Our Picks for the 83rd Oscars

As we gear up for the 83rd Oscars, it’s always fun to make our own predictions.  If you listened to this month’s podcast, you heard us talk a little more in depth about both our predictions for the major categories and what we think should win vs. what we think will win.

Below we’ve made our predictions for each of the categories this year.  We’d love to hear your predictions, too.

You can find out more about the Oscars at the official site (and do check out their Oscar Party Kit — I personally think the Bingo card looks super fun).  The event begins this coming Sunday, Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. EST / 7 p.m. Central on ABC.

Actor in a Leading Role

  • Javier Bardem in “Biutiful”
  • Jeff Bridges in “True Grit”
  • Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network”
  • Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech”
  • James Franco in “127 Hours”
    Ditty’s Pick: Colin Firth
    Matt’s Pick: Colin Firth

Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Christian Bale in “The Fighter”
  • John Hawkes in “Winter’s Bone”
  • Jeremy Renner in “The Town”
  • Mark Ruffalo in “The Kids Are All Right”
  • Geoffrey Rush in “The King’s Speech”
    Ditty’s Pick: Geoffrey Rush
    Matt’s Pick: Mark Ruffalo

Actress in a Leading Role

  • Annette Bening in “The Kids Are All Right”
  • Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole”
  • Jennifer Lawrence in “Winter’s Bone”
  • Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”
  • Michelle Williams in “Blue Valentine”
    Ditty’s Pick: Natalie Portman
    Matt’s Pick: Natalie Portman

Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Amy Adams in “The Fighter”
  • Helena Bonham Carter in “The King’s Speech”
  • Melissa Leo in “The Fighter”
  • Hailee Steinfeld in “True Grit”
  • Jacki Weaver in “Animal Kingdom”
    Ditty’s Pick: Helena Bonham Carter
    Matt’s Pick: Hailee Steinfeld

Animated Feature Film

  • “How to Train Your Dragon” Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois
  • “The Illusionist” Sylvain Chomet
  • “Toy Story 3” Lee Unkrich
    Ditty’s Pick: Tangled (…fine. Toy Story 3)
    Matt’s Pick: Toy Story 3

Art Direction
The overall look of the physical aspects of a film; most notably, the sets.

  • “Alice in Wonderland”
    Production Design: Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Karen O’Hara
  • “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1”
    Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
  • “Inception”
    Production Design: Guy Hendrix Dyas; Set Decoration: Larry Dias and Doug Mowat
  • “The King’s Speech”
    Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Judy Farr
  • “True Grit”
    Production Design: Jess Gonchor; Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh
    Ditty’s Pick: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
    Matt’s Pick: The King’s Speech

Cinematography
The blend of lighting and camera choices that come together to set a visual tone for a film beyond the sets and costumes.

  • “Black Swan” Matthew Libatique
  • “Inception” Wally Pfister
  • “The King’s Speech” Danny Cohen
  • “The Social Network” Jeff Cronenweth
  • “True Grit” Roger Deakins
    Ditty’s Pick: The King’s Speech
    Matt’s Pick: The King’s Speech

Costume Design

  • “Alice in Wonderland” Colleen Atwood
  • “I Am Love” Antonella Cannarozzi
  • “The King’s Speech” Jenny Beavan
  • “The Tempest” Sandy Powell
  • “True Grit” Mary Zophres
    Ditty’s Pick: Alice in Wonderland
    Matt’s Pick: I Am Love

Directing

  • “Black Swan” Darren Aronofsky
  • “The Fighter” David O. Russell
  • “The King’s Speech” Tom Hooper
  • “The Social Network” David Fincher
  • “True Grit” Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
    Ditty’s Pick: David Fincher
    Matt’s Pick: Tom Hooper

Documentary (Feature)

  • “Exit through the Gift Shop” Banksy and Jaimie D’Cruz
  • “Gasland” Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic
  • “Inside Job” Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs
  • “Restrepo” Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger
  • “Waste Land” Lucy Walker and Angus Aynsley
    Ditty’s Pick: Restrepo
    Matt’s Pick: Exit Through the Gift Shop

Documentary (Short Subject)

  • “Killing in the Name” Jed Rothstein
  • “Poster Girl” Sara Nesson and Mitchell W. Block
  • “Strangers No More” Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon
  • “Sun Come Up” Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger
  • “The Warriors of Qiugang” Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon
    Ditty’s Pick: (having seen none of the nominees) Poster Girl
    Matt’s Pick: Killing in the Name

Film Editing
Determining how to piece together what has been filmed to achieve a narrative that is both clear and compelling for the audience.

  • “Black Swan” Andrew Weisblum
  • “The Fighter” Pamela Martin
  • “The King’s Speech” Tariq Anwar
  • “127 Hours” Jon Harris
  • “The Social Network” Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter
    Ditty’s Pick: The Social Network
    Matt’s Pick: 127 Hours

Foreign Language Film

  • “Biutiful” Mexico
  • “Dogtooth” Greece
  • “In a Better World” Denmark
  • “Incendies” Canada
  • “Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi)” Algeria
    Ditty’s Pick: (having seen only Dogtooth) Incendies
    Matt’s Pick: Outside the Law

Makeup

  • “Barney’s Version” Adrien Morot
  • “The Way Back” Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng
  • “The Wolfman” Rick Baker and Dave Elsey
    Ditty’s Pick: The Wolfman
    Matt’s Pick: The Wolfman (but god damn, this is a depressing category this year)

Music (Original Score)

  • “How to Train Your Dragon” John Powell
  • “Inception” Hans Zimmer
  • “The King’s Speech” Alexandre Desplat
  • “127 Hours” A.R. Rahman
  • “The Social Network” Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
    Ditty’s Pick: Inception
    Matt’s Pick: How to Train Your Dragon

Music (Original Song)

  • “Coming Home” from “Country Strong” Music and Lyric by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey
  • “I See the Light” from “Tangled” Music by Alan Menken Lyric by Glenn Slater
  • “If I Rise” from “127 Hours” Music by A.R. Rahman Lyric by Dido and Rollo Armstrong
  • “We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3″ Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
    Ditty’s Pick: “I See the Light” from Tangled
    Matt’s Pick: “I See the Light” from Tangled (Also, someone stop nominating Randy Newman. Seriously.)

Best Picture

  • “Black Swan” Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin, Producers
  • “The Fighter” David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg, Producers
  • “Inception” Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, Producers
  • “The Kids Are All Right” Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Celine Rattray, Producers
  • “The King’s Speech” Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers
  • “127 Hours” Christian Colson, Danny Boyle and John Smithson, Producers
  • “The Social Network” Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca and Ceán Chaffin, Producers
  • “Toy Story 3” Darla K. Anderson, Producer
  • “True Grit” Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, Producers
  • “Winter’s Bone” Anne Rosellini and Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Producers
    Ditty’s Pick: The King’s Speech
    Matt’s Pick: The King’s Speech

Short Film (Animated)

  • “Day & Night” Teddy Newton
  • “The Gruffalo” Jakob Schuh and Max Lang
  • “Let’s Pollute” Geefwee Boedoe
  • “The Lost Thing” Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann
  • “Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary)” Bastien Dubois
    Ditty’s Pick: (having only seen one) Day & Night
    Matt’s Pick: The Lost Thing

Short Film (Live Action)

  • “The Confession” Tanel Toom
  • “The Crush” Michael Creagh
  • “God of Love” Luke Matheny
  • “Na Wewe” Ivan Goldschmidt
  • “Wish 143” Ian Barnes and Samantha Waite
    Ditty’s Pick: (having seen none) The Crush
    Matt’s Pick: Na Wewe

Sound Editing
The selection of sound effects.

  • “Inception” Richard King
  • “Toy Story 3” Tom Myers and Michael Silvers
  • “Tron: Legacy” Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague
  • “True Grit” Skip Lievsay and Craig Berkey
  • “Unstoppable” Mark P. Stoeckinger
    Ditty’s Pick: Inception
    Matt’s Pick: Inception

Sound Mixing
The art of compiling dialog, sound effects and music together to create the soundtrack for the film.

  • “Inception” Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick
  • “The King’s Speech” Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen and John Midgley
  • “Salt” Jeffrey J. Haboush, Greg P. Russell, Scott Millan and William Sarokin
  • “The Social Network” Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick and Mark Weingarten
  • “True Grit” Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland
    Ditty’s Pick: Inception
    Matt’s Pick: Inception

Visual Effects

  • “Alice in Wonderland” Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips
  • “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1” Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz and Nicolas Aithadi
  • “Hereafter” Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojansky and Joe Farrell
  • “Inception” Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb
  • “Iron Man 2” Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright and Daniel Sudick
    Ditty’s Pick: Inception
    Matt’s Pick: Inception

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

  • “127 Hours” Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy
  • “The Social Network” Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
  • “Toy Story 3” Screenplay by Michael Arndt; Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
  • “True Grit” Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
  • “Winter’s Bone” Adapted for the screen by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini
    Ditty’s Pick: The Social Network
    Matt’s Pick: Toy Story 3

Writing (Original Screenplay)

  • “Another Year” Written by Mike Leigh
  • “The Fighter” Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson;
    Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson
  • “Inception” Written by Christopher Nolan
  • “The Kids Are All Right” Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg
  • “The King’s Speech” Screenplay by David Seidler
    Ditty’s Pick: Inception
    Matt’s Pick: Inception
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9 Responses to Our Picks for the 83rd Oscars

  1. Stuart says:

    Saves me having to do my own blog picks. My predictions are:

    Actor in a Leading Role – Colin Firth
    Actor in a Supporting Role – Geoffrey Rush
    Actress in a Leading Role – Natalie Portman
    Actress in a Supporting Role – Helena Bonham Carter
    Animated Feature Film – Toy Story 3
    Art Direction – The King’s Speech
    Cinematography – The King’s Speech
    Costume Design – True Grit
    Directing – David Fincher
    Documentary (Feature) – Exit through the Gift Shop
    Documentary (Short Subject) – Haven’t seen any of them, no idea.
    Film Editing – The Social Network
    Foreign Language Film – Dogtooth
    Makeup – The Wolfman
    Music (Original Score) – Hans Zimmer
    Music (Original Song) – “If I Rise” from “127 Hours”
    Best Picture – The King’s Speech
    Short Film (Animated) …
    Short Film (Live Action) I’ve not seen any of these categories either
    Sound Editing – Inception
    Sound Mixing – Inception
    Visual Effects – Inception
    Writing (Adapted Screenplay) – The Social Network
    Writing (Original Screenplay) – Inception

    • Half the fun of Oscar picks is making totally blind guesses in the categories where you haven’t seen anything! And some day you will have to explain to me how it is possible you liked DOGTOOTH so much.

      • Stuart says:

        Well, in that case…

        Documentary (Short Subject) – Sun Come Up
        Short Film (Animated) – The Gruffalo
        Short Film (Live Action) – The Confession

        And as far as explaining why I liked Dogtooth so much, did you miss the long-arse section in my year end Top 10, where it was #1?! But as a cliff notes explanation: you never agree with my opinion on anything 😛

      • I did see it, and I even just went back and read it again, and I still can’t get over how much I disliked DOGTOOTH. Have you seen The X-Files episode, Home? Or read We Have Always Lived in the Castle? I think both of those stories take the same material and deliver a better telling, less heavy-handed and less we’re-doing-this-just-to-make-you-cringe-without-really-having-any-reason-related-to-the-story-or-the-characters. But we like what we like, eh? 😉

  2. Stuart says:

    I did see the X-Files episode, although I’ve not read that book, but a comparison between an episode of the X-Files and DOGTOOTH feels a little like bringing up the shallow, Saturday morning cartoon version. (No offense and all :-p) I personally didn’t find it heavy handed at all, and sure, we like what we like.

    For a bigger picture thing of why it appealed to me, I’ll have to briefly turn this into a tedious, flag-waving thing. Personally, and culturally, the British are kinda raised on bleak material. We want our protagonists unlikeable and our endings grim. That whole Kitchen Sink ethos came out of here, and the Europeans seem to take that, and add in a bunch of psychosexual weirdnessm, off-kilter pacing, and black humour. I *love* that tone, and DOGTOOTH had it through to the very core. The weird dance scene that went on forever, past the point where it went on too long to become great again? *MWAH!* I adore that whole feel, and to me, I’m never going to be as affected by something which feels, in comparison, incredibly cynical in the way it’s put together; The King’s Speech being a timely example.

    In a way, it always feels odd trying to analyse just why something affects you so much, because the heart wants what it wants, but as I wrote in that piece, DOGTOOTH was something I just couldn’t shake. As confused as you are by my love for it, I’m befuffled that you could hold such a low opinion.

    But I ain’t mad ‘atcha!

    • I’ve just realized today that DOGTOOTH may actually be my most hated film of all time. The more I think about it, the more I consider it, the more I read what you say about it, the more I hate it. AND you just insulted The X-Files. Not cool, dude. Not cool at all.

      • Stuart says:

        Your most hated film OF ALL TIME?! Really? But you’ve seen about a billion movies 😦

        I think you’re just trying to hurt me.

        (It’s working)

  3. Todd says:

    Actor in a Leading Role – Colin Firth
    Actor in a Supporting Role – Christian Bale (although I’m rooting for John Hawkes)
    Actress in a Leading Role – Natalie Portman
    Actress in a Supporting Role – Amy Adams
    Animated Feature Film – Toy Story 3
    Art Direction – Alice in Wonderland (hated the film, but strong visuals)
    Cinematography – The King’s Speech
    Costume Design – Alice in Wonderland
    Directing – David Fincher
    Documentary (Feature) – Inside Job (TBG – Total Blind Guess)
    Documentary (Short Subject) – Killing in the Name (TBG)
    Film Editing – The Social Network
    Foreign Language Film – In a Better World (TBG)
    Makeup – The Wolfman (TBG)
    Music (Original Score) – Hans Zimmer
    Music (Original Song) – “If I Rise” from “127 Hours”
    Best Picture – The King’s Speech
    Short Film (Animated) – The Gruffalo (TBG)
    Short Film (Live Action) – The Confession (TBG)
    Sound Editing – Inception
    Sound Mixing – Inception
    Visual Effects – Inception
    Writing (Adapted Screenplay) – The Social Network
    Writing (Original Screenplay) – The King’s Speech

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