The Oscars: A Study In Predictability

16 03 2010

I’m back! Sorry I was unable to get my post-Oscar blog up last Monday; I wasn’t able to watch the Oscars live (had to TiVo it). Since it’s so belated, I won’t spend a lot of time here (most of you have probably already read plenty of follow-up articles, interviews, reviews, etc.), but, as a pop culture blogger, I’d be remiss to not share a few words:

Overall, the winners were extremely predictable; however, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Many of the winners were predictable because they truly deserved the awards – an upset in many categories (especially the Supporting Actor/Actress categories) would have been blasphemous. But, on the other hand, it made for a pretty suspense-less award show. Here’s my take:

  • Best Actor – Jeff Bridges: Predictable.
  • Best Actress – Sandra Bullock: Hollywood has fallen for it again. A beautiful actress drawls a few vowels, convinces everyone she’s a Southern home-girl and she’s practically mailed an Oscar. The “Southern accent” is for actresses what the “playing mentally handicapped” is for actors. Just look at Reese Witherspoon in 2006 for her role as June Carter Cash in Walk the Line. All she had to do was slur her words and she beat out deserving actresses Felicity Huffman and Charlize Theron for Transamerica and North Country respectively.
  • Best Supporting Actor – Christoph Waltz: Predicatble, yet totally deserved.
  • Best Supporting Actress – Mo’Nique: Predictable, yet totally deserved.
  • Best Adapted ScreenplayPrecious: I’m glad Precious took home the Oscar; after reading the book, one would think a movie would be impossible. There was a lot of buzz for Up in the Air, but Precious deserved it.
  • Best Original Screenplay The Hurt Locker: This sickens me. Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds was a work of genius, and was royally robbed in almost every category at the Oscars this year, but especially in this category. Very disappointing.
  • Best Director – Kathryn Bigelow: A much deserved winner, not to mention a wonderfully historical moment for Bigelow, women and the film industry as a whole; the first female to win the Best Director Oscar!
  • Best PictureThe Hurt Locker: Wow. Very sad. Bigelow and Jeremy Renner were the best things about this film – that’s about it. While several of the 10 nominated films didn’t even deserve spots on the list (The Blind Side, really? A big budget Lifetime movie?) there were several pictures that deserved the top award over this documentary-esque collection of war vignettes. Precious, Avatar and (my personal favorite) Inglourious Basterds were all superior films. Frankly, I have no idea what the Academy was thinking. It’s a shame that so many great films were overlooked for such an undeserving winner.

Almost every other category went according to expectations.

So there you have it. Another year, another Academy Awards show. According to my predictions I was 65% right! Not too bad. For a complete list of winners check out the official Academy Awards website.

What do you think? Were the Oscars too predictable? Were you happy with the winners? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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