The Granddaddy of Them All: My Oscar Picks

The day has finally arrived for a bunch of rich, old, white guys to tell us what movies from the previous year really inspired them.

Despite some obvious errors and omissions over the years, it really is an awards show like no other. (If nothing else, at least it isn’t the MTV Movie Awards where “Twilight” wins every category.)

Some of the movies I’m about to pick certainly weren’t my favorites, but this is the Oscars. For the movies I enjoyed most this year, check out my previous post.

And here are my last picks of the 2011-2012 awards season….

Best Documentary – “Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory” (Although I wouldn’t mind “Undefeated”)

Best Cinematography – “Tree of Life” (Probably won’t, but totally deserves it. “The Artist” or “Hugo” for the win.)

Best Original Score – “The Artist” (I would have preferred “War Horse.”)

Best Original Song – “The Muppets” (“Rio” didn’t even deserve a nomination IMO)

Best Costume Design – “W.E.” (Ugh. Yes, the Madonna movie. Maybe “The Artist” can swoop in and save the Academy the embarrassment.)

Best Adapted Screenplay – “The Descendants” (Alexander Payne > Aaron Sorkin)

Best Original Screenplay – “Midnight in Paris” (Woody Allen by a mile IMO)

Best Foreign Film – “A Separation” (The Iranian film is the only holdover from Golden Globes, which it won.)

Best Animated Feature FIlm – “Rango” (Pixar needs to step up next time with “Brave.”)

Best Supporting Actress – Octavia Spencer from “The Help” (Melissa McCarthy would be a pleasant surprise though.)

Best Supporting Actor – Christopher Plummer from “Beginners” (Would make Plummer the oldest Oscar winner in history)

Best Actress – Viola Davis from “The Help” (would tie Glenn Close for being one of the unluckiest Oscar nominees in history)

Best Actor – George Clooney from “The Descendants” (But will probably go to Jean Dujardin for being just too darn charming in “The Artist.”)

Best Director – Martin Scorsese for “Hugo” (If the Academy had guts, it would be Terrence Malick for “Tree of Life.” If they are gullible, it will be “The Artist.” I decided to split the difference.)

Best Picture – “The Artist” (If you’re still awake at this point in the show, I commend you for finding the dull, obvious choices enjoyable.)

Well, that does it for my little preview. During the show, follow along on Twitter at @VC_Reviews or follow my friend Ian at @IanMenard. Share any opinions on my choices in the comments below.

Happy viewing.



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