I can't put this off anymore. It's Wednesday aka. T-minus 4 days 'til the Oscars.
Again, these are my predictions with Lock/Lean point values assigned (2pts. for Lock/1pt. for Lean). And, yes, I am voting a winner in every category (unlike Slate magazine and their weak ass "you don't have to pick a category if you don't want to" rule). And yeah, I may crash and burn (there are some risky picks here)... but go hard or don't go at all.
Best Actor: Colin Firth (2 pts.)
Best Actress: Natalie Portman (1pt.) *Benning could surprise everyone. Also, she sits on the nominations board which means she's got a lot of friends in high places.
Supporting Actor: Christian Bale (2 pts.)
Supporting Actress: Helena Bonham-Carter (1 pt.) *This is so risky; I can not believe I'm putting her instead of Melissa Leo.
Original Screenplay: The King's Speech (2 pts.)
Adapted Screenplay: The Social Network (2pts.)
Documentary: Inside Job (1 pt.)
Documentary (Short): Killing in the Name (1 pt.)
Animated Film: Toy Story 3 (2 pts.)
Animated (Short): Day and Night (1 pt.)
Live Action (Short): Na Wewe (1 pt.)
Foreign Language Film: Biutiful (1 pt.)
Cinematography: True Grit (2 pts.)
Costume Design: Alice in Wonderland (1 pt.)
Art Direction: Inception (1 pt.)
Makeup: Barney's Version (1 pt.)
Original Score: The Social Network (2 pts.)
Original Song: Toy Story 3 (1 pt.)
Sound Mixing: Inception (1 pt.) * True Grit may actually win this one. My gut tells me Inception won't take both of the Sound awards, but it's the "smart" bet.
Sound Editing: Inception (1 pt.)
Visual Effects: Inception (2 pts.)
Film Editing: The Social Network (2 pts.)
Director: Tom Hooper (1 pt.) *This was literally the hardest one to choose. So, if Fincher wins, you are not allowed to crawl up my ass.
Best Picture: The King's Speech (2 pts.)
Total Number of "Locks": 10
Total Number of "Leans": 14
Total Points Possible: 34
Total Points: TBD (Remember, points are DEDUCTED if the category is "lost").
Good luck on your brackets! (Red Carpet rundown will happen next week).
As a parting gift, I'm ending today with a movie that will certainly NOT be up for any awards next year. But, I have a feeling that "Bad Teacher" may be one of my favorites of 2011. Because it's relatable to those of us women who are sarcastic, vulgar, and un-idealistic. I mean, I swear, there are days when I think that if my students were any dumber, I'd have to water them.