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Oscars 2010

The ballots are in and the film industry is set to announce it’s most prestigious honors at the Academy Awards on Sunday, so I figured I’d kick-start this blog by laying out my Oscar Prediction list.  I’ve got some intense feelings about this year’s Oscar race, which by pitting the little $12 million ‘The Hurt Locker’ against $2.5 billion behemoth ‘Avatar’ has made itself into one of the most intriguing and important races in years.  But I’ll save those feelings for another post.

For now, here are my predictions for each category, along with what I personally think should win among the given nominees (not including my favorites that weren’t nominated).

BEST PICTURE

Prediction: ‘The Hurt Locker’

Personal Choice:  ”Avatar’

(A LOT more on this contest later)

BEST DIRECTOR

Prediction: Katheryn Bigelow, ‘The Hurt Locker’

Personal Choice: TOSS-UP  James Cameron/Bigelow

BEST ACTOR

Prediction: Jeff Bridges, ‘Crazy Heart’

Personal Choice: Jeff Bridges

BEST ACTRESS

Prediction: Sandra Bullock, ‘The Blind Side’

Personal Choice: Gabby Sidibe, ‘Precious’

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Prediction: Christoph Waltz, ‘Inglorious Basterds’

Personal Choice: Christoph Waltz

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Prediction: Mo’nique, ”Precious’

Personal Choice: Mo’nique

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Prediction: ‘The Hurt Locker’

Personal Choice: ‘The Hurt Locker’

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Prediction: ‘Up in the Air’

Personal Choice: ‘Up in the Air’

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Prediction: ‘The Hurt Locker’

Personal Choice: ‘The White Ribbon’

BEST ART DIRECTION

Prediction: ‘Avatar’

Personal Choice: ‘Avatar’

BEST SOUND MIXING

Prediction: ‘The Hurt Locker’

Personal Choice: ‘Avatar’

BEST SOUND EDITING

Prediction: ‘Avatar’

Personal Choice: ‘Avatar’

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Prediction: ‘Avatar’

Personal Choice: ‘Avatar’

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Prediction: ‘The Young Victoria’

Personal Choice: ‘Star Trek’

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Prediction: ‘Up’

Personal Choice: ‘Up’

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Prediction: ‘A Prophet’ (France)

Personal Choice: ‘The White Ribbon’ (Germany)

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Prediction: ‘The Cove’

Personal Choice: ‘The Cove’

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Prediction: ‘Up’

Personal Choice: ‘Coraline’

The remaining categories (Song, Live Action Short, Animated Short, Documentary Short), I don’t know enough about to comment on.

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