Sunday, February 20, 2011

It's Oscar Week!

It's Oscar Week!  As an avid cinemaphile, I look forward to the Academy Awards the way some people anticipate the SuperBowl.  It's the high point of my movie-viewing season.

This year, in fact, I convinced Robin to let me throw a big party at which a dozen of our friends are going to watch the ceremony on our big-ass TV while dining on fancy food.  I'm inviting all of our guests to try their luck at guessing the winners and giving a prize for the best ballot.

Since you, too, are my friends, I thought it'd be fun to play with you guys as well.  If you want to try your luck, just pick who you think will win the major categories.  After the ceremony, we'll see who chose the most winners.  The winner will get one of these...

The way to play is simple.  The choices are listed below.  For each category, pick one (by letter) and leave a comment with your selections.  For example, your entry should look like this: 1.a. 2.b. 3.c. 4.d. 5.e. 6.f. 

If you have any questions or prefer to play privately, you can e-mail me at  If you don't want to play but just want to talk about which movies you like, go right ahead.  Let's have fun!

1. Best Picture

A. 'Black Swan'
B. 'The Fighter'
C. 'Inception'
D. 'The Kids Are All Right'
E. 'The King’s Speech'
F. '127 Hours'
G. 'The Social Network'
H. 'Toy Story 3'
I. 'True Grit'
J. 'Winter’s Bone'

2. Best Actor

A. Javier Bardem, 'Biutiful'
B. Jeff Bridges, 'True Grit'
C. Jesse Eisenberg, 'The Social Network'
D. Colin Firth, 'The King's Speech'
E. James Franco, '127 Hours'

3. Best Actress

A. Annette Bening, 'The Kids Are All Right'
B. Nicole Kidman, 'Rabbit Hole'
C. Jennifer Lawrence, 'Winter's Bone'
D. Natalie Portman, 'Black Swan'
E. Michelle Williams, 'Blue Valentine'

4. Best Supporting Actor

A. Christian Bale, 'The Fighter'
B. John Hawkes, 'Winter's Bone'
C. Jeremy Renner, 'The Town'
D. Mark Ruffalo, 'The Kids Are All Right'
E. Geoffrey Rush, 'The King's Speech'

5. Best Supporting Actress

A. Amy Adams, 'The Fighter'
B. Helena Bonham Carter, 'The King's Speech'
C. Melissa Leo, 'The Fighter'
D. Hailee Steinfeld, 'True Grit'
E. Jacki Weaver, 'Animal Kingdom'

6. Best Director

A. Darren Aronofsky, 'Black Swan'
B. David O. Russell, 'The Fighter'
C. Tom Hooper, 'The King's Speech'
D. David Fincher, 'The Social Network'
E. Joel and Ethan Coen, 'True Grit'


  1. Ok. I'm in. Here goes:
    1.e, 2.d, 3.d, 4.a, 5.c, 6.d


  2. I don't know any of these.

    1. a
    2. c
    3. d
    4. e
    5. d
    6. d

    I didn't get any of those right ...
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  3. I absolutely loved Inception and I think that film is going to win best picture. So here it goes (with my guessing)


    Good luck to everyone =)

  4. Oh so fun! I'll try my best although sadly I haven't seen many of these movies.

    1. E
    2. E
    3. D
    4. D
    5. B
    6. D

  5. Thanks guys for playing! You can't win if you don't try.

  6. I do an Oscar night - my best friend comes over, we have food and wine, watch the red carpet, and we have printed ballots from (btw, I don't think that's a picture of an Oscar you have up there). We've done this ever year for over 30 years!

    My guesses:

  7. Well, I've seen five of the best picture nominees which is pretty good for me (my track record is pretty bad with new releases usually). I'll give it a whirl:

    1. C (I don't really think this will win, but I think it was the best of the nominees that I saw)
    2. D
    3. D
    4. A
    5. D (but I have no idea)
    6. D

    Right, I'm sure some of that is wishful thinking on my part, but I have to say I thought Inception was wonderful and Black Swan a bit overrated, but I hope Nathalie Portman wins anyway because I've liked her for years (same with Colin Firth). And Biutiful was the most depressing damn film I've seen in ages, and I hope it wins nada nada nada for being to relentlessly horrible!

  8. What a fun idea! Yummy food, great clothes and fabulous movies=a perfect party! Here are my selections:


  9. I love these kind of games. Fun, fun, fun!

    1.c, 2.d, 3.d, 4.E, 5.C, 6.C


  10. I do Oscar night with my sisters every year. I am counting down the days! Here are my predictions:

    Best Picture: The Social Network (I really want Inception to win because it's more original & the beautifully done, but after it was practically robbed at the Golden Globes...I'm not too sure it will.)

    Best Actor: Colin Firth

    Best Actress: This is a hard one since I'm not too thrilled on the nominees, but my guess is Natalie Portman.

    Best Supporting Actor: Geoffrey Rush

    Best Supporting Actress: Helena Bonham Carter

    (OK, I confess, the last two are who I *want* to win, but whatever)

    Best Director: Actually...I'm really disappointed that Christopher Nolan didn't get nominated in this category. Instead he got nominated for Best Screenplay which doesn't make sense because, to me, he's a better director than writer...Maybe he should've been nominated for both...Anyway, I *think* David Fincher might win.

    OKAY. I need to come out of my "film-nerd-mode". I'm tempted to go on to tell you who I think should win in the other categories, but this comment is long enough, I think. :)

    (Not a "regular" so, you don't have to include me in the game, but this is an awesome idea!)

  11. Nynga, you're included!

    And I corrected the statue-picture. Thanks, Sheila!

  12. Hm, I've only seen 4 of those movies. And I'm torn between what I think should happen, and what I think WILL happen. But this is a prediction, right? So here goes...

    1. A
    2. B
    3. D
    4. didn't see any of these movies
    5. D
    6. A but I wish it would be E

    I should go see the King's Speech tomorrow. I'm taking the day off and that would be an excellent plan, I think.

  13. I am not sure but here is my guess~

    What a great and fun idea!

  14. ok since i don't watch much TV and only see movies that are on HBO i wanted to see how close i come with totally pure guesses


  15. I am terrible ! I haven't seen a movie in ages. I want to see some of these but not much time recently. I stick to recording my TV shows for now.

  16. I need to get my ass to the theatre !

  17. Out of all these films I just saw inception and I think the movie sucked big time!! (don't worry... "I got it", that wasn't the problem!). So here are the guesses (based more on a hinch):

    1.E., 2.A., 3.D., 4.E., 5.B., 6.C.!

    And a wonderful idea for a post!! Kisses!

  18. Love any awards show, but this is my all time favorite
    Here are my picks
    1. E
    2. D
    3. D
    4. E
    5. A
    6. A

  19. Ah, why not, a little gambling is healthy sometimes!

    1. C

    2. D

    3. D

    4. E

    5. C

    6. C

    I have a strong feeling about The King's Speech, since people can't stop talking about it!

  20. Here are my guesses!

    1 - C Inception
    2 - D Colin Firth
    3 - D Natalie Portman
    4 - A Christian Bale
    5 - D Hailee Steinfeld
    6 - D David Fincher

    Hmm, if this were a multiple choice test, I would probably rethink all those Ds...oh, well! :)