The Oscars are finally here! I’m looking forward to seeing Hugh Jackman in a tux and hopefully shaking his money maker a little. There’s a rumor that Anne Hathaway will be doing the opening musical number with him (click here to see him rehearsing, sans Anne). Hathaway can definitely sing (have you seen Ella Enchanted or her hosting stint on SNL?) and we have plenty evidence of Jackman’s musical prowess so it should be entertaining if it does happen.
Now, I know everyone and his best friend’s second cousin’s lip waxer have already done predictions so I wasn’t gonna do any more than the ones I already made back in December and January. But then I thought, Why not? Maybe I can help someone win fifty bucks in an Oscar pool to put towards next week’s groceries. I’ve seen all the nominated movies, except for the shorts and foreign films (you’re on your own there!) so I’m not making wild guesses based on hype. These are my (hopefully) informed opinions based on the actual quality of the films. I know—the Oscars are sometimes more about PR but I can hope, right?
Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Actor: Sean Penn — Milk
Best Actor: Kate Winslet — The Reader
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger — The Dark Knight
Best Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz — Vicky Christina Barcelona
Best Director: Danny Boyle — Slumdog Millionaire
Best Animated Feature: WALL*E
Best Original Screenplay: Dustin Lance Black — Milk
Best Adapted Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy — Slumdog Millionaire
Best Art Direction: Donald Graham Burt (Art Direction); Victor J. Zolfo (Set Decoration) — The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Cinematography: Anthony Dod Mantle — Slumdog Millionaire
Best Costume Design: Michael O’ Connor — The Duchess (no contest—Keira’s dresses were eye-popping)
Best Editing: Chris Dickens — Slumdog Millionaire
Best Makeup: Greg Cannom — The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Score: A.R. Rahman — Slumdog Millionaire
Best Song: “Jai Ho” – Slumdog Millionaire
Best Sound Editing: Glenn Freemantle and Tom Sayers — Slumdog Millionaire
Best Sound Mixing: Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke and Resul Pookutty — Slumdog Millionaire
Best Visual Effects: Eric Barba, Steve Preeg, Burt Dalton and Craig Barron — The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Foreign Film: Waltz with Bashir
Best Documentary Feature: Man on Wire
Do you agree with my choices? Who are you rooting for? Post a comment then check back Monday for scoopy stuff from inside the Oscars from my sources who will be there!