Saturday, January 31, 2009

Contest! Prizes!

I realize it's en vogue to hate the Oscars these days. But even after a good year like 2007 (No Country For Old Men), it's hard to forgive the last fifteen years of celebrated mediocrity.

I like good movies, and I like trashy movies. There are few pictures I don't like. But AMPAS (pronounced amp-ass) seems to prefer formula over feeling. Year after year, Oscar nominated films neither challenge nor titillate. The medium is meant to entertain, right?

My uniquely unoriginal challenge is a classic contemporary CONTEST:

Predict most accurately 2009's Academy Award winners and I will supply a MODEST PRIZE!

You Must:
  1. post your answer in the comments section of this blog post
  2. post your prediction for every nominated category
  3. in the interest of protecting your privacy, email me at, explaining which post is yours. you will need to do this to claim your prize!
This is like a horse race. Do not vote for who you think should win or who deserves to win. Vote for who you think will win!

Here is the link to the nominations... This is the outline form but you can get more interactive here.

Copy and paste your answers using this template:

Actor... Leading:

Actor... Supporting:

Actress... Leading:

Actress... Supporting:

Animated Film of the Year:

Art Direction:


Costume Design:


Documentary Feature:

Documentary Short Subject:


Foreign Language Film:


Music (Original Score):

Music (Original Song):

Best Picture:

Best Animated Short:

Best Live Action Short Film:

Sound Editing:

Sound Mixing:

Visual Effects:

Adapted Screenplay:

Original Screenplay:

Whoever most accurately predicts the winners will get a dope-ass prize, TBD.

And yes, there will be a runner-up.


Guillermo said...

I realize this is ambitious and labor intensive. But there is no better way to do it. Good Luck

Christina said...

i will do this. i havent seen a single movie that came out this year but i have a feeling i will be pretty spot on regardless.

Guillermo said...

Exactly, you don't have to see them or care about them, just guess based on levels of hyperbole. tell people I really am thinking up a prize. Or not cuz then you'll win by default.

Christina said...

arg you saw through my cunning.

Anonymous said...

Actor... Leading: Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler)

Actor... Supporting: Philip Seymour Hoffman (Doubt)

Actress... Leading: Kate Winslet (The Reader)

Actress... Supporting: Penélope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona)

Animated Film of the Year: Wall-E

Art Direction: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Cinematography: Slumdog Millionaire

Costume Design: The Duchess

Directing: Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire)

Documentary Feature: Man On Wire

Documentary Short Subject: Smile Pinki

Editing: The Dark Knight

Foreign Language Film: Waltz With Bashir

Makeup: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Music (Original Score): Wall-E

Music (Original Song): “Jai Ho” (Slumdog Millionaire)

Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire

Best Animated Short: This Way Up

Best Live Action Short Film: New Boy

Sound Editing: The Dark Knight

Sound Mixing: Wanted

Visual Effects: The Dark Knight

Adapted Screenplay: Slumdog Millionaire

Original Screenplay: Milk

rasket said...

Actor... Leading: Mickey Rourke in "The Wrestler"

Actor... Supporting: Heath Ledger in "The Dark Knight"

Actress... Leading: Kate Winslet in "The Reader"

Actress... Supporting: Penélope Cruz in "Vicky Cristina Barcelona"

Animated Film of the Year: "WALL-E"

Art Direction: "The Dark Knight"

Cinematography: "The Dark Knight"

Costume Design: "Australia"

Directing: Ron Howard "Frost/Nixon"

Documentary Feature: "Man on Wire"

Documentary Short Subject: "The Final Inch"

Editing: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"

Foreign Language Film: "Waltz with Bashir"

Makeup: "The Dark Knight"

Music (Original Score): "Milk"

Music (Original Song): "O Saya" from "Slumdog Millionaire"

Best Picture: "Slumdog Millionaire"

Best Animated Short: "Presto" (Walt Disney)

Best Live Action Short Film: "The Pig"

Sound Editing: "Iron Man"

Sound Mixing: "WALL-E"

Visual Effects: "The Dark Knight"

Adapted Screenplay: "Doubt"

Original Screenplay: "WALL-E"