The day has finally come! And we want you to know how it will go down.
Best Picture: No Country for Old Men. It fully deserves to win, and it will win.
Best Director: Joel and Ethan Coen. They are obviously the favorites, but I am shaky about this category. I could see the award going to P.T. Anderson (There Will Be Blood) or Julian Schnabel (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), but the Coen’s are the safe bet.
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis. If he doesn’t win Daniel Plainview will smash in the academy’s head with a bowling pin.
Best Actress: Julie Christie. This is another sticky category. I could see that little heavy golden statue going to Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose), but I have to believe that everyone, including the voters, wants to see Christie holding the award.
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Javier Bardem. I still can’t sleep at night because I’m worried Anton Chigurh is going to come blow me full of lead. He deserves to win, and probably will, but I’d also be happy to see Casey Affleck win for portraying the coward Robert Ford.
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Cate Blanchett. There is no clear cut favorite here, and most predictions I’ve looked at have to award going to either Ruby Dee (American Gangster) or Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone.) But Blanchett’s performance was incredible, you can check it out here. And, if she wins, she has to mention Heath Ledger.
Best Animated Film: Ratatouille. There is some chance that Persepolis will win, but not much of a chance.
Best Original Screenplay: Diablo Cody. It is rightfully hers.
Best Adapted Screenplay: Ronald Harwood. The guy deserves it. I’ve read the book, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly and there is only enough content there for a abstract 30 minute film. I’m fully prepared for the Coen brothers to win, and yes, the wrote one hell of a screenplay, but it had to be child’s play for them, all of that was already in the book.
Best Foreign Film: The Counterfeiters. Everyone in the world is picking this to win.
Best Documentary: No End in Sight. Everyone in the world is picking this to win.
Achievement in Art Direction: There Will Be Blood. It has to win something other than best actor, right?
Achievement in Cinematography: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Again, this is another movie that deserves to win, but will probably end up applauding as No Country wins. But the Assassination of Jesse James was by far the best shot movie of the year. I can only hope the academy recognizes this and wasn’t memorized by the words No Country for Old Men when they checked the ballot.
Achievement in Costume Design: Atonement. I hate this category, and therefore, the movie I hated will win.
Achievement in Film Editing: The Bourne Ultimatum. Really.
Achievement in Makeup: Didier Lavergne and Jan Archibald for La Vie en Rose. Unless Norbit beats them out.
Best Original Score: Atonement. This award should go to There Will Be Blood, but somehow it wasn’t nominated.
Best Original Song: “Falling Slowly,” Once.
Achievement in Sound Editing: Transformers.
Achievement in Sound Mixing: Transformers. The academy has yet to figure out the difference between these two categories.
Achievement in Visual Effects: Transformers.
For the complete ballot: click here.