Over on The Bureau Chiefs' site, I've written the first in my series of cult movie essays, this one on the 1966 film The Oscar, just in time for Sunday's Academy Awards Ceremony.
I love the hell out of this movie in all its glorious badness.
Also, you can find The Bureau Chiefs' Oscar Pool on the site as well. You can see how my picks match up with a few other Bureau Chiefs, along with a random dice roll from a d6. If the d6 wins, I'm going to be pissed.
Then, on Sunday night, some of the Bureau Chiefs are going to live chat the Oscars, so you can follow along with the ceremony. I'm looking forward to that, even though I may be totally embarrassed by my picks this year (last year, I went a respectable 18/24).
Here are my picks for this year.
Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds
Performance by and Actress in a Leading Role: Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
Performance by and Actress in a Supporting Role: Mo’Nique, Precious
Best Animated Feature Film: Up
Art Direction: Avatar
Cinematography: The Hurt Locker
Costume Design: Nine
Best Documentary Feature: The Cove
Best Documentary Short Subject: The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant
Editing: The Hurt Locker
Best Foreign Language Film: The White Ribbon
Makeup: Star Trek
Original Score: Michael Giacchino, Up
Original Song: “The Weary Kind,” Crazy Heart
Best Animated Short: “Logorama”
Best Live Action Short: “Kavi”
Sound Editing: Avatar
Sound Mixing: The Hurt Locker
Visual Effects: Avatar
Adapted Screenplay: Up in the Air
Original Screenplay: Inglourious Basterds
Director: Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
Best Picture: Avatar
I would like to be wrong about Avatar winning Best Picture, as I liked The Hurt Locker much better. However, my pick here is based on how I think the new Best Picture voting system is going to work out, as I feel that it will really mess with predictions.