Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Punxsutawney Phil predicts five more weeks until Oscars

This morning, around the same time that Punxsutawney Phil was predicting six more weeks of winter, movie critics, morning news show anchors, and reporters began predicting who would be taking home an Oscar at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards on March 7.

My suggestion? Just have Punxsutawney Phil predict this year's Oscar winners. It would have been far more entertaining -- and could be the start of a whole new tradition.

Btw, for those five of you who haven't yet seen the list of Oscar nominees yet, here are the ones for the major categories:

Best Picture

* “Avatar” James Cameron and Jon Landau, Producers
* “The Blind Side” Nominees to be determined
* “District 9” Peter Jackson and Carolynne Cunningham, Producers
* “An Education” Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, Producers
* “The Hurt Locker” Nominees to be determined
* “Inglourious Basterds” Lawrence Bender, Producer
* “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness, Producers
* “A Serious Man” Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, Producers
* “Up” Jonas Rivera, Producer
* “Up in the Air” Daniel Dubiecki, Ivan Reitman and Jason Reitman, Producers

Actor in a Leading Role

* Jeff Bridges in “Crazy Heart”
* George Clooney in “Up in the Air”
* Colin Firth in “A Single Man”
* Morgan Freeman in “Invictus”
* Jeremy Renner in “The Hurt Locker”

Actor in a Supporting Role

* Matt Damon in “Invictus”
* Woody Harrelson in “The Messenger”
* Christopher Plummer in “The Last Station”
* Stanley Tucci in “The Lovely Bones”
* Christoph Waltz in “Inglourious Basterds”

Actress in a Leading Role

* Sandra Bullock in “The Blind Side”
* Helen Mirren in “The Last Station”
* Carey Mulligan in “An Education”
* Gabourey Sidibe in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
* Meryl Streep in “Julie & Julia”

Actress in a Supporting Role

* Penélope Cruz in “Nine”
* Vera Farmiga in “Up in the Air”
* Maggie Gyllenhaal in “Crazy Heart”
* Anna Kendrick in “Up in the Air”
* Mo’Nique in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”

For a full list of the nominees, click here.

While I saw Up in the Air, which I thought was great (timely story, great acting) and highly recommend, I haven't seen most of these movies, so don't feel qualified to make any predictions (though I could have told you there would be at least six more weeks of winter).

But if any of you have any Oscar predictions, leave a comment.

Bonus Groundhog Day video clip [H/T to EW.com]:


Little Miss Cupcake said...

Wow! With the exception of Up, I haven't seen a single film on this list. Guess I'll have to leave my voting up to Phil too!

The Daily Del Franco said...

I'm still fuming over the Academy's decision to give an Oscar to Phil Seymour Hoffman for Capote instead of David Strathairn for Good Night and Good Luck.

Using this as my yardstick, Meryl Streep does not get the Oscar. Instead, Sandra Bullock will win--but shouldn't.

larissa said...

Phil is a rodent
Hollywood predictable
So many movies

EMM said...

An Education is a gem of a movie. A beautiful film. Colin Firth in a Single Man, brought me to tears. It was so simple, yet so powerful.

Meryl as Julia was a perfect fit. However, Sandra Bullock in the Blind Side was a suprise emotionally. Kudos to Ms. Congeniality.

Groundhog Day is also my mom's b-day. Happy b-day Joanne!