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Oscar Picks

Posted by samgr on February 19, 2009

With two caveats:
    One- Only movies I’ve seen.
    Two- I’ll stick to English-language movies except for the foreign-language category.

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
From the nominees:  SEAN PENN in MILK
If I could choose:  SEAN PENN in MILK

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
From the nominees:  HEATH LEDGER in THE DARK KNIGHT
If I could choose:  HEATH LEDGER in THE DARK KNIGHT
(Pretty close between Heath and Eddie Marsan in Happy-Go-Lucky)

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
From the nominees:  MELISSA LEO in FROZEN RIVER
If I could choose:  SALLY HAWKINS in HAPPY-GO-LUCKY

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
From the nominees:  TARAJI P. HENSON in BENJAMIN BUTTON
(She’s not all that great, but it’s the only one of the five I’ve seen!)
If I could choose:  ROSEMARIE DEWITT in RACHEL GETTING MARRIED

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
From the nominees: WALL-E
If I could choose: WALL-E

DIRECTING
From the nominees:  GUS VAN SANT for MILK
If I could choose:  MIKE LEIGH for HAPPY-GO-LUCKY
(I’m a broken record)

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
From the nominees:  ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD
If I could choose:  ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
From the nominees:  WALTZ WITH BASHIR
(Only one I’ve seen, weirdly, most of my favorite movies this year were foreign.)
If I could choose:  FLIGHT OF THE RED BALLOON

MUSIC (SCORE)
From the nominees:  WALL-E
(When I think about it, I liked Wall-E’s score more than Slumdog’s.)
If I could choose:  WALL-E

MUSIC (SONG)
From the nominees:  O SAYA from SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE
If I could choose:  O SAYA from SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

BEST PICTURE
From the nominees:  MILK
If I could choose:  HAPPY-GO-LUCKY

VISUAL EFFECTS
From the nominees:  IRON MAN
If I could choose:  HELLBOY 2
(Actually, the most impressive FX in and of themselves were probably from Benjamin Button, but I thought those of both Iron Man and Hellboy 2 are better used to tell a story.  Hellboy 2 gets street cred for being weird and innovative and having a tiny fraction of the budget of these other movies.)

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)
From the nominees:  SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE
If I could choose:  SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

WRITING  (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY):
From the nominees:  HAPPY-GO-LUCKY
(Some love from the academy for Happy-Go-Lucky!)
If I could choose:  HAPPY-GO-LUCKY

I still haven’t seen Wendy and Lucy or the Wrestler, both of which I might like a lot. I’ll update this post if they lead me to change my mind about anything.

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