part: I returned home from a mission near September's terminus, I had 24 months of "inactivity" in the world of film, including the first 9 months of 2009. I know this is a poor excuse, with today's amazing accessibility to all released film I could've easily "caught up" with those pictures I missed. Alas, I'm behind in 2009 and actually have only seen four of the ten films nominated for Best Picture. Before you stop reading (and/or begin thinking the curator here at Film Tome let me assure you that I've researched all of the Best Picture nominees over the past months and most of the other feature-length titles. I am a film scholar and I am aware of much of the going-ons in Hollywoodland and beyond. So, read on if you will.

BEST PICTURE
Will Will: The Hurt Locker
Should Win: The Hurt Locker

Up until Friday, I was leaning towards "Avatar" taking home the little gold man for the night's highest honor, but then I learned about the procedure in which voting for this category is being handled. Members of the Academy have been asked to rank the Best Picture nominees from 1 to 10, introducing a "transferable vote" system. In essence, a film with 11% of the votes could be the winner, not to mention it takes into account how the Because of this, and because of how well "The Hurt Locker"

DIRECTING
Will Win: Kathryn Bigalow
Should Win: James Cameron

Bigalow did an outstanding job with "The Hurt Locker," and I would be very pleased when she wins. She also has the spotlight on her for potentially bein the first female to win the Directing award. Kathy, more power to ya! But in all honesty... Cameron has changed cinema forever with "Avatar." He did it ever so magnificently. As far as "achievement" goes James takes the cake.

BEST ACTOR
Will Win: Jeff Bridges
Should Win: Jeff Bridges

I've heard nothing but praise for this actor in this performance who is long overdue for receiving some love from the Academy. Bridges is great in everything I've seen him in. Let's honor him.

BEST ACTRESS:
Will Win: Meryl Streep
Should Win: Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep is Julia Child! She gave an impeccable performance and was by far the best part of the fairly good film, "Julie & Julia."

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Will Win: Christoph Waltz
Should Win: Christoph Waltz

His performance has been all the rage. People are picking it out as one of the best things about "Inglourious Basterds." As I have learned from experience: one of the best things in a Tarantino film is a truly spectacular thing.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Will Win: Mo'Nique
Should Win: Mo'Nique

I have yet to see "Precious," but the clips I've seen of Mo'Nique's performance as the horrible and abusive mother of a pregnant and deranged teenager is astounding. It isn't pleasant, but we're talking about arts.

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM:
Will Win: Up
Should Win: Up

As J.S. knows this is not Pixar's greatest, although some people claim it is. It is an exceptional film though!

Okay folks, there are some of my predictions. I gotta roll... enjoy the show!