Oscar Results of 2010
Attention to all my readers and fans who followed me on hubpages and through my oscar predictions
Well the Award show is over and the ballots are finally in. It looks like I tragically underestimated the impact "The Hurt Locker" movie would have on this year's Academy Awards, while completely over estimating "Avatar's" influence. However, I'll get to that in just a moment. First of all, I would just like to say, thank you to all my readers for following my predictions earlier, and taking the time to vote and comment. It means a lot to me that many of you like what I write. Although I have to be honest, I don't consider myself a film critic, nor do I claim to be an expert in film. For if I did, I'd be putting myself in the same status as Roger Ebert, Gene Siskel, Peter Travers and many others, who have a PHD in film or they've just been in the review business for decades. However, I could never do that, as that would be a insult to them. Of course, it would be a huge honor to mentioned along side them someday, but right now it would be too inappropriate.
I have to say out of the Academy Award shows I've ever seen, this was by far one of the best ones. I put it right up there during the years when Chris Rock or David Letterman hosted during their perspective years, individually. As I thought Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin were simply hilarious together as hosts. I especially loved the comedy sketch when they made fun of "Paranormal Activity", as I found myself unable to stop laughing about it.
Anyway, let's see how well I did predicting the Oscars. Although I wasn't right about all my predictions, but I was happy to see most of them happen. Indeed, to my own shame, I didn't get all my predictions right, as I know I could have done a lot better in my research. A mistake that shall be corrected by next year's Oscar Predictions. Although I did make sure to see not only every film nominated for "Best Adapted Screenplay", "Best Original Screenplay", "Best Animated Feature" and "Best Picture", along with every movie that each actor that was nominated for. Making sure to not only review each one, but I tried to predict who I thought would win based off watching the Academy every year while factoring in how politically correct they are too.
However, it seems I underestimated "The Hurt Locker's" impact this year, while over estimating "Avatar's." Indeed, when I first saw how the Academy was nominating ten films, for "Best Picture", versus their usual five, I read that it was an attempt to draw in ratings this year. Plus, it was also reported to my understanding that they suffered huge criticism last year from the social majority of the United States, when they snubbed out a nomination for "The Dark Knight" in the "Best Picture" category. Therefore, I naturally assumed along with their worries over the ratings, they were going to GIVE every reward that "Avatar" was up for to them; just to appease the masses and draw in interest again. After all, "Avatar" is now the highest grossing film of all time, so it would make sense using that logic.
However, I was glad to be wrong about that. Although I usually hate having to eat my own words and crow, this is one of the rare times I wanted it to happen. I'll be happy to dine and eat a healthy portion of crow tonight. For you see, as much as I loved "Avatar", I honestly didn't think it deserved to win "Best Picture." Nor did James Cameron for "Best Director." Sure, I can understand why he was nominated, but he certainly wasn't as award worthy as the other nominated directors. Although I did predict Avatar and James Cameron as a heavy favorite, you have to take into account like my regular movie reviews, I try not to allow my own personal biases or preferences intervene with analyzing things. Therefore, I tried as best I could with the Academy Award predictions without allowing my personal feelings interfere with my predictions.
Although I probably should have in some categories like "Best Supporting Actor." For you see, I actually wanted Christoph Waltz to win that award. Even though it would make my previous prediction wrong, I loved how he played the Nazi Jew Hunter, in "Inglourious Basterds". He was a great bad guy, and one of the coolest ones at that. Sure, his character was a real a** hole and a conniving jerk, but he was a cool bad guy that audiences loved to hate. I just dismissed him because I know how political the Academy can be, at times, so I naturally ruled him out as "Inglourious Basterds" was a excessively violent film. However, I should have known better. After all, it's like the old saying goes, "the hero is only as great as the villain he fights." That quote rains true for "Inglourious Basterds."
As for Kathryn Bigelow, I owe her a HUGE apology about counting her out. Although I doubt seriously she'll ever read this, I would just like to say to her that, "I'm sorry for underestimating you and counting you out." I never should have done so. To my shame, I never heard of the WGA as I only followed the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes, when it came to movie awards. That's why I didn't know about it, and nobody, I knew in real life or online, bothered to even tell me either. Therefore, I should have known better. However, as I said before, I'm not a professional critic, nor have I ever claimed to be. I'm merely a person that loves movies, and writes about them. That's all. Nothing more or less. However, I do hope that what I have said thus far will NOT cause any of you reading this to un-fan or stop reading what I have to say. As I do love and value all of you, and I promise next year's predictions will be more accurate.
Although I made some mistakes in my predictions, I did get the majority of my predictions correct. In fact, I got 8/10 correct in my predictions, so it's not too bad for an amateur. However, I do still feel an obligation to improve for all my fans out there reading this. In the words of Will Smith, from "Hancock", "You deserve better, so I will be better." Therefore, I hope that you all will stay with me as I promise, I will become a better amateur critic for all of you over time.
Anyway, here are the 2010 winners of the Academy Awards:
Art Direction: Avatar
Costume Design: The Young Victoria
Documentary Feature: The Cove
Documentary Short: Music By Prudence
Film Editing: The Hurt Locker
Foreign Language Film: The Secret In Their Eyes
Make Up: Star Trek
Original Score: Up
Original Song: The Weary Kind (Crazy Heart)
Animated Short Film: Logorama
Short Film: The New Tenants
Sound Editing and Sound Mixing: The Hurt Locker
Best Adapted Screenplay: "Precious"
Best Original Screenplay: "The Hurt Locker"
Best Visual Effects: "Avatar"
Best Animated Feature Film: "Up"
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds)
Best Supporting Actress: Mo' Nique (Precious)
Best Actor: Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart)
Best Actress: Sandra Bullock (The Blindside)
Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker)
Best Picture: The Hurt Locker