Monday, February 25, 2008

Oscar Recap - How my Picks Did

Of course I had my favorites for Oscar winners--let's see how I did:

Best Picture - I was rooting for No Country for Old Men and it WON!!! Thank God the voters didn't do something stupid and award the prize to freaking Juno!

Best Director - I wanted to see the Coen Brothers win and they did! Hurrah!

Best Actor - I thought Johnny Depp deserved to win for his amazing work in Sweeney Todd but the Oscar voters picked Daniel Day Lewis for the overwrought There Will Be Blood. And he didn't even have to sing!

Best Actress - I wasn't too invested in this one. My pick was the consistently excellent Laura Linney for her role in The Savages, but the award went to Marion Cotillard for her performance of Edith Piaf in La Vie En Rose.

Best Supporting Actor - I really wanted to see this go to Tom Wilkinson, but instead Javier Bardem got the trophy. I felt his turn in No Country for Old Men was perhaps one of the creepiest villains EVER (even more so than Hopkin's Hannibal Lector), but 50% of that was the godawful HAIR. The only thing more disappointing to me than Wilkinson's loss, was the fact that Jeff Daniels wasn't even nominated for his incredible performance in The Lookout.

Best Supporting Actress - My money was on Saoirse Ronan from Atonement but the statue went to Tilda Swinton in Michael Clayton. I have no problem with that.

Best Adapted Screenplay - I picked the Coen Brothers for No Country for Old Men and that's who won! Whoohoo!

Best Original Screenplay - My choice was Tony Gilroy for Michael Clayton but the stupid Oscar voters awarded the prize to the highly hyped Diablo Cody and her overrated screenplay Juno. Blech!

Best Art Direction - I loved the whole look of Sweeney Todd and, lo and behold--Oscar voters agreed with me! Yay!

Best Cinematography - Roger Deakins who was nominated TWICE in this category for his fabulous work on both No Country for Old Men and The Assassination of Jesse James by the coward Robert Ford was ROBBED in my opinion. He should have won his beautifully original work in Assassination but instead the Oscar went to Robert Elswitt for the overrated There Will Be Blood. Grrrrr!

Best Costumes - This one was meant for Elizabeth: The Golden Age and thank heavens Alexandra Byrne won for her incredibly luscious costumes.

Best Documentary - My pick was Michael Moore and Sicko--but then again that's the only nominee I'd seen. Taxi to the Dark Side won the Oscar.

Best Editing - My pick, The Bourne Ultimatum, WON!

Best Makeup - My choice of the nominated films (for some reason, Sweeney Todd was excluded) was Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End, but the Oscar went to Ve Neill and Martin Samuel for their work on La Vie En Rose.

Best Score - I was rooting for Dario Marianelli's sweeping score for Atonement and he was the winner!

Best Original Song - With three noms for Enchanted, you would have thought Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz would have been a sure thing. My pick was their Happy Working Song, but the Oscar went to Falling Slowly from the movie Once. Bummer...

Sound Editing/Sound Mixing - Again I was rooting for the fabulous action movie The Bourne Ultimatum and again the Oscar voters agreed and awarded the statue to Karen Baker Landers and Per Hallberg for Sound Editing and Scott Millan, David Parker and Kirk Francis for Sound Mixing.

I believe that means The Bourne Ultimatum won every Oscar it was nominated for?

Visual Effects - I picked Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End but the award went to Michael Fink, Bill Westenhofer, Ben Morris and Trevor Wood for the largely ignored Golden Compass.

So 9 of my 19 picks were winners. I'm only really upset about four of my picks (Best Actor, Supporting Actor, Original Screenplay and Cinematography) losing. Oh well--there's always next year!


  1. Did you see "Once?" IT was sooooo good. I really loved it and was excited for them to win for Best Song! I liked Enchanted too but I that song totally resonated.

  2. I have not seen Once. My sister has recommended it as well--so it needs to be added to the Netflix queue.

    I wasn't really upset that it won Best Song, but it was surprising since Enchanted had 3 out of 5 noms in that category. Someone did postulate that they probably ended up splitting the vote that way. Sort of like Ralph Nader and the Democrats...