Alex's Saturday Morning Oscar Considerations
by Alex Billington
February 24, 2007
So you ask, what is it that I'll say about Oscars? Not too much really. There's no Return of the King this year, and although The Departed was great, I'm not rooting for it all out. If anything, I'm supporting Pan's Labyrinth the most, followed by Children of Men. I want them both to win some awards at least, and Guillermo del Toro certainly deserves it. I've got just a few of my own Oscar choices of what I want to win, and my not-100%-accurate estimations on what will probably win from the very latest buzz going around. Read on!
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What I Want: Babel - I'm a bigger fan of this than I am of the others, but they're all worthy and it's a very tough call. (my review)
Will Probably Win: The Departed - Marty's going to get Director, why not top it off with Picture, too. It'll happen.
What I Want: Martin Scorsese The Departed - Read thoughts below!
Will Probably Win: Martin Scorsese The Departed - I was hooked in when I heard about the X's in the movie, and I don't think the Academy is stupid enough to miss Marty again.
What I Want: Peter O'Toole Venus - I love him, he deserves it, even if he wasn't exactly the best performance, I just want him to get one!
Will Probably Win: Forest Whitaker The Last King of Scotland - He's got the Golden Globe, now he's going to get an Oscar.
What I Want: Helen Mirren The Queen - Read thoughts below!
Will Probably Win: Helen Mirren The Queen - She's had this one secured since last October when then film first opened, and even I agree with them. (my review)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
What I Want: Eddie Murphy Dreamgirls - I typically dislike Eddie Murphy (look at Norbit), but in Dreamgirls I loved him. Anyone that can do that to me, deserves it. (my review)
Will Probably Win: Jackie Earle Haley Little Children - This one is tough, but I think Murphy lost it because of Norbit and now Haley is going to be the "sleeper" winner. (my review)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
What I Want: Jennifer Hudson Dreamgirls - Read thoughts below!
Will Probably Win: Jennifer Hudson Dreamgirls - Another gimme! She's pretty much won every "supporting" award she can, and now she'll take home the Oscar, too. (my review)
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
What I Want: Pan's Labyrinth - Such an incredibly vivid fairy tale world all from the imaginings of one man's mind - plus some incredible dialogue even in Spanish. (my review)
Will Probably Win: Little Miss Sunshine - If they're going to give this cute indie movie some love, this is where it'll be… I think.
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
What I Want: Borat - I just want Borat to somehow make an impact on the Oscars - so let's have it win! (my review)
Will Probably Win: The Departed - This movie is going to sweep as many awards as it can, on top of Director and Picture. It's another tough call, but I think there odds are in its favor.
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
What I Want: Cars - Out of all of them this year, Pixar still leads the way.
Will Probably Win: Monster House - As much as the Academy loves Pixar, I think this was such a unique animated film that it may just win.
BEST ART DIRECTION
What I Want: Pan's Labyrinth - Read thoughts below!
Will Probably Win: Pan's Labyrinth - God damn did this film look amazing in every last scene. I think the Academy saw that, too. (my review)
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
What I Want: Pan's Labyrinth - Read thoughts below!
Will Probably Win: Pan's Labyrinth - This is practically a given. If it doesn't win here, the world will completely collapse on itself. (my review)
What I Want: Children of Men - Read thoughts below!
Will Probably Win: Children of Men - This needs to be winning Oscars for the next few years. At least it got nominated and I'm sure it will win. (my review)
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
What I Want: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest - Read thoughts below!
Will Probably Win: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest - As much as I love the other nominees, Davey Jones was unbelievable and will certainly win them plenty of booty.
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
What I Want: Dreamgirls - Just because they wear pretty clothes as part of the movie in the other nominees doesn't mean it should win… (my review)
Will Probably Win: Curse of the Golden Flower - Apparently it's another given, but I never even saw it. It's just another bland Chinese epic martial arts film.
What I Want: ?? - I haven't seen enough to make a good call, and I honestly didn't like the structure of An Inconvenient Truth (although the message was key).
Will Probably Win: An Inconvenient Truth - The Academy loves Al Gore as much as you love pizza!
BEST FILM EDITING
What I Want: Children of Men - This goes hand-in-hand with the Cinematography award, and there is no better choice, but let's hope the Academy thinks the same. (my review)
Will Probably Win: Babel - Still a phenomenal film, I think this is going to be the one recognized. (my review)
BEST SOUND MIXING
What I Want: Flags of Our Fathers - Read thoughts below!
Will Probably Win: Flags of Our Fathers - The one award this deserves, the sound mixing was as fantastic as Saving Private Ryan, which won this award back then, too (I think). (my review)
BEST SOUND EDITING
What I Want: Letters from Iwo Jima - Read thoughts below!
Will Probably Win: Letters from Iwo Jima - You know, I can never remember the "sound editing" well enough afterwards to really choose a winner. But I think the Academy may honor Clint's work in some way. (my review)
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
What I Want: Babel - Read thoughts below!
Will Probably Win: Babel - I love this soundtrack - it better win! I actually think Babel will be recognized quite a bit, at least with its score if not plenty more. (my review)
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
What I Want: "Our Town" Cars - I love Randy Newman, and I truly loved this song (even though I also did like Dreamgirls).
Will Probably Win: "Listen" Dreamgirls - It's bound to happen. Dreamgirls has 3 of the nominations in this category, they've got to win one or it will be one hell of an upset. (my review)
See you tomorrow after the Oscars!