The nominations for the 80th Annual Academy Awards were announced January 2nd out in sunny, but at that time, somber Los Angeles. As of right now, Tinseltown is ready to party once more! While the WGA Strike has finally ended (Congrats, by the way!), the ongoing debate of whether the show would go as planned overshadowed the phenomenal nominees. Now that it’s back on and ready to go, I am more than thrilled to give you my predictions on winners in the categories below! Trust me, it’s been a tough call!
If you are jonesing for the list of all nominees and anything Oscar, be sure to take a look at the official website of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) at Oscars.org.
I had a pretty good track record last year with my predictions of who was getting the coveted award. How will I fare this year?
Best Supporting Actor: Massachusetts local Casey Affleck got his first Oscar nom this year, but my money is on Javier Bardem. As the antagonizing, calculating sociopath in No Country for Old Men, he positively outshines the other seasoned actors in this category.
Best Supporting Actress: Last year I was fixated on Jennifer Hudson’s phenomenal debut performance in Dreamgirls and then her not-so-surprising Golden Globe and Oscar wins. This year, I think one of the more well-established actors on this list will take it home. Between double-nominated Cate Blanchett, Ruby Dee, and Tilda Swinton, these ladies have got overflowing buckets of talent. My gut says either Blanchett or Tilda Swinton.
Best Actor: This one is going to be really hard to call. A five-way free-for-all! All these men are no stranger to A-list status, and it’s only fitting that they’re up against each other. However, Johnny Depp is long overdue for one of these bad boys! My personal vote is for Johnny, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Daniel Day-Lewis walks up to that stage.
Best Actress: In my review for Elizabeth: The Golden Age, I mentioned that if Cate Blanchett was denied both the nomination and win for this role a second time, I would be quite mad! I was ready for her to pick up the statue right then and there. That was my guess at that time, and I am sticking to it!
Best Director: That decision wasn’t hard to make! I’m betting on Joel and Ethan Coen. Again, they are such established and innovative filmmakers who always put forth 120% and like to mix things up.
Best Foreign Film: Unfortunately, I am not familiar with any of the nominees for this category, so I don’t think I could make an educated guess as to the winner. It looks like I’ll have to pass on this one until next year.
Best Picture: Here’s another major, major toss-up! Wonderful contenders all around! While I think that many are upset that Atonement was snubbed in the acting categories, I don’t think it will pick up this particular award. Sorry, but we aren’t having a Crash moment this year. I think that either No Country for Old Men or There Will Be Blood will win the biggest prize of the night.
So, there you have it, friends! The Oscars will be televised this Sunday, February 24th on ABC, and I will be glued to that television for the entire show! As for my picks, I will be back early in the week with my Academy Awards recap!
The Prime Minister of Australia, Heath Ledger’s home country, has confirmed that there will be a public memorial service in Los Angeles for the actor Heath Ledger. Ledger passed away last week in New York City, and no definite cause of death has been determined (although speculation runs rampant).
There was a private memorial held in New York City over the weekend for Ledger’s family and friends, as well as his ex-fiancee Michelle Williams. The family will also be having a funeral back home in Australia.
This week’s Entertainment Weekly has a “remembering Heath Ledger” article as their cover story, and there was even a Facebook group created to organize a memorial of wearing black on Friday, January 25th to remember the actor.
The most touching memorial I have seen so far has appeared on the WhySoSerious.com marketing site for The Dark Knight. The site has previouslybeenused to interact with fans by giving them “games from The Joker,” who is played by Ledger in the film.
The new image shows the site as it was, with the addition of a small black ribbon (seen at left). Fans can only assume this is in tribute to the actor, who was getting fantastic responses from fellow industry folks about his portrayal of The Joker.
I never met him. I thought he was beautiful. I just have a very strong feeling that I would have liked him very much as a man.
I believe many people around the world who had never met Heath Ledger, myself included, can connect with that statement. It has been hard as a fan to mourn the loss of someone you never met in person, but that you feel connected with nonetheless. It’s somehow comforting to know others feel the same way.
UPDATE: (1/28 – 8:15pm) Another Heath Ledger memorial has been brought to my attention – Warner Bros. has a tribute to Heath on their TheDarkKnight.com site.