After viewing 37 films that were nominated for the Oscars, it is time to give my thoughts as to who I think will win, should win, and I would not mind seeing win:

Best Picture
Will Win: The Hurt Locker
(This was the only film that felt like an Oscar film this year. Last year, Slumdog Millionaire made me feel the exact same way. The film hit all the right spots & therefore deserves to be rewarded.)

Would Not Mind Winning: Up In The Air

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Will Win: Jeff Bridges
(Though George Clooney was fantastic and my personal favorite from the year, Bridges just brought one of the best performances of his career and deserves every ounce of this award.)

Would No Mind Winning: George Clooney, Jeremy Renner
(In comparison, Jeremy Renner probably does not deserve to win as much as the other two, but I would definitely understand his win.)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Will Win: Gabourey Sidibe
(Was the toughest category to determine. Just have a feeling that with her breakthrough performance and young age, she will steal the award from Sandra Bullock.)

Should Win: Sandra Bullock
(Of all the films I have ever viewed Sandra in, I have never once enjoyed her. It grew to become a hatred for her acting, but viewing Blind Side finally provided a performance I enjoyed her in and actually wanted to see more of her in the film.)

Would Not Mind Winning: Carey Mulligan
(Carey Mulligan has won numerous awards for this performance and as a young actress in such a powerful performance, I have a small, very small feeling she could pull the upset.)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Will Win: Christoph Waltz
(No one else in this category even comes close to deserving this award. Waltz blew the competition away and Inglourious Basterds was the first film of the category that I saw and thought this all the way through. This will be one that if he does not win, I will lose faith in humanity.)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Will Win: Mo’Nique
(As a comedian, there is nothing more impressive than being able to turn it off and be believable. Mo’Nique accomplished that & more and became an icon for evil. She worked her ass off for this nomination and should come through in the end.)

Should Win: Anna Kendrick
(From the start, I picked Kendrick to win until I saw Mo’Nique’s performance. Kendrick took a huge leap from Twilight to Up In The Air and if anyone pulled off a great performance, it was her. I secretly hope she wins, but do no see that happening.)

Would Not Mind Winning: Maggie Gyllenhaal
(Maggie pulled a Bullock this year. I have never witnessed a film that I actually enjoyed Maggie in until Crazy Heart. Though her performance lacks in comparison to the prior two (Mo’Nique & Kendrick), I never say never.)

Best Achievement in Directing
Will Win: Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker
(Kathryn not deserves this, I can not even consider anyone else winning this one. Sure, Lee Daniels had a challenge in bringing the emotion out of his actresses (and actors), but that responsibility also relies on the talent. James Cameron produced the highest grossing film ever, but I think he forgets that there is no “I” in team. I believe wholeheartedly if The Hurt Locker is going to take Best Picture, Kathryn will lock this one in.)

Would Not Mind Winning: Jason Reitman for Up In The Air or Quentin Tarantino for Inglourious Basterds

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
Will Win: Inglourious Basterds
(I was on the fence with this nomination. The Hurt Locker was my original pick, but seeing the lack of wins I was giving Inglourious Basterds, I felt it deserved to take this gold because Quentin rewrote history and gave the film a style all its own. So if one screenplay deserves the gold, it would be Basterds.)

Should Win: The Hurt Locker
(Overall, the screenplay for Hurt Locker is nothing short of brilliant. Plus, since I am considering the film Best Picture and Best Director, I honestly do not doubt this will take home the gold. The story is great, which made for an absolutely great film and this film could take home the entire package.)

Would Not Mind Winning: Up

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
Will Win: Up In The Air
(This film is not taking home many awards in my book and that leaves me with a sour taste, since I enjoyed this film more than almost all the other films this season, so as a result I am giving the film my nod for best Adapted Screenplay. There are probably others that deserve it more, but ultimately, I want to see this one take home the gold.)

Should Win: Precious
(By far the most dramatic piece. The film relies heavily on dialogue (cussing mainly), but I am sure the screenplay is still phenomenal (especially when I hear that the book is nothing but cussing as well). So kudos for adding substance to an otherwise drab book.)

Best Achievement in Cinematography
Will Win: The Hurt Locker
(Take away Avatar & Harry Potter, since they are more CGI than cinematography (I know you use cameras with CGI as well, but it is much easier and is nothing like good old being out in the field, choosing your shots. Hurt Locker is raw and uses every single frame to tell the story. There is no wasted shots in Hurt Locker and for that alone it deserves the win. Plus, for a war film, it strays away from anything that any other war film does and for that it especially deserves the win.)

Would Not Mind Winning: Inglourious Basterds

Best Achievement in Editing
Will Win: Avatar
(Have a feeling this one of the many awards Avatar will be bringing home on Oscar night.)

Best Achievement in Art Direction
Will Win: Avatar
(If there is one award (along with Visual Effects) that Avatar should get it is this one. Not that I agree with the decision, but Avatar was a one trick pony. All it was, was beautiful landscapes and visual effects. All of which can thanked for by Art Direction. If Avatar does not win this one, it has failed on all levels.)

Would Not Mind Winning: Young Victoria
(Those sets had to take FOREVER!)

Best Achievement in Costume Design
Will Win: The Young Victoria
(Hands down, this film had the most beautiful costumes. A lot of people believe that Coco Before Chanel should win because it is about the lady that made Chanel clothing, but to be honest, it was never that great aside from a few costumes. Young Victoria goes all out while films like Bright Star had barely any costumes and Imaginarium’s costumes look like they came from the dump. I see no one else winning this besides Victoria.)

Best Achievement in Makeup
Will Win: Star Trek
(I was on the fence about this award as well. Il Divo obviously did not deserve the award because only a few characters seemed to really have any makeup. I kept thinking Young Victoria would win just because of the nature of the film but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that makeup was not really an elemental part of the film seeing as they only really wore normal makeup and nothing special. Then look at Star Trek where half (or more) of the characters have prosthetic elements on their faces. By far, Star Trek took my vote.)

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
Will Win: Up
(I will be physically pained if Up does not win best Score. For the sole fact that when I left Up I could not stop humming the music. I think of Up and I hear the score. (When the Oscars played the Up theme, I was brought back to all the emotions caused by the film itself and that is what a score is all about). Without a doubt, Up has to win.)

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song
Will Win: “The Weary Kind” from Crazy Heart

Would Not Mind Winning: “Take It All” from Nine

Best Achievement in Sound Mixing
Will Win: Avatar
(All of Avatar was, was created sounds. You would think it would take home the gold.)

Should Win: The Hurt Locker
(Explosions can be tricky as far as Mixing.)

Best Achievement in Sound Editing
Will Win: Avatar

Should Win: The Hurt Locker

Best Achievement in Visual Effects
Will Win: Avatar
(Honestly… if Avatar doesn’t win this, James Cameron will kill everyone.)

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
Will Win: Up
(By far, the greatest all around Animated Film this year, if not from most years. This film does so many things for so many people on so many different levels, it is no surprise that it also got Best Picture nod because in the back of your mind you kind of wish it would win it.)

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
Only One I Saw: The White Ribbon
(Could easily win the award from what I saw. I have absolutely nothing to compare it to however.)

Best Documentary, Features
Will Win: The Cove
(I truly hope this film wins. Just because Food Inc. is already so publicized, The Cove could really use some extra publicity with such a great message and overall good film, I think this film acts like an actual dramatic film and does a great job as a PSA documentary. Would buy this film over Food Inc. any day.)

Best Short Film, Animated
Only One I Saw: Wallace & Gromit-Matter of Loaf & Death
(As the only short I viewed this year, by far it could take the gold, but once again, absolutely no basis in comparison to any of the others.)

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