“The 82nd Annual Academy Awards” will be handed out Sunday night and all of the speculation as to the winners will finally end. As a countdown to the big night, I am taking a look at the six top categories and offering my opinion as to who will win. The great thing about the Oscars is everyone has an opinion. Please feel free to share yours as the week goes along.
Today: Best picture/director
“Avatar” is visually stunning but the story falls flat. Director James Cameron will just have to be happy with the movie being the biggest box office hit of all time.
The sentimental favorite “The Blind Side” won’t sneak up and knock off the winner.
Cameron should take a look at “District 9″ because the film blends great special effects with a compelling story. It’s a great film but science fiction never does well in this category.
“An Education” is one of the films that would have not even been in the running had the list been limited to five. It is one of the 10 best of the year but not strong enough to win.
I still can’t figure out how “Inglourious Basterds” made the nomination list so obviously I’m not picking it to win. There are some great moments but director Quentin Tarantino needs to learn how to edit down his movies.
“Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” is a powerful production that is among the year’s best but not THE best.
“A Serious Man” is great work by Joel and Ethan Coen but just barely falls short of being a serious contender.
The moving and magical “Up” will win in the animation category but has no chance of being named best picture.
“Up in the Air” is tightly written and well acted. In any other year it could win but there are at least two movies on this list that were far better.