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The 82nd annual Academy Awards will air this Sunday, and it’s time to place your bets on the winners. There’s been a bit of controversy surrounding the awards this year, with a Hurt Locker producer being banned from the ceremony due to an ethically questionable email campaign. Also adding spice to the occasion is the fact that the directors of the two front-runners for the “Best picture” category, James Cameron (Avatar) and Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker), are ex-spouses, though neither claims any acrimony with the other.

With a great crop of movies up for awards, and with hosting duties falling to the awesome Alec Baldwin and the acceptable Steve Martin, it should be a great night for the movies.

Below are our predictions for the winners in the major categories. The film/person that, in our opinion, WILL win will be in bold and the film/person that SHOULD win will be italicized.

Once you’ve read ours, hit the comments and leave your own predictions. The Insider with the most correct picks will win a fabulous prize: the delicious, indescribable warmth that comes from being more right than everyone else. Here we go:

Best picture

“The Hurt Locker”
“Precious: Based on the novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
“Up in the Air”
“Inglourious Basterds”
“The Blind Side”
“District 9″
“An Education”
“A Serious Man”

Best actor

George Clooney, “Up in the Air”
Jeff Bridges, “Crazy Heart”
Colin Firth, “A Single Man”
Morgan Freeman, “Invictus”
Jeremy Renner, “The Hurt Locker”

Best actress

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

Best supporting actor

Matt Damon, “Invictus”
Woody Harrelson, “The Messenger”
Christopher Plummer, “The Last Station”
Stanley Tucci, “The Lovely Bones”
Christoph Waltz, “Inglourious Basterds”

Best supporting actress

Vera Farmiga, “Up in the Air”
Mo’Nique, “Precious”
Anna Kendrick, “Up in the Air”
Penelope Cruz, “Nine”
Maggie Gyllenhaal, “Crazy Heart”

Best director

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

Best animated feature

“Fantastic Mr. Fox”
“The Princess and the Frog”
“The Secret of Kells”

Best original screenplay

“The Hurt Locker”
“Inglourious Basterds”
“The Messenger”
“A Serious Man”

Best adapted screenplay

“District 9″
“An Education”
“In the Loop”
“Up in the Air”

5 Responses to “(R)editorial: 2010 Oscar Predictions”

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    rb [visitor]

    Agree with all your BOLD predictions, except for best movie. After seeing both Avatar and Hurt Locker, definitely think Hurt Locker deserves to and will win best movie. Hurt Locker is equal to The Deer Hunter.. both excellent movies defining inner human experiences with war. Avatar is just an overblown, computerized, special effects Disney-like movie with blue aliens and iron-man like robots…and sooooooooo predictable that the main ‘humans’ will end up accepting and preferring the ‘alien’ lifestyle/world.

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    Shemp Howard [shemp-howard]

    Shane’s picks are in lock-step with my own with one exception: Best Picture.

    I agree with rb that “The Hurt Locker” will probably receive the award, even with the controversy.

    My favourite of the nominated films is a “A Serious Man”; but this film was targeted to such a narrow audience, that few if any will really appreciated it.

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    WingTipSchu [wingtipschu]

    The only category where I saw all the films was Best Actor.

    Jeremy Renner, “The Hurt Locker” gave the best performance.

    Followed in descending order:

    Jeff Bridges, “Crazy Heart”
    George Clooney, “Up in the Air”
    Morgan Freeman, “Invictus”
    Colin Firth, “A Single Man”

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    I hope that Inglourious Basterds wins more Oscars than that! The Hurt Locker is an overrated movie.

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    MovieWatcherSupreme [moviewatchersupreme]

    Pretty much the same as everyone else, I agree with Shane’s predictions. But I also agree with his prediction for Best Picture. I have seen “Avatar” and “Hurt Locker” and while I loved them both, “Avatar” wins over “Hurt Locker” in my mind. With “The Hurt Locker” it was just more of the same kinda military stuff we have seen before, while the story was inventive, it just doesn’t stack up. Maybe it is the constant desensitization from the Major Media constantly hammering this military stuff into our heads, hard to say. “Avatar” though, it was just beautiful. Like take the plants for example, those amazing luminous plants that they just made up for the movie and their beauty and abundance in some shots is just overwhelming. It is like that for any other part of the movie too.
    Good Call’s Shane!