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February 23, 2009

A prediction

I’m kicking myself a little for not blogging my predictions for last night’s Oscars. Or the Baftas before that.

Because I got it dead right. Not only did I know Slumdog would win best film – I blogged it so on January 16th – but last night I also decided (in my head) the film would win eight awards.

Which it did.

So here’s another prediction, one that I’m not so keen to make.

On January 31st I suggested to a friend that Man United had peaked too early in the season and would suffer a big dip in form before the prizes are given out in the early summer. I was heartily laughed at. Well, I think the dip starts tomorrow against Inter Milan.

I hope I’m only good at predicting film award ceremonies.


January 16, 2009

Slumming it with the best

This piece might come in handy if you’re thinking of placing a sneaky fiver on the winner of the Academy Awards this year.

Slumdog Millionaire looks like it’s going to sweep all the big awards. BAFTA will almost certainly go for it (Frost/Nixon a likely second-place). The Golden Globes have already bestowed their stardust on the film.

Now it’s down to the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. And according to the New York Times’ film blog, it’s running away with it.


February 26, 2007

My Oscar Predictions – How did I do?

Best Picture:
Winner: Little Miss Sunshine Cross

Best Director:
Winner: Paul Greengrass, United 93 Cross

Best Actor:
Winner: Forest Whitaker, The Last King of Scotland Tick

Best Actress:
Winner: Helen Mirren, The Queen Tick

Best Supporting Actor:
Winner: Honestly don’t know. Cross

Best Supporting Actress:
Winner: Abigail Breslin, Little Miss Sunshine Cross

Best Animated Feature:
Winner: Happy Feet Tick

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Winner: Borat Cross

Best Original Screenplay:
Winner: Babel Cross

Best Cinematography:
Winner: Children of Men Cross

Didn’t I do well…

Er, no.


January 23, 2007

My Oscar Predictions

I’m sure you’re all dying to know who’s going to win at this year’s Oscars. So I’m going to tell you. Nice and early. I’ll either look very clever or I’ll delete this entry very quickly on 25th February.

Best Picture:
Winner: Little Miss Sunshine

Best Director:
Winner: Paul Greengrass, United 93

Best Actor:
Winner: Forest Whitaker, The Last King of Scotland

Best Actress:
Winner: Helen Mirren, The Queen

Best Supporting Actor:
Winner: Honestly don’t know.

Best Supporting Actress:
Winner: Abigail Breslin, Little Miss Sunshine

Best Animated Feature:
Winner: Happy Feet

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Winner: Borat

Best Original Screenplay:
Winner: Babel

Best Cinematography:
Winner: Children of Men

P.S. Radio 4 just told us how “Burret” had been nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay. Jagshemash!


January 03, 2007

I'm Desperate

I blog, or I watch Desperate Housewives. It’s a tough choice.

Just as this time of year is a sparse one for TV, it’s not great for political gossip either.

But with the Baftas and Oscars only a few months away, I can indulge another passion: films…

  1. Smokin’ Aces is out on January 12th and looks pretty cool from the trailer. Yes it’s got Ben Affleck in, but he’s made some good films hasn’t he? True, Good Will Hunting is the only one that springs to mind, but I reckon it’ll be OK. Not an Oscar hopeful though, but mindless fun.
  2. The Pursuit of Happyness and Blood Diamond are both out soon. Very different films, both very likely to win Oscars.
  3. Chris Cooper. Ryan Phillipe. Dennis Haysbert. Laura Linney. I smell a hit. Breach sees “aspiring FBI agent Eric O’Neill (Phillippe) handpicked by a senior agent (Cooper) to work alongside him, only to discover his mentor might be the country’s greatest security risk.” Ohhhhhhh yes.
  4. Sunshine sounds awful. “A team of eight astronauts is sent to re-ignite a part of the dying sun. Seven years ago, another crew was dispatched on the same mission, but they were never heard from again.” But… it’s directed by Danny “28 Days Later” Boyle and stars Cillian “28 Days Later” Murphy. Oh, and it’s written by Alex “28 Days Later” Garland. I’m not gonna promise it’ll be brilliant, but it might be.
  5. The Kingdom should be interesting. Out in April, it stars Jamie Foxx as an FBI agent sent to deal with the aftermath of a terror attack on US interest in the Middle East.
  6. Matthew Macfadyen (he of Spooks fame) gets a proper movie role in Death at a Funeral. There’s plenty of British talent in what appears to be a Hollywood film.
  7. 28 Weeks Later is the sequel to 28 Days Later, yet retains practically none of the cast, writers or director. They’re all doing Sunshine. Guess what? There’s a second outbreak about six months after the first one. Brilliant? I suspect not.
  8. Shrek The Third will keep the kids and adults happy in the Summer. Surely it’ll be brilliant? Ah. What’s that? They’ve cast Justin Timberlake in a lead role? I take that back.
  9. Watch out. The third Pirates of the Caribbean film is out in May. It will surely be as appalling as the second, which was the biggest waste of time I’ve experienced in a cinema.
  10. Oh. My. God. Die Hard 4 is out in the Summer. I have now wet myself.

March 05, 2006

The Oscars – who SHOULD win…

They probably won't… but here's who should win at tonight's Oscars:

Best Film:
Good Night and Good Luck

Best Director:
Paul Haggis or Bennett Miller

Best Actor:
David Strathairn

Best Actress:
Felicity Huffman

Best Supporting Actor:
Jake Gyllenhaal (but not a particularly strong category)

Best Supporting Actress:
Rachel Weisz

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Capote

Best Original Screenplay:
Match Point

Best Documentary:
Murderball

Of those, I might get best actress and supporting actress right, and maybe adapted screenplay, but the rest of the awards will go to far less deserving films (in my opinion).

Incidentally, my top five Oscar-nominated films…

  • Good Night and Good Luck
  • Match Point
  • Crash
  • Murderball
  • Capote (admittedly, I've not seen it, but the writer's great and the performance of Philip Seymour Hoffman looks very good)

Now sit back and watch my predictions go up in flames…


January 05, 2006

Great news!!!

Jon Stewart is to host the 2006 Oscars. Fantastic! For once it might be worth sitting through the marathon, if only for his witty putdowns at anyone who gets over-emotional in their acceptance speech.

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