With the Academy Awards just a few hours from now, I’ll make some last-minute predictions. Having seen all movies nominated for the “Best Picture” award I have to say that 2009 brought some very good movies! Anyway, here’s my list (it’s a list of who I think will win, not whom I would vote for):

  • Best Picture: Avatar – I don’t think Avatar deserves the best pictures award, but it will most likely win it. Beating the long-time “Titanic” Box Office revenues (both domestically and internationally), investing huge money and unprecedented 3D effects are reasons for which I think it will win the Best Picture award. Unfortunately, with 9 other movies nominated in this category I don’t think Avatar deserves the Oscar, which, in my opinion, should go to “The Hurt Locker”
  • Actor: Jeremy Renner (“The Hurt Locker”) – he did a great job in the movie and George Clooney and Morgan Freeman already received the statue (Freeman for “Million Dollar Baby” and Clooney for “Syriana”).
  • Actress: Sandra Bullock (“The Blind Side”) – in my opinion this will be a political decision, but, as it rarely happens, a very decent one. Bullock did a fantastic job in “The Blind Side”. Why I’m saying it’s political is because Bullock was (well… is) America’s sweetheart but she never had the opportunity to play in a movie the Academy would consider worthy of the Award. This time she had her opportunity and most definitely did not blow it!
  • Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz (“Inglourious Basterds”) – I’m not so sure about this one, but, wow, didn’t he do a great job in this movie? I remember everyone being excited about Waltz’s performance and he might just get the Oscar for that.
  • Supporting Actress: Mo’Nique (“Precious”) – very good acting and the Academy actually likes to award first-time or second-time roles in the supporting actor / actress categories.
  • Director: Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker”) – why? Because Avatar is taking the Best Picture award. And because I really Avatar won’t take it.
  • Animated Feature: Up – nah, come on. That was easy.
  • Original Screenplay: Inglourious Basterds
  • Adapted Screenplay: Up in the Air
  • And most of the technical ones go to “Avatar”… Yeah, that was easy as well.

Now… Let’s wait a few hours and see how much I got right :) . Enjoy watching the Academy Awards!

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