So, this is totally unrelated to career advice for young professionals (unless you are an aspiring Oscar winner). Those who know me well know that I’m obsessed with the Oscars.
This year, for the first time, I am publicly sharing my predictions. I’m involved in two Oscar contests — and tremendously competitive about them. People hate to watch the Oscars with me because I don’t allow talking. Thank goodness for my amazing friend Danielle, who is equally obsessed and is hosting me this year.
Note: these are not necessarily the nominees I want to win, but the nominees I predict will win. Feel free to question my reasoning on any prediction and I’ll respond with an explanation in the Comments.
Best Picture: No Country for Old Men
Best Actress: Julie Christie
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis
Best Supporting Actress: Cate Blanchett
Best Supporting Actor: Javier Bardem
Best Original Screenplay: Juno
Best Adapted Screenplay: No Country for Old Men
Best Animated Feature: Ratatouille
Achievement in Directing: Joel & Ethan Coen, No Country for Old Men
Achievement in Art Direction: There Will Be Blood
Achievement in Cinematography: There Will Be Blood
Achievement in Costume Design: Atonement
Achievement in Makeup: La Vie en Rose
Best Documentary Feature: No End in Sight
Best Foreign Language Film: The Counterfeiters
Achievement in Film Editing: The Bourne Ultimatum
Achievement in Sound Editing: Transformers
Achievement in Sound Mixing: Transformers
Achievement in Visual Effects: Transformers
Best Original Score: Atonement
Best Original Song: “Falling Slowly,” Once
Best Documentary Short Subject: Sari’s Mother
Best Animated Short: Peter and the Wolf
Best Live Action Short: The Mozart of Pickpockets
And, by the way, I firmly disagree with David Carr of the The New York Times, who commented, “If you really are forced to choose these obscurities [live, documentary and animated shorts] in your office pool, you should probably switch jobs.” I believe that guessing these categories correctly separates the true Oscar obsessives from mere fans.
What are your picks for the big night? Please share!