Oh, how the time flies! This will be the second Academy Awards that I cover ( last year, my accuracy at picking the winners was approx 50%) and to mark this occasion, I am going to be making two lists, one of my picks and the other of dark horses that may just squeak in. I’ll be posting a more comprehensive list later but for now, here are the picks for the big five categories:
Actors that can realistically portray human frailty and dramatic personal growth usually win this award.
Dark horse: Ryan Golsing
Actresses who play strong female role models that have both a sensitive and an authoritative side usually win this award.
My pick: Helen Mirren
Dark horse: Penelope Cruz
This one usually goes to the director of the film that is the runner up for the Best Picture.
My pick: Martin Scorsese – The Departed (but not out of pity for Scorsese, this really was his best since Casino)
Dark horse: Alejandro González Iñárritu –
Best Foreign Film:
This category is wide open. Sometimes, art films win, other times, films that generate large box office revenues win. This one is a crap shoot at best when it comes to patterns.
My pick: Pan’s Labyrinth
Dark horse: Water
Usually, Films picked for this category has had some impact on film making or the film industry in general, but this year the nominees are smaller indie type films.
Dark horse: Little Miss Sunshine