I haven’t quite decided how I’m going to do my annual fashion re-cap this year. I might try live-blogging… or I might just sit in front of the TV with my computer so that I’m not transcribing my notes tomorrow at work (shhh….). At any rate, there will be some sort of fashion coverage, but Iwanted to include my picks for the actual awards.
Full disclosure: I haven’t seen many of this year’s nominated movies, so some of my picks are either by default or are based on a “body of work” rationale. I realize this isn’t exactly “legal,” but I’m not exactly a member of the Academy, am I??
I have to go with Slumdog Millionaire. It’s the only film in this category that I’ve seen and yes, it’s that good. I really wanted to try to see Milk and Benjamin Button before the awards, but I haven’t had a chance. I’d be okay if either of those won. I’m not, however, rooting for The Reader, mostly because I despise Harvey Weinstein.
Mickey Rourke all the way. I saw The Wrestler and he was phenomenal in it. Yeah, one could argue that it’s not such a stretch for him to play a washed-up guy making a comeback, but he gave the performance of his life. I’d be okay if Sean Penn won. He’s a great actor and I hear that he gives a good performance in Milk.
Best Supporting Actor
I’ll be surprised if anyone other than Heath Ledger wins this. I still haven’t seen The Dark Knight. (Letters can be addressed to Carich Blogs c/o Under a Rock, IL), but he deserves the win. Since I haven’t seen any of the nominated films in this category, I’ll pick Phillip Seymour Hoffman as the runner up. Just ‘cuz he’s always awesome.
Kate Winslet, The Reader. There was a bunch of hub-ub about Kate getting the nod for this role and not for Revolutionary Road. And I’ve already said that I despise Harvey Weinstein. But Kate Winslet is one of my favorite actresses and she deserves the win. I want her to play me in the story of my life (take that, Toni Collette!!). If Kate doesn’t win it, I’d like to see Anne Hathaway come home with a trophy. She’s had a bad year and I don’t want Angelina Jolie to win, Meryl Streep is too obvious and I’ve never heard of Melissa Leo.
Best Supporting Actress
This one’s a toss-up: I liked Marissa Tomei’s performance in The Wrestler but I’m not really sure it’s Oscar-worthy. I didn’t see V icky Christina Barcelona, but I want to. And I like Penelope Cruz’s accent. So, either one of them would be fine. Or Amy Adams. I like her too…
Again, this is pretty subjective ‘cuz I’ve only seen one of the movies, but I think I’d like to see David Fincher win for Benjamin Button. It’s hard to take a short story and make it into a believable 3+ hour movie. Plus, I don’t see this film winning in any other categories, so let’s throw him a bone. Runners up: Danny Boyle for Slumdog, ‘cuz everyone likes a good underdog story or Ron Howard for Frost/Nixon, ‘cuz Opie Taylor is still pretty cute, even if he’s now a big-time director.
The Rest of the Categories
I’d like to see Wall*E win for original screenplay, but it will probably go to Milk. I hope Benjamin Button wins for adapted screenplay and one of the songs from Slumdog wins for best song (they have 2 of the 3 noms, so it’s likely). Other than that, I have no clue. But I’ll be watching!