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Yea yea yea, I know. Sports of Boston is a Boston based sports blog, so why am I writing about the Oscars? Why not? Football is over, baseball isn’t quite here yet, and the NBA is off for a few days for All-Star weekend. Plus, when was the last time (if ever) such a sporty sports movie was actually nominated for best picture? That just doesn’t happen. So without further ado, here are some of my Oscar predictions … sort of.
Animated Feature Film
What will win: Puss in Boots
What I would choose: Puss in Boots
Cats have officially taken over. However, no movie with a Cat in the lead role will ever touch one of my all time favorites growing up – Oliver and Company, but I think Puss in Boots kind of wins here. I’m not going to pretend that I have actually watched all of the movies nominated, but there isn’t much competition this year. Rango? Kung Fu Panda 2? Ehh. I’ll stick with the Cats.
Actor In A Supporting Role
Who will win: Jonah Hill, Money ball.
Who I would choose: Jonah Hill, Money ball.
What a weak year this has been. I didn’t ‘love’ Money ball, but I liked it and I thought Jonah Hill was good. Better than anyone in the incredibly boring Extremely loud and Incredibly close. I also really liked Nick Nolte in Warrior, but Jonah Hill gets the nod because I really like Jonah Hill. Superbad, Knocked up, Forgetting Sarah Marshall … don’t change, Jonah.
Actress In A Leading Role
Who will win: Viola Davis, The Help.
Who I would choose: Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
No, I didn’t watch The Help. Why do I think Viola Davis will win? Because is there a more ‘Academy will love it’ movie than The Help? I’m sure Viola Davis was fine, and I’m sure The Help was good, but I really enjoyed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and I thought Rooney Mara was really good in it.
Actor In A Leading Role
Who Will Win: Jean Dujardin, The Artist.
Who I would choose: George Clooney, The Descendants.
I love George Clooney. He’s one of the few people I would trade places with in a second. So in that regard I have a rather large bias for the Cloon. However, I think The Artist will win just about every award they have a nomination for.
What Will Win: The Artist.
What I would choose: Money ball.
I would give it to Money Ball by default. Like I said before, this has been a terrible year for movies. The Descendants was just OK. I thought Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close was boring. The Tree of Life was somewhat interesting … but I enjoyed Money Ball ten times more than any of those movies. This is obviously coming from a sports fan, and I understand the inaccuracies in the story, but I still liked it mainly because I was a fan of that Oakland Athletics team. It was odd that the big three – Barry Zito, Mark Mulder, and Tim Hudson were basically left out of the story, but I didn’t let it bother me. Just the fact that a movie like this was made, staring Brad Pitt of all people, was just really cool to me. The Money Ball Oakland A’s had no business having a movie made about them, but Hollywood pulled it off. I was impressed. With all of that being said, I’d be shocked if The Artist doesn’t win best picture. It seems like that movie has all the momentum leading up the Oscars Sunday night.