{Wed, 24 January, 2007}   My contempt for convention duly noted…

My Academy picks… I saw that the Motion Picture Artists & Scientists did not find much in my projections for the approaching Oscar night. I cannot say I am surprised, but I also will defer to their judgment, enlightened as it is by years in the industry & conceiving nuance better than I. (How to pick best, otherwise? Wet tee-shirt contest for the ladies, best package contest for the males?)

That said, my Oscar picks, from among the nominees, below the fold.

Best Actor: Forest Whitaker (will win, should win)

Best Supporting Actor: Alan Arkin (will win); Mark Wahlberg (should win)

Best Actress: Helen Mirren (will win); Meryl Streep (should win)

Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Hudson (will win); Adriana Barraza (should win)

Best Director: Martin Scorsese (will win); Clint Eastwood or Paul Greengrass (should win)

Best Documentary: An inconvenient truth (will win, should win)

Best Film Editing: Children of men (should win, will win) (boy, this film really took the shaft, hard)

Best Music: Babel (will win, should win) (Gustavo Santaolalla will not be denied)

Best Picture: Letters from Iwo Jima (will win, should win)

Best Adapted Screenplay: Borat (will win); Children of men (should win)

Best Original Screenplay: Babel (will win, should win) (Guillermo Arriaga was not the problem in the partnership!)


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