So this'll be a first for Movieville.org, seeing as we started up before the Oscars season last year, we missed the chance to mention this. Well, we have the chance now. I'm going to pick the ones which I have a connection with, with the exception of 5 Nomination categories(Documentary- Feature and Short Subject, Short Film- Animated and Live Action, Costume Design).
Let's get this started. I'll justify the ones I feel need justifying, otherwise it'll just be the nomination.
Best Picture: Avatar
The first time watching Avatar in 3D, I said it was the best film I had ever seen. In many ways, it was, but there were minor flaws brining this film down. But based solely on the recognition this film has been getting since it's release, it seems to be a clear pick for best picture.
Actor in a Leading Role: George Clooney (Up in the Air)
After watching Up in the Air, it hadn't occurred to me that Clooney would be in the running for an Oscar. Watching it a second time, it's quite clear as to why he was considered to be in the running for an Academy Award. Clooney in Up in the Air was as refreshing as the film itself. Definitely not his best, but definitely Oscar-worthy.
Actor in a Supporting Role: Christoph Waltz (Inglorious Basterds)
His sinister presence was noticed in every scene he was present in, and his performance as an antagonist in Inglorious was as noteworthy as the rest of the cast, if not better. Having already received a number of awards for his supporting role, this one should be in the bag.
Actress in a Leading Role: Gabourey Sidibe (Precious)
I couldn't see another actress on the list who deserved it more than Sidibe did.
Actress in a Supporting Role: Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air)
Anna Kendrick in Up in the Air was such an excellent addition, after her minor role in the 'Twilight' films, it was definitely a step up seeing her in a more 'involved' role.
Animated Feature Film: Up
Every time Disney/Pixar release a film, they never cease to impress. Up most definitely wasn't an exception. Each film is a step up from the last, and Up exhibits this perfectly. Definitely the best animated feature of the year.
Art Direction: Avatar
There were too many shots in Avatar to count. But each shot was as beautiful as the last. The shot from the top of Hometree, from the Hallelujah Mountains, the trademark shot of Sully's feet 'tasting' the fresh soil for the first time- All shots which will forever remind me of Avatar.
Directing: Up in the Air
Film Editing: Inglorious Basterds
Foreign Language film: Un Prophète (A Prophet)
Makeup: Star Trek
Music (Original Score): Avatar
I've never listen to a movie score more than I've listened to Avatar's. I said this when I reviewed it, how each track equally matches it's visual counterpart, in both intensity and emotion. Whether Avatar gets the award for this nomination or not, it'll still be one of the best movie scores I've heard.
Music (Original Song): Down in New Orleans
Sound Editing: Up
Sound Mixing: Star Trek
Visual Effects: Avatar
Again, nuff' said.
Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Up in the Air
Having already won an award for the same nomination at the BAFTA's, it won't surprise me if Up in the Air grabs an Oscar.
Writing (Original Screenplay): Up
There we have it, my picks.
FYI, The reason for me not doing the BAFTA's was it was too close to the time.