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final oscar predictions (and, who i’d vote for)…

final oscar predictions (and, who i'd vote for)...

OK, after months of Oscar prognosticating for Movie City News, we’re finally at the end of the road.

I don’t know that I’ll be in an Oscar pool this year, so I just put together my own list of final predictions, along with the name of the film/person I’d actually vote for if I had the chance (in all but a couple of categories where I haven’t seen enough of the films).

UPDATE: On Sunday afternoon, I made 2 last minute prediction changes (these are final as of 12:17 p.m. PT).

Performance by an actor in a leading role:
PREDICTION: Forest Whitaker in “The Last King of Scotland”
I’D VOTE FOR: Ryan Gosling in “Half Nelson”

Performance by an actor in a supporting role:
PREDICTION: Alan Arkin in “Little Miss Sunshine”
I’D VOTE FOR: Jackie Earle Haley in “Little Children”

Performance by an actress in a leading role:
PREDICTION: Helen Mirren in “The Queen”
I’D VOTE FOR: Penelope Cruz in “Volver”

Performance by an actress in a supporting role:
PREDICTION: Jennifer Hudson in “Dreamgirls”
I’D VOTE FOR: Jennifer Hudson in “Dreamgirls”

Best animated feature film of the year:
PREDICTION: “Happy Feet”, George Miller
I’D VOTE FOR: “Monster House”, Gil Kenan

Achievement in art direction:
PREDICTION: “Dreamgirls”, Art Direction: John Myhre, Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh
I’D VOTE FOR: “Pan’s Labyrinth”, Art Direction: Eugenio Caballero, Set Decoration: Pilar Revuelta

Achievement in cinematography:
PREDICTION: “Children of Men”, Emmanuel Lubezki
I’D VOTE FOR: “Pan’s Labyrinth”, Guillermo Navarro

Achievement in costume design:
PREDICTION: “Dreamgirls”, Sharen Davis
I’D VOTE FOR: “Dreamgirls”, Sharen Davis

Achievement in directing:
PREDICTION: “The Departed”, Martin Scorsese
I’D VOTE FOR: “Babel”, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Best documentary feature:
PREDICTION: “An Inconvenient Truth”, Davis Guggenheim
I’D VOTE FOR: “Iraq in Fragments”, James Longley

Best documentary short subject:
PREDICTION: “The Blood of Yingzhou District”, Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon

Achievement in film editing:
PREDICTION: “The Departed”, Thelma Schoonmaker
I’D VOTE FOR: “Babel”, Stephen Mirrione and Douglas Crise

Best foreign language film of the year:
PREDICTION: “The Lives of Others” (Germany)
I’D VOTE FOR: “Pan’s Labyrinth” (Mexico)

Achievement in makeup:
PREDICTION: “Pan’s Labyrinth”, David Marti and Montse Ribe
I’D VOTE FOR: “Pan’s Labyrinth”, David Marti and Montse Ribe

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score):
PREDICTION: “Babel”, Gustavo Santaolalla
I’D VOTE FOR: “Babel”, Gustavo Santaolalla

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song):
PREDICTION: “I Need to Wake Up” from “An Inconvenient Truth”
I’D VOTE FOR: “I Need to Wake Up” from “An Inconvenient Truth”

Best motion picture of the year:
PREDICTION: “Babel”, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Jon Kilik and Steve Golin, Producers
I’D VOTE FOR: “Babel”, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Jon Kilik and Steve Golin, Producers

Best animated short film:
PREDICTION: “Lifted”, Gary Rydstrom

Best live action short film:
PREDICTION: “West Bank Story”, Ari Sandel

Achievement in sound editing:
PREDICTION: “Letters from Iwo Jima”, Alan Robert Murray
I’D VOTE FOR: “Letters from Iwo Jima”, Alan Robert Murray

Achievement in sound mixing:
PREDICTION: “Dreamgirls”, Michael Minkler, Bob Beemer and Willie Burton
I’D VOTE FOR: “Dreamgirls”, Michael Minkler, Bob Beemer and Willie Burton

Achievement in visual effects:
PREDICTION: “Superman Returns”, Mark Stetson, Neil Corbould, Richard R. Hoover and Jon Thum
I’D VOTE FOR: “Superman Returns”, Mark Stetson, Neil Corbould, Richard R. Hoover and Jon Thum

Adapted screenplay:
PREDICTION: “The Departed”, screenplay by William Monahan
I’D VOTE FOR: “Little Children”, screenplay by Todd Field & Tom Perrotta

Original screenplay:
PREDICTION: “Little Miss Sunshine”, written by Michael Arndt
I’D VOTE FOR: “Babel”, written by Guillermo Arriaga

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