James Cameron’s record-smashing sci-fi is in a tight race against Kathryn Bigelow’s acclaimed war drama ‘The Hurt Locker’ as both lead the Oscar Nominations with 9 nods each. Both films are up for Best Picture and Director.
Will Cameron repeat his ‘Titanic’ feat of dominating the Oscars, or will ex-wife Bigelow catch-up with him, in turn being the first female in Oscar history to nab a directing award?
Besides, the much talked-about 10 nominees for Best Picture seems like a fierce fight, with a good mix of fan-favourites (Up, The Blind Side) and critiques’ darlings (Precious, An Education).
Will-Win vs. Should-Win? Here are our bold predictions for Oscar night.
The Best Picture Nominations:
2) Ingluorious Basterds
3) The Blind Side
4) Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
5) District 9
6) A Serious Man
7) An Education
8 ) Up
9) The Hurt Locker
10) Up in the Air
Should-Win: The Hurt Locker
The Oscars have a track record of favouring box-office successes. Remember last year’s rousing ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ and Cameron’s other epic, ‘Titanic’? No matter how gritty and tense The Hurt Locker was, the Academy probably needs to hold their viewership, and that is to reward the audience-favourite.
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE (Nominees)
1) Jeff Bridges for ‘A Crazy Heart’
2) George Clooney for ‘Up in the Air’
3) Colin Firth for ‘A Single Man’
4) Morgan Freeman for ‘Invictus’
5) Jeremy Renner for ‘The Hurt Locker’
Will-Win: Jeff Bridges
Should-Win: Jeff Bridges
For his moving turn as a washed up country singer, Jeff Bridges deserves the award. Unless there is a repeat of last year’s upset: the much-touted Mickey Rourke as a washed-up wrestler lost the Oscar to Sean Penn. Dark horse George Clooney might rob Bridges’ chances this year.
ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE (Nominees)
1) Sandra Bullock for ‘The Blind Side’
2) Helen Mirren for ‘The Last Station’
3) Carey Mulligan for ‘An Education’
4) Gabourey Sidibe for ‘Precious’
5) Meryl Streep for ‘Julie & Julia’
Will-Win: Sandra Bullock
Should-Win: Meryl Streep
This will be Streep’s formidable 16th Oscar nomination, but it seems her stars aren’t aligned again, as was her loss to Kate Winslet just last year. America’s sweetheart Sandra Bullock is gaining deafening buzz for her serious turn in ‘The Blind Side’, and she just might walk home with the Oscar.
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards will be held on March 8, 2010. Click here for a full list of the nominations.
Writer: Wilson Ng