Oscar Showdown Lowdown!

…and I’m spent. Sitting at the kitchen island for a quick breakfast then bedtime. Here’s my breakdown of the last 24 hours, via an ESPN-like by the numbers:

  • 24 hoursAMC Theaters Oscar Showcase 2013
  • 20 hours:19 minutes of film
  • 2h:45m worth of breaks (thanks Marc)
  • 1 participants, including yours truly
  • 9 films
  • Six 16-ounce caffeinated beverages (2 each of coffee, diet coke and eco-energy drink)
  • 2 meals
  • 1 popcorn
  • 1 soft pretzel
  • 1 8-ounce bag of Keebler fudge striped cookies
  • and 1 tired Danny!

All in all, so glad I did this. Having not seen any of the nominated films until now made it that much more fun. So…drumroll please…..here are my picks for the little golden guy to be handed out later tonight.

Original Screenplay: Django should and will win this one hands down, with a dark-horse nod to Zero Dark Thirty

Adapted Screenplay: Argo will win

Original Score: I like Lincoln for this one

Cinematography: Life of Pi

Supporting Actress: It’s a coin toss between Anne Hathaway (sorry, haters) or Sally Field. I was surprised at how amazing Field was in Lincoln

Supporting Actor: Another coin toss category between Tommy Lee Jones and Christoph Waltz…pick one.

Leading Actor: Daniel Day Lewis had this locked up when he signed on to play Honest Abe

Leading Actress: There was some debate via FB earlier about this category. The debate made me think. I like and want Jessica Chastain for this one; a friend of mine called it for Naomi Watts, another solid choice. Here’s my dark horse pick:

In 1973, Tatum O’Neil won an Oscar at age 10; in 1993, 20 years later, Anna Pacquin won at age 11. Guess what folks – – – it’s 20 years later: give Oscar to 9-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis.

Best Director: Ben Affleck. What? No? Crap – must be the sleep deprivation. This is a three-director race, between Russell, Spielberg, and Lee. Hollywood doesn’t like change too much, so call it for Spielberg.

Finally, Best Picture: If it were up to me, Django would win, no bones about it. But Argo has been the awards darling of the season, particularly with the supposed snub of Director Ben Affleck. So I think this one is a safe bet.

Alrighty folks – this is the Superbowl for film geeks – looking forward to kickoff at 8 EST, 5 PST. Thanks for following my movie marathon madness via this blog, Twitter, and Facebook.

Hooray for Hollywood!




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