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Bab’s Oscar Picks

Here are my pics for the 83rd Academy Awards for films released in 2010. The winners will be announced in just a few hours at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.

I have 2 choices – What I wish to win and who I think the Academy will choose.

Best Picture

Wish – WINTER’S BONE

Academy – THE SOCIAL NETWORK

Best Director

W & A – David Fincher for THE SOCIAL NETWORK

Best Original Screeplay

W – THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT

A – THE KING’S SPEECH

Best Adapted Screenplay

W – WINTER’S BONE

A – THE SOCIAL NETWORK

Best Actor

W & A – Colin Firth for THE KING’S SPEECH

Best Actress

W & A – Annette Bening – THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT

Best Supporting Actor

W & A – Christian Bale for THE FIGHTER

Best Supporting Actress

W & A – Jacki Weaver for ANIMAL KINGDOM

Best Animated Film

W & A – TOY STORY 3

Best Foreign Language Film

W – BIUTIFUL

A – IN A BETTER WORLD

Best Documentary

W & A – GASLAND

Best Editing

W & A – THE SOCIAL NETWORK

Best Cinematography

W & A – TRUE GRIT

Best Art Direction

W – TRUE GRIT

A – INCEPTION

Best Costume Design

W – TRUE GRIT

A – THE KING’S SPEECH

Best Makeup

W & A – THE WOLFMAN

Best Sound Editing

W & A – INCEPTION

Best Sound Mixing

W & A – INCEPTION

Best Visual Effects

W & A – INCEPTION

Best Original Score

W – THE SOCIAL NETWORK

A – THE KING’S SPEECH

Best Original Song

W & A – TANGLED

Best Animated Short

W – THE LOST THING

A – DAY & NIGHT

Best Short Fiction

W & A – WISH 143

Best Short Documentary

W & A – KILLING IN THE NAME

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An Oscar Feast

I like to choose the food for my Oscar party to relate to the nominated best pictures. now that there is an annoying 10 nominees it has become a feast!

Here is my menu for this year……

127 Hours & Winter’s Bone – Marinated Chicken Drumettes (bone exposed) . Why? – well in 127 Hours he cut off his own arm/drummette, and in Winter’s Bone they skin a squirrel, chicken is the best bet, should I serve the drumette with a tomato based, blood like sauce?

The Social Network – Frat Boy food, I guess they would like Nachos? at my party – corn chips with a delicious home made salsa & guacamole

True Grit – I wanted to make a bean & meat stew but thought it was too much, so I will group it with the Social Network as it is Tex/Mex food and Matt Damon played a Texan.

Black Swan – well a fellow party guest made a brilliant suggestion and is making an over the top pink frosting cake, or cupcakes, a tribute to Barbara Hershey’s momma’s creation which she almost binned. Thank you SS x

The King’s Speech – I am planning on Gin jelly shots, a tribute to the Queen mum (played brilliantly by Helena Bonham Carter), as we all know, the Queen mum loved her gin, and a bet on the horses!

The Kids Are All Right – another Oscar party guest is making an organic LA food inspired salad (I am excited to taste this one), based on the fact that Mark Ruffalo’s character owned and ran a trendy LA Organic restaurant. Thanks Doris!

Toy Story 3 – a bowl of gummy bears will suffice. 3 packets as I bet they are popular.

Inception – I will design my own cocktail, as it is MY dream in MY head, I plan to add an architectural touch to the design of the cocktail. I smell a bloody mary, celery has a strong sense of design, don”t you think?

Gin shots and bloody marys! oi voi!

The Fighter – well I am obsessed with perfecting the perfect Cauliflower cheese, so be it!

Cauliflower ears from boxing – get it?

My dear friend Liz Watt’s will be in the audience cheering on our Jacki Weaver for “Animal Kingdom”.

So the “Animal Kingdom” Oscar dish?  I think it is well covered with chicken drumettes , and tomato sauce blood.

It is sure to be a fun night, I hope we don’t all vomit by the end.

Pictures to be posted after the fact.

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Fancy Frock Winners.

The costume designers guild handed out their own awards today, I am quite pleased with the results.

Period – Jenny Beaven for THE KING’S SPEECH

Fantasy – Colleen Atwood for ALICE IN WONDERLAND

Contemporary – Amy Westcott for BLACK SWAN

I was particularly happy for “Black Swan” to win, the attention to detail was divine. Sadly Amy Westcott is not up for the Oscar, contemporary films rarely get noticed by the Academy. The last time a contemporary film won an Oscar was way back in 1979 when Albert Wolsky won (deservedly)  for “All That Jazz”.

My prediction for the Oscars is “Alice In Wonderland” but “King’s Speech” may go with the sweep expected. My choice is “True Grit”, I have not seen Sandy Powell’s creations for “The Tempest”, I am sure they are excellent as her work always is. I am pleased that “I Am Love” got a nomination. Perhaps if it wins it will break the 32 year drought for a contemporary win.

I was happy that “Glee” won the TV award for contemporary – congrats to Lou Eyrich.

 

 

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List complete √

Today I went to see the last film on Oscar’s 10 best film list of nominees, therefore I can now reveal my personal choices (in order), not those that the Academy will choose.

1. WINTER’S BONE

2. THE SOCIAL NETWORK

3. TRUE GRIT

4. INCEPTION

5. BLACK SWAN

6. THE KING’S SPEECH

7. THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT

8. TOY STORY 3

9. 127 HOURS

10. THE FIGHTER.

It was a good year at the movies, of this list I enjoyed every movie and think they deserve recognition.

Filmmakers who are at the peak of their craft.

I will reveal my wish list of wins, and my predictions the day before the oscar telecast.

What is your fave film off the list?

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Meryl does Maggie.

Here is a first look of the First Lady of Film playing the Iron Lady of Politics. Meryl Streep as Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher!

Streep is in the 2nd week of filming The Iron Lady in London. The first feature from director Phyllida Lloyd since she directed Streep in Mamma Mia. Jim Broadbent plays Maggie’s hubby Dennis.

What a curiosity this film will be, but as I am not a fan of the direction of Mamma Mia I am not so sure what will become of this project, I hope it is High camp with a capital H. I know Streep can do camp quite well.

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Melissa as mutton?

Best Supporting Actress nominee Melissa Leo (The Fighter)  has personally paid for Oscar campaign ads in the trade mags and websites to boost her chances!

And they are very try hard glam pics, mutton dressed up as lamb type shots. (no offense to Melissa but I am sure I have offended)

I like Melissa Leo as an actress very much, perhaps the awards frenzy brings out a side of a person that we, as mere mortals, cannot comprehend?

Her reasoning is that she was frustrated that she has not been able to land magazine covers due to her age – 50. She blames ageism. As a hard working respectable actress does she require covers on magazines? Does she have to be considered box office? Bette Davis suffered for years the same kind of dilemma, get over it, it has been going on for ages, as old as Hollywood itself. Don’t try and pull the wool over Bab’s eyes baby.

Snakes….

I smell a snake in the grass – she wants Oscar Gold real bad. I also smell a whiff of the Sally Kirklands – Oscar nominee for “Anna” back in 1987, she seems as mad as a cut snake – in my own opinion of course. Actually as I am writing this post I am thinking that Miss Leo may become another Sally Kirkland type oddity and there hasn’t been one in quite a while – whatever happened to Sean Young? Hollywood needs in your face mad people I think.

As for our Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom), she is a class act, and would never pull a stunt like this. (aged 63 and not complaining) I just hope she wears a glamour frock on the night – forget the Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi! Oi! Oi! thing tho – she has a chance to wear Westwood, or Armani, or anyone other than Alex Perry.

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Winning Designs

Winners were announced at the Art Directors Guild Awards today

and here they are

Period Film

THE KING’S SPEECH

Production Designer: Eve Stewart

Fantasy Film

INCEPTION
Production Designer: Guy Hendrix Dyas

Contemporary Film

BLACK SWAN
Production Designer:Therese DePrez

Single Camera Television Series

MAD MEN
Episode: Public Relations
Production Designer: Dan Bishop

Television Movie or Mini-Series

SECRETS IN THE WALL
Production Designer: Robb Wilson King

Episode of a Half Hour Single-Camera Television Series

MODERN FAMILY
Episode: Halloween
Production Designer: Richard Berg

Bholu cushions feature on the set of Modern Family!

Episode of a Multi-Camera, Variety, or Unscripted Series

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
Episode: Betty White/Jay Z
Production Designer:
Keith Raywood
Eugene Lee
Akira Yoshimura
N. Joseph DeTullio

Awards, Music, or Game Shows

82nd ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS
Production Designer: David Rockwell

In the same category for the Oscars only “King’s Speech” & “Inception” have received nominations, my vote and prediction goes to “Inception”.

Congratulations  to all the fine and talented art department people involved in the winning productions.

 

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