'Avatar' vs. 'Hurt Locker': Lou's Oscar predictions

March 4, 2010
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Sure, I'll join the Oscar handicappers. Here are my picks for what will/should win at the Academy Awards Sunday evening.



Should and Will: "The Hurt Locker."



Should and Will: "The Weary Kind" from "Crazy Heart"

Note: This year, the Best Song nominees won't be each given a number during the Oscar broadcast.


Costume Design

Will: "Coco Before Chanel"


Make Up

Will: "Star Trek"


Visual Effects, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Score, Art Direction
Will: "Avatar"



Should: "The Hurt Locker"

Will: "Avatar"


Original Screenplay
Should: "A Serious Man"

Will: "The Hurt Locker"

Should be nominated: "(500) Days of Summer"

Caveat:  "The Messenger" still hasn't played in Indianapolis


Adapted Screenplay

Should: Abstain, since I only saw one of the nominated films

Will: "Up in the Air"



Animated Feature

Should: "Fantastic Mr. Fox"

Will: "Up"



Will: "The Hurt Locker"


Supporting Actor

Should and will: Christoph Waltz in "Inglorious Basterds."


Supporting Actress

Will: Mo-Nique in "Precious"


Leading Actor

Will: Jeff Bridges in "Crazy Heart"

Should but wasn't nominated: Hal Holbrook in "That Evening Sun"



Will: "Avatar"

Should but weren't nominated: "Fantastic Mr. Fox" or "Where the Wild Things Are"

Of course, the deal breakers in your Oscar pool are likely to be the Documentary, Short Film and Foreign Language Film categories. Just like you, I'll be guessing come Oscar night.

Your thoughts?

  • And the Oscar goes to...
    I pretty much agree with you, Lou. However, I still reserve the right to feel that Tobey Maguire's extraordinary performance in "Brothers" deserved an acting nod over George Clooney's underwhelming performance in "Up In the Air."
    I can't wait to see the awards show so I can be smug over how on-target I was - or exude shock and disappointment over how the Academy failed to see what was so obvious to me.

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