Friday, February 22, 2008

There Will Be Blog: Predictions

My father is a wise man. Over the years, he has imparted ridiculous amounts of insight and knowledge, including the following treasures:

  • The WWF is scripted.
  • Gneiss is a rock. Pronounced “nice.” Which makes it frustrating when you’re a little kid and you want your one-time-geologist father to tell you what kind of rock you’re holding. “That’s nice, Nadine” is all you hear.
  • Hitchhiking through Morocco solo is totally safe.
  • The Academy Awards are political.

I kept this last point in mind as I filled out my ballot at work. Of course, I also chose to take some risks (somewhat calculated) in the more technical categories, knowing that if there are any upsets and I’m right, I could be raking in the dough. Plus, what’s the point if you’re not having fun? Not that I don’t want to win. I still have my handbag named Oscar from two years ago. He would like a new friend.

*crossing fingers for surprise Transformers victories*

My predictions:

Best Motion Picture

No Country for Old Men


Daniel Day-Lewis


Julie Christie

Supporting Actor

Javier Bardem

Supporting Actress

Cate Blanchett


Ethan Coen, Joel Coen (No Country for Old Men)

Original Screenplay


Adapted Screenplay

No Country for Old Men


No Country for Old Men


No Country for Old Men

Art Direction

There Will Be Blood

Costume Design



La Môme (La Vie En Rose)

Original Score


Original Song

“Falling Slowly” - Once

Sound Mixing


Sound Editing


Visual Effects


Animated Feature


Foreign Language Film

Fälscher, Die

Documentary, Feature

No End in Sight

Documentary, Short

Sari’s Mother

Short Film, Animated

I Met the Walrus

Short Film, Live Action

Tanghi argentini

Really, it's all about the fashion. Perhaps the predictions should be best-dressed related:

  • Daniel Day-Lewis will be quirky/European handsome. Longish gelled hair.
  • Johnny Depp will be quirky to an even greater degree. Hobo-Euro-chic.
  • Cate Blanchett will make everyone want to be pregnant. And she'll be in couture.
  • Ellen Page will probably be in black. A little edgy. Young. Very ingenue.
  • Angelina Jolie will wear something loose, sparking more rumors of pregnancy.
  • George Clooney will keep channeling Cary Grant.
  • Julie Christie will be in pants. Or Diane Keaton-ish. Nothing frilly.
  • Tilda Swinton will be tall.
  • If Tom Cruise is there, he will be short.
  • Ben Mulroney will have helmet head.

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