O is for Oscar

February 3, 2010

I was grating parmesan cheese over the pasta I made for dinner and somehow managed to grate my right thumb — ouch! It is killing me.

Who will take one home?

Anyway, this morning the Oscar nominations were announced and lo and behold, once again I was not among the nominees. Maybe if I worked on a movie, that would up my chances.

That aside, some people had a very fine morning and found themselves on the Academy’s shortlist. There weren’t too many surprises — I guess Maggie Gyllenhaal for supporting actress was one. I once saw her at brunch at Pastis — it was kind of shocking how not glamorous she was. Like, I went to high school with people who were better looking. (I’m not sure if that says something about her or my high school.)

My predictions? For supporting actress, I think Mo’Nique from Precious is a lock, as is Christoph Waltz from Inglorious Basterds for supporting actor. For best actress, they’ll give it to Sandra Bullock. She’s had kind of a fairytale year and I think the industry genuinely likes her. And let’s not kid ourselves, the Oscars are little more than a popularity contest. For best actor, much as I’d like George Clooney to win, I think they give it to Jeff Bridges. Adapted screenplay will go to the Up In The Air folks, mainly because it won’t win much of anything else, and original will go to The Hurt Locker (which is apparently that guy’s first-ever script). Best director is an interesting showdown between The Hurt Locker‘s Kathryn Bigelow and Avatar‘s James Cameron, who used to be married (!)…I don’t know, I think it goes James’ way since they say he has changed the face of moviemaking, but I could see that going either way. And for best picture? I think Hurt Locker will trump Avatar. Too many people thought Avatar‘s storyline was weak.

But we’ll see how it all pans out on March 7th, when the awards air live on ABC with Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin as hosts.

Here’s the full on list if you want to check it out:

Best Picture
The Blind Side
District 9
An Education
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
A Serious Man
Up in the Air

Best Director
Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
James Cameron, Avatar
Lee Daniels, Precious
Jason Reitman, Up in the Air
Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds

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

Best Actress
Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
Helen Mirren, The Last Station
Carey Mulligan, An Education
Gabourey Sidibe, Precious
Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia

Best Supporting Actor
Matt Damon, Invictus
Woody Harrelson, The Messenger
Christopher Plummer, The Last Station
Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones
Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds

Best Supporting Actress
Penélope Cruz, Nine
Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air
Maggie Gyllenhaal, Crazy Heart
Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air
Mo’Nique, Precious

Best Adapted Screenplay
Neil Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell, District 9
Nick Hornby, An Education
Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell and Armando Iannucci, In the Loop
Geoffrey Fletcher, Precious
Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, Up in the Air

Best Original Screenplay
Mark Boal, The Hurt Locker
Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, A Serious Man
Pete Docter and Bob Peterson, Up
Alessandro Camon and Oren Moverman, The Messenger
Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds
Best Animated Film
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Princess and the Frog
The Secret of Kells

Best Foreign Film
El Secreto de Sus Ojos
The Milk of Sorrow
A Prophet
The White Ribbon

Best Art Direction

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Sherlock Holmes
The Young Victoria

Best Cinematography
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
The White Ribbon

Best Sound Mixing
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Star Trek
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Best Sound Editing
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Star Trek

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

Best Original Song
“Almost There” from The Princess and the Frog, Randy Newman
“Down in New Orleans” from The Princess and the Frog, Randy Newman
“Loin de Paname” from Paris 36, Reinhardt Wagner and Frank Thomas
“Take It All” from Nine, Maury Yeston
“The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)” from Crazy Heart, Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett

Best Costume Design
Bright Star
Coco Before Chanel
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
The Young Victoria

Best Documentary Feature
Burma VJ
The Cove
Food, Inc.
The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
Which Way Hom

Best Documentary Short
China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province
The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner
The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant
Music by Prudence
Rabbit a la Berlin

Best Film Editing
District 9
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds

Best Makeup

Il Divo
Star Trek
The Young Victoria

Best Animated Short Film
French Roast
Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty
The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)
A Matter of Loaf and Death

Best Live-Action Short Film
The Door
Instead of Abracadabra
Miracle Fish
The New Tenants

Best Visual Effects
District 9
Star Trek


Don’t you hate when you can sleep in and yet your mind and/or body won’t let you sleep in? That keeps happening to me. Such a drag.

I pulled my neck in pilates this morning and I can’t turn my head all the way to the left. When I told my instructor she said it wasn’t really coming from my neck and showed me a stretch with both hands clasped behind my back and pulling my shoulders done. This does alleviate the pain but once I stop the stretch it comes right back. But it is interesting that sometimes what you think is causing the pain is really just a byproduct of a bigger problem.

Is it the weekend yet???

And finally, where is Gossip Girl?? It hasn’t been on in over two months.


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