2009 Academy Awards – Final Predictions

Alright you guys, I’m sorry I haven’t updated in awhile, life’s gotten a bit stressful. That being said THE OSCARS are tomorrow. This has been one of the most stressful awards seasons since I started following the Oscars all those years ago. These are my final predictions and, as always, I’ll be live-blogging the show on my tumblr. So here goes nothing.

Best Motion Picture of the Year

  • Avatar 
  • The Blind Side 
  • District 9
  • An Education 
  • The Hurt Locker 
  • Inglourious Basterds 
  • Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire 
  • A Serious Man
  • Up 
  • Up in the Air 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

  • Jeff Bridges for Crazy Heart 
  • George Clooney for Up in the Air
  • Colin Firth for A Single Man
  • Morgan Freeman for Invictus 
  • Jeremy Renner for The Hurt Locker

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

  • Sandra Bullock for The Blind Side 
  • Helen Mirren for The Last Station 
  • Carey Mulligan for An Education
  • Gabourey Sidibe for Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
  • Meryl Streep for Julie & Julia

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Matt Damon for Invictus
  • Woody Harrelson for The Messenger 
  • Christopher Plummer for The Last Station
  • Stanley Tucci for The Lovely Bones
  • Christoph Waltz for Inglourious Basterds 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Penélope Cruz for Nine
  • Vera Farmiga for Up in the Air 
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal for Crazy Heart
  • Anna Kendrick for Up in the Air
  • Mo’Nique for Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire 

Best Achievement in Directing

  • Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker 
  • James Cameron for Avatar 
  • Lee Daniels for Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
  • Jason Reitman for Up in the Air 
  • Quentin Tarantino for Inglourious Basterds 

Best Original Screenplay

  • The Hurt Locker – Mark Boal 
  • Inglourious Basterds – Quentin Tarantino 
  • The Messenger – Alessandro Camon, Oren Moverman 
  • A Serious Man – Joel Coen, Ethan Coen 
  • Up – Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, Thomas McCarthy 

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • District 9 – Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell 
  • An Education – Nick Hornby 
  • In the Loop – Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche 
  • Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire – Geoffrey Fletcher 
  • Up in the Air – Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner 

Best Cinematography

  • Avatar – Mauro Fiore 
  • The White Ribbon – Christian Berger 
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – Bruno Delbonnel 
  • The Hurt Locker – Barry Ackroyd 
  • Inglourious Basterds – Robert Richardson 

Best Editing

  • Avatar 
  • District 9 
  • The Hurt Locker 
  • Inglourious Basterds 
  • Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire 

Best Art Direction

  • Avatar 
  • The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus 
  • Nine 
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • The Young Victoria 

Best Costume Design

  • Bright Star 
  • Coco avant Chanel 
  • The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
  • Nine 
  • The Young Victoria

Best Makeup

  • Il divo
  • Star Trek 
  • The Young Victoria 

Best Original Score

  • Avatar – James Horner 
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox – Alexandre Desplat 
  • The Hurt Locker – Marco Beltrami, Buck Sanders 
  • Sherlock Holmes – Hans Zimmer 
  • Up – Michael Giacchino 

Best Original Song

  • Crazy Heart – “The Weary Kind” – T-Bone Burnett, Ryan Bingham
  • Faubourg 36 – “Loin de Paname” – Reinhardt Wagner, Frank Thomas
  • Nine – “Take It All” – Maury Yeston
  • The Princess and the Frog – “Almost There” – Randy Newman
  • The Princess and the Frog – “Down in New Orleans” – Randy Newman

Best Sound Mixing

  • Avatar 
  • The Hurt Locker 
  • Inglourious Basterds
  • Star Trek 
  • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 

Best Sound Editing

  • Avatar 
  • The Hurt Locker 
  • Inglourious Basterds
  • Star Trek 
  • Up 

Best Visual Effects

  • Avatar
  • District 9
  • Star Trek

Best Animated Feature

  • Coraline 
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox 
  • The Princess and the Frog 
  • The Secret of Kells 
  • Up 

Best Foreign Language Film  

  • Ajami – Israel
  • The White Ribbon – Germany
  • El secreto de sus ojos – Argentina
  • Un prophète – France
  • La teta asustada – Peru

Best Documentary Feature

  • Burma VJ: Reporter i et lukket land 
  • The Cove
  • Food, Inc. 
  • The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers 
  • Which Way Home 

Best Documentary Short Subject

  • China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province 
  • The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner 
  • The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant 
  • Królik po berlinsku
  • Music by Prudence

Best Animated Short

  • French Roast
  • Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty 
  • La dama y la muerte
  • Logorama
  • Wallace and Gromit in A Matter of Loaf and Death

Best Live Action Short Film

  • The Door 
  • Istället för abrakadabra
  • Kavi
  • Miracle Fish
  • The New Tenants

 Winner Count:

The Hurt Locker: 7

Avatar, Crazy Heart, Up: 2

Inglourious Basterds, Precious, Up In The Air: 1

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Posted on March 6, 2010, in the Academy Awards and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Those are pretty good predictions. Pretty close to mine, although I’m second guessing all of them pretty majorly. Always happens when it gets close.

    Glad to see you back on your blog!

    • I’m trying really hard to keep positive thoughts going for The Hurt Locker, but this season has just been so stressful and a lot of the pundits are so divided this year, it’s hard to tell if the Academy and the Guilds are going to coincide.

      • Shannon Black

        I feel pretty confident about THL’s chances. And I don’t really have that much emotionally invested in it winning, so it’s really not just wishful thinking. I honestly see it as having the majority of the momentum, and it has the advantage over it’s main competition. I’ve been wrong before, of course, and you never really know, but still.

        At least it’ll all be over soon. Then we can start stressing about next year. 🙂

  2. I think these are good predictions. I want Streep to win or I will dispair that great performances have to be the exception in an actor’s carreer to win. She gives one amazing performance after another and yet……. If “you know what” wins instead of The Hurt Locker I will be growling.

    Meet you at the party!

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