Yes, it’s tonight! Finally! I feel like I’ve been talking about it for weeks but now it’s the time to see whether all my spectulation will add up to anything. I’ve compiled a list of predictions for the most important categories, just so you know what I’ve got my imaginary money on:
Best Adapted Screenplay – Up In The Air
The thing keeping Up In The Air afloat is the incredibly clever, witty and moving script. Jason Reitman has done an excellent job putting the script together and if it doesn’t win then it’ll be a huge surprise.
Best Original Screenplay – ?
This one is the only category that has me well and truly stumped. It could go to either The Hurt Locker or Inglourious Basterds, but perhaps the Coen Brothers might pull it out of the bag again and win for A Serious Man. Worth a shot on any of them – perhaps you’ll strike lucky!
Best Supporting Actress – Mo’Nique (Precious)
It’s a shoe-in for comedian-turned-actress Mo’Nique – you’d have to be pretty brave not to put money on her to win this category. However, a wildcard could be Anna Kendrick for Up In The Air – while most of her brilliant role could be down to the script she was given, Kendrick does a very good job of pulling the fragile role together.
Best Supporting Actor – Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds)
Like in the supporting actress category, Waltz looks like the unbeatable front-runner for the prize. He steals the show from anyone else in Tarantino’s slightly uneven film revolving around the Nazis. Unlike in the actress category though, I wouldn’t bother having a punt on anything else!
Best Actress – Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side)
Now, this may seem like an odd choice but bear with me: if you look at who has won the category over recent years you’ll notice that the award has been given to the biggest and most famous name avaiable. You could say, “oh, that means Helen Mirren or Meryl Streep could win” but the thing about Bullock’s performance is that it’s perhaps the only thing lifting The Blind Side out of being just a run-of-the-mill sob story to something a little more interesting. Gabourey Sidibe and Carey Mulligan are also in with a chance, but not as great as Bullock.
Best Actor – Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart)
It’s agreed that Bridges is great in the film, and that they might just give it to him for the services to the film industry on top of this. Bearing this in mind, he looks like the front-runner. Don’t count out Colin Firth in A Single Man though – he had some love at the BAFTAs and could be lucky enough to pick up that little golden man!
Best Director/ Best Picture – Avatar (James Cameron)
There’s a specific reason why I’ve placed these categories together – usually when a film wins the Best Picture category, they win the Best Director category too (how can you have the best film of the year and film it in a rubbish way?) It pains me to say it but I feel that Avatar will win this year, just like Titanic in 1997 – The Hurt Locker and Kathryn Bigelow deserve to win, but the Oscars are developing a habit for picking Blockbusters as their best films (with no offence to Slumdog last year, it wasn’t good enough to win). Don’t rule out dark horses Up In The Air and Inglourious Basterds though, and Precious may build up enough momentum to cause an upset!