It's here already? The Oscars?
But...but how? Just last week I was reading about this new film called The Artist that would be lucky enough to find an audience....Billy Crystal's hosting stint was just a rumor after the debacle that was the Franco/Hathaway affair...Is it even Christmas yet?
I still have six nominees to see. This is kind of par for the course, but usually it's in categories like Visual Effects or Costume that I'm missing out on; still is this year, but I've also got gaps in Leading Actor and two in Original Screenplay. Embarrassing (2008 was probably my best year; I only missed Defiance and Australia. To be fair, so did everyone else)!
No time for regrets or might-have-beens now, though. Now's the time to put my reputation on the line and give my predictions. Starting with the pure guesswork:
DOCUMENTARY SHORT: "Saving Face"
ANIMATED SHORT: "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore"
LIVE ACTION SHORT: "The Shore"
FOREIGN LANGUAGE: A Separation
ANIMATED FEATURE: Rango
SOUND EDITING: War Horse
SOUND MIXING: War Horse
MAKEUP: The Iron Lady
VISUAL EFFECTS: Rise of the Planet of the Apes
ART DIRECTION: Hugo
EDITING: The Artist
SONG: "Man or Muppet", The Muppets
SCORE: The Artist
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: The Descendants
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: The Artist
SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Octavia Spencer, The Help
SUPPORTING ACTOR: Christopher Plummer, Beginners
ACTOR: Jean Dujardin, The Artist
ACTRESS: Viola Davis, The Help
DIRECTOR: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
PICTURE: The Artist