My 2008 Oscar predictions

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 tn2_academy_awards_statue2.jpgtn2_academy_awards_statue2.jpgsharing 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!

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4 Responses

  1. Hi Lindsey! I’m not as good at Oscar predictions as you, because I haven’t seen most of the contenders. But I did see Juno and agree with its odds on winning best original screenplay. I’d love to see young Ellen Page win Best Actress, but I know the odds are zilch. Enjoy your party!! Hope you have Oscar cupcakes!

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