Anne Hathaway and Academy President Tom Sherak announce the 2010 nominees

Anne Hathaway and Academy President Tom Sherak announce the 2010 nominees


The 82nd Annual Academy Awards hits the air tomorrow night, so I thought, why not post my predictions? Better late than never, right?

Part of me has delayed this year because I don’t think predicting the winners for the most popular categories is going to be that hard. As critics have said though, we could very well be wrong, but it’s looking like an easy night, at least if your film is called The Hurt Locker.

This is going to be quick and dirty, so here goes, and don’t come crying to me on Monday if I’m wrong… (I’ll try to swing back by this article tomorrow and provide a few explanations about my choices.)

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Motion picture of the year
Will Win: The Hurt Locker
Should Win: Avatar

Nominees:
Avatar
The Blind Side
District 9
An Education
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
A Serious Man
Up
Up in the Air

Actor in a leading role
Will Win: Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
Should Win: Colin Firth – A Single Man

Nominees:
Jeff Bridges – Crazy Heart
George Clooney – Up in the Air
Colin Firth – A Single Man
Morgan Freeman – Invictus
Jeremy Renner – The Hurt Locker

Actor in a supporting role
Will Win: Christoph Waltz – Inglourious Basterds

Nominees:
Matt Damon – Invictus
Woody Harrelson – The Messenger
Christopher Plummer – The Last Station
Stanley Tucci – The Lovely Bones
Christoph Waltz – Inglourious Basterds

Actress in a leading role
Will Win: Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side
Should Win: Gabourey Sidibe – Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire

Nominees:
Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side
Helen Mirren – The Last Station
Carey Mulligan – An Education
Gabourey Sidibe – Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
Meryl Streep – Julie & Julia

Actress in a supporting role
Will Win: Mo’Nique – Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire

Nominees:
Penélope Cruz – Nine
Vera Farmiga – Up in the Air
Maggie Gyllenhaal – Crazy Heart
Anna Kendrick – Up in the Air
Mo’Nique – Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire

Animated feature film of the year
Will Win: Up

Nominees:
Coraline
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Princess and the Frog
The Secret of Kells
Up

Cinematography
Will Win: Avatar

Nominees:
Avatar
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
The White Ribbon

Directing
Will Win: Kathryn Bigelow – The Hurt Locker
Should Win: James Cameron – Avatar

Nominees:
Kathryn Bigelow – The Hurt Locker
James Cameron – Avatar
Lee Daniels – Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
Jason Reitman – Up in the Air
Quentin Tarantino – Inglourious Basterds

Documentary feature
Will Win: The Cove
Should Win: Food, Inc.

Nominees:
Burma VJ
The Cove
Food, Inc.
The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
Which Way Home

Foreign language film of the year
Will Win: The White Ribbon – Germany

Nominees:
Ajami – Israel
El Secreto de Sus Ojos – Argentina
The Milk of Sorrow – Peru
Un Prophète – France
The White Ribbon – Germany

Visual effects
Will Win: Avatar

Nominees:
Avatar
District 9
Star Trek

Adapted screenplay
Will Win: Up in the Air

Nominees:
District 9
An Education
In the Loop
Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
Up in the Air

Original screenplay
Will Win: The Hurt Locker
Should Win: Inglourious Basterds

Nominees:
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
The Messenger
A Serious Man
Up

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W. Andrew Powell lives, sleeps, eats, and breaths movies and entertainment. Since launching The GATE in 1999 Andrew has enjoyed being a pest to any publicist who would return his calls. In his "spare time," Andrew is also an avid photographer, and writes about leisure travel and hotels around the world.

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