Stage and Cinema film and theatre reviews


for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards
published March 7, 2010


These are not based on personal choice. I just find it more fun to watch the Oscars if the winners match my mostly cynical choices, rather than get pissed off at the wrong-headed choices of the members of the Academy who, with each passing year, seem to know less and less what a good film is.



Best Picture: AVATAR (though I won’t be surprised if INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS sneaks through)


Best Actor: Jeff Bridges


Best Actress: Sandra Bullock  (this is not a performance; it is a star turn, so it would be encouraging if Meryl Streep wins; besides, Streep gives better speeches)


Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz (I hate the idea of one single actor getting every award as if there were no other award-worthy performance, but he was good)


Best Supporting Actress: Mo’Nique (ditto)


Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow (does anyone remember that she was overlooked last year at the Independent Spirit Awards when The Hurt Locker was eligible)


Best Screenplay, written directly for the screen: Quentin Tarentino (Inglourious Basterds)


Best Screenplay, based on material previously published or produced: Jason Reitman & Sheldon Turner (Up In The Air)


Best Cinematography: Avatar (the cinematographers were right in choosing The White Ribbon but more people are voting in this)


Best Editing: Avatar


Art Direction: Avatar


Costume Design: The Young Victoria


Makeup: Star Trek


Music: Up


Song: The Weary Kind (from Crazy Heart)


Sound Mixing: Avatar


Sound Editing: Avatar


Visual Effcts: Avatar


Animated Film: Up


Foreign Film: El Secreto de sus ojos (just going along with the fact that every year the winner is a film nobody’s heard of, but if they go with one they did hear of, I bet A Prophet over the great The White Ribbon, but I hope The White Ribbon wins because it will be exciting if a genuine masterpiece gets honored)


Documentary Feature: The Cove


Documentary, short film:  China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province


Short film, animated: A Matter of Loaf and Death


Short film, live action: The Door


Happy Oscar handicapping and happy Oscar watching!


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