The 81st Annual Academy Awards aired Sunday Night, February 22, 2009. Below were my predictions for the winners in the major categories. The actual winners were filled in after the Oscars were announced.
Well, the telecast was a shoddily edited, over-directed, over-hyped painful bore to sit through — oh wait, that was Slumdog Millionaire — and there were no major surprises, though a-typical host Hugh Jackman was quasi-funny with his opening number in a weird I-had-no-idea-he-was-so-THEATRICAL! kind of way. But really, Academy, if you have any good sense left, bring back a comedian host next year. I want to laugh, not cringe while watching Hollywood pat itself on the back.
At any rate, it’s a miracle I was able to stay awake to tally that I scored 18 correct out of 24 in my predictions, which obliterated everyone else in my Oscar pool and is a new personal best topping my 17 correct predictions two years ago…when movies were still good.
Predicted: Slumdog Millionaire
Possible Upset: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Winner: Slumdog Millionaire
Predicted: Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire
Possible Upset: Gus Van Sant for Milk
Winner: Danny Boyle
Predicted: Mickey Rourke for The Wrestler
Possible Upset: Sean Penn for Milk
Winner: Sean Penn
Predicted: Kate Winslet for The Reader
Possible Upset: Meryl Streep for Doubt
Winner: Kate Winslet
Best Supporting Actor:
Predicted: Heath Ledger for The Dark Knight
Possible Upset: No one
Winner: Heath Ledger
Best Supporting Actress:
Predicted: Penelope Cruz for Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Possible Upset: Anyone else as this is one category that is wide open and primed for an upset
Winner: Penelope Cruz
Best Foreign Language Film:
Predicted: Waltz With Bashir
Possible Upset: The Class
Best Animated Feature:
Possible Upset: Kung Fu Panda
Best Documentary Feature:
Predicted: Man on Wire
Possible Upset: Trouble the Water
Winner: Man on Wire
Best Adapted Screenplay:
Predicted: Simon Beaufoy for Slumdog Millionaire
Possible Upset: Eric Roth for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Winner: Simon Beaufoy
Best Original Screenplay:
Predicted: Dustin Lance Black for Milk
Possible Upset: Martin McDonagh for In Bruges
Winner: Dustin Lance Black
**For the complete list of nominees and winners in every category, visit my friends at the IMDB.
…and now on to the important stuff…
…the Rules for the 81st Annual Academy Awards Drinking Game:
-Someone thanks their “agent, spouse, parents, or kids.”
-They cut off a person’s acceptance speech unceremoniously with the “exit” music.
-Someone gushes about how “uplifting” Slumdog Millionaire was.
-Hugh Jackman tries to be funny.
-Somebody needlessly and awkwardly mentions something political as a presenter or winner.
-Barack Obama or the economy is mentioned.
-A winner says something to the effect of, “I can’t believe I won with all these other talented/wonderful people I was up against.”
-There is a completely unneccessary music/dance number.
-They honor the people who died last year.
-Somebody gets a standing ovation.
Check out the winners in my annual alternatives to the Oscars, The Davies.
Enjoy! Wagering on the Oscars is encouraged. And please drink irresponsibly…I mean, responsibly!
Written by David H. Schleicher