The 83rd Annual Academy Awards aired Sunday Night, February 27th, 2011. Below were my predictions for the winners in the major categories. The actual winners were filled in after the Oscars were announced.
There were no real surprises this year. Anne Hathaway did her best, but to no avail, next to lifeless co-host James Franco, who appeared as if he hadn’t even shown up for rehearsal and couldn’t care less that he was there. Next year, Academy, give us a comedian. The speeches were nothing special, though who would’ve thought that of the two, Melissa Leo would’ve out “bat-shitted” Christian Bale? Meanwhile, after batting under .500 in my predictions last year, I rebounded nicely by scoring 16/24 correctly and regained my family Oscar pool crown.
Predicted: The King’s Speech
Possible Upset: The Social Network
Oh, Wouldn’t it be Fun if it Won: Black Swan or Inception
Winner: The King’s Speech
Predicted: David Fincher for The Social Network
Possible Upset: Tom Hooper for The King’s Speech
Winner: Tom Hooper
Predicted: Colin Firth for The King’s Speech
Possible Upset: Javier Bardem for Biutiful
Winner: Colin Firth
Predicted: Natalie Portman for Black Swan
Possible Upset: Jennifer Lawrence for Winter’s Bone
Winner: Natalie Portman
Best Supporting Actor:
Predicted: Christian Bale for The Fighter
Possible Upset: Geoffery Rush for The King’s Speech
Winner: Christian Bale
Best Supporting Actress:
Predicted: Melissa Leo for The Fighter
Possible Upset: Amy Adams for The Fighter
Winner: Melissa Leo
Best Foreign Language Film:
Possible Upset: In a Better World
Winner: In a Better World
Best Animated Feature:
Predicted: Toy Story 3
Possible Upset: The Illusionist
Winner: Toy Story 3
Best Documentary Feature:
Predicted: Inside Job
Possible Upset: Restrepo
Winner: Inside Job
Best Adapted Screenplay:
Predicted: Aaron Sorkin for The Social Network
Possible Upset: Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini for Winter’s Bone
Winner: Aaron Sorkin
Best Original Screenplay:
Predicted: David Seidler for The King’s Speech
Possible Upset: Christopher Nolan for Inception
Winner: David Seidler
…and now on to the important stuff…
…the Rules for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards Drinking Game:
Take a shot when:
- Someone thanks their “agent, spouse, parents, or kids.”
- They cut off a person’s acceptance speech unceremoniously with the “exit” music.
- James Franco makes out with Anne Hathaway.
- Anne Hathaway smiles too hard.
- Somebody needlessly and awkwardly mentions something political as a presenter or winner. Chug if they mention anything about the Jasmine Revolution sweeping the Middle East.
- 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 unnecessary music/dance number.
- They honor the people who died last year.
- Somebody gets a standing ovation.
- Somebody makes a joke about the show’s length.
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!
Predictions, commentary and drinking rules by David H. Schleicher