Oscar Night in America, week three

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Over the last two weeks, I’ve discussed this year’s Academy Award nominees for Best Picture as part of  MLD’s Oscar preview. The last part of the wonderful little piece on movies is for award predictions. I have not seen all of the films, so my list is very subjective based on what I have read in the papers. I’ll also discuss the movies that will be most remembered from the past year. Every year movies get nominated for best picture and forgotten soon afterward. These movies will stand the test of time as the best films of 2009.

Oscar Predictions:
Best Picture:  The Hurt Locker
Best Director:  Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
Best Actor:  Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
Best Supporting Actor:  Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds
Best Actress:  Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
Best Supporting Actress:  Mo’Nique, Precious
Best Animated Film:  Up!
Best Original Screenplay:  Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds
Best Adapted Screenplay:  Geoffrey Fletcher, Precious
Best Visual Effects:  Avatar

You can take these guesses with a grain of salt.    I’ll be watching Star Trek more than The Hurt Locker and Avatar combined.  It just is what it is.  Here are a few other movies that were not nominated for Best Picture, but you will gladly put on ahead of most of the garbage listed above:

(In no particular order)

The Hangover
Everyone already saw this movie, but it will be watched again and again. It will be on TNT nearly every weekend, like how Wedding Crashers is on it now. This movie will be dead to us in five years, but until that point it will be THE comedy of the year.

World’s Greatest Dad
Robin Williams is so great in this movie. You have to just let this movie play out. You can watch it on Netflix Instant View. It is really amazing what he does with it. It is not for everyone, but World’s Greatest Dad is one of the more disturbing/entertaining movies of the year. Maybe this one will never be widely watched, but I hope it is.

This was the best comedy of the year.  It was better than The Hangover, though that is no slight against The Hangover.  That was funny.  Zombieland is that movie that you waited too long to see, whenever it is you may see it.  You should have saw it earlier and its your fault.  Woody Harrelson, after this movie and his Oscar nominated role in The Other Side, will hopefully have a resurgence that will hopefully include Kingpin 2.  Isn’t Vanessa Angel dead?  She’s gotta be.  Oh, and Zombieland has “The Cameo.”

Drag Me To Hell

This movie has you from the first scene.  You smile the whole way through.

Big Fan

I have never been so uncomfortable while watching a movie.  I had to pause it a couple times just to get through the strip club scene… and its not for the reasons you think.  I cannot believe they offered him a drink.  It is just a weird movie.


Moon and District 9 are the two smart sci-fi movies of the year.  Moon was hardly released, which is too bad.  It is better than District 9.

I know there are others.  I loved Fantastic Mr. Fox and Observe and Report.  I’ve been told Away We Go is good.  Same for (500) Days of Summer, but I’ll pass if it is a straight rip off of Annie Hall. Some people loved Where the Wild Things Are, The Cove, In the Loop, and many many others, so the above is an incomplete list.  I’m sure I missed one… eh hem… Crank: High Voltage.

The Oscars will be televised next Sunday, March 7 at 8pm on ABC.

Go to Oscar Night In America, week two.