Wow, they sure loved the hell out of The Reader. I’m impressed, though – I knew the Oscars were going to be boring this year, but I didn’t realise they were going to be boring and shitty.
The good: Melissa Leo in for Best Actress, Richard Jenkins for Best Actor, In Bruges for Original Screenplay (actually, Original Screenplay as a whole is pretty good), Hellboy II for Makeup
The bad: Sally Hawkins snubbed, The Reader getting Picture and Director, and depriving The Curious Case of Benjamin Button from its rightful spot as my least favorite nominee.
Just plain surprising: Tom Stern in for Best Cinematography for Changeling, only three Best Song nominees & none of them for Bruce Springsteen
This is going to be the worst Oscars in a long, long time.
My predictions: a hideous 29/40 on the Big 8, 68/99 overall (though I actually predicted 101 awards, not expecting Best Song to do that… so maybe better to say 68/101?)