2. Up in the Air
4. Precious: Based on the Novel PUSH by Sapphire
Commentary - I appreciated Bigelow's work in The Hurt Locker, considering its budget. It was a well put together film, and Cameron has already won, so I would have voted for Bigelow. My next pick would have been Tarantino, as he is one of the greatest working directors out there.
Academy Winner/My Pick - Jeff Bridges "Crazy Heart"
Commentary - Maybe it is because I know in hindsight that Colin Firth was going to win this year, but I think either way, I would have gone with Bridges. Not only was he overdue, but he was absolutely fantastic in Crazy Heart, which I think should have gotten one of those ten spots for Best Picture.
Commentary - I love Sandra Bullock, and was genuinely happy that she finally got some recognition. That being said, I was completely stunned by Gabby Sidibe's performance in Precious. To see her in an interview, being vibrant and vivacious, to then seeing her heart-breaking, jaw-dropping work, that was gritty, honest, and emotional shows me that she is a talent we should be watching in the next couple of years. She would have gotten my vote.
Best Supporting Actor
Academy Winner - Christoph Waltz "Inglourious Basterds"
My Pick - Christopher Plummer "The Last Station"
Commentary - Christoph Waltz definitely deserved this Oscar. But I consider Christopher Plummer to be one of the greatest actors in the English language, and the fact that this is his first Oscar nomination is an absolute travesty, and a black mark on the Academy's record. So my vote would have gone to Plummer, out of pure recognition for one of the best.
Best Supporting Actress
Academy Winner/My Pick - Mo'Nique "Precious: Based on the Novel PUSH by Sapphire"
Commentary - Up until the last scene, I thought Mo'Nique was great, but wasn't sure why she was so far ahead in this race. Then I saw here break down, and I realized just how talented Mo'Nique really is, and just how powerful this performance was. Plus I admire her snubbing of too much campaigning and relying in the performance itself. By God, it worked.
Commentary - In a jam-packed year for Animation with Fantastic Mr. Fox, Princess and the Frog, and Coraline, Pixar once again proved to be ahead of the pack, and Up was definitely one of their best.
Best Documentary Feature
Academy Winner/My Pick - The Cove
Commentary - No doubt the best of the bunch, plain and simple.
Best Foreign Language Film
Academy Winner - El Secreto De Sus Ojos
My Pick - Un Prophete
Commentary - No offense to El Secreto De Sus Ojos which was a nice film from Argentina, but there was no better film in any language that Un Prophete, and it was robbed of a well-deserved Oscar.