- Score: we picked The Queen or Pan's Labyrinth (rather than Babel)
- Original Song: we picked "Our Town" (rather than "I Need To Wake Up" - serves us right for forgetting that these folks who drove to the Oscars in multiple gas-guzzling limos want to vote for stuff that's enviromentally friendly)
- Animated Feature: we picked Cars (rather than Happy Feet - see gripey enviromental comment above)
- Foreign Film: we picked Pan's Labyrinth (rather than The Lives of Others)
- Animated Short: we picked The Little Matchgirl or No Time For Nuts (rather than The Danish Poet)
All in all, not a bad performance from the 45 of us, eh?!
And speaking of not-bad performances, I was pleasantly surprised by how watchable the Oscar broadcast was this year. Some highlights:
- Ellen, who was low-key & funny... and, for the most part, not terribly political in her humor
- the show-stopping production number from Will Ferrell, Jack Black & John O'Reilly... unlike many of the big numbers from previous years, this one was INTENTIONALLY funny
- the dance troupe who did the shadow pictures
- acceptance speeches that, for the most part, didn't devolve into blubbering or silliness
- the video pieces... esp. the president's speech, the foreign film montage, and Errol Morris' opening interviews w/the nominees
As for the actual awards, I'm a bit miffed about Cars getting passed over, but not surprised when I think about it. Sigh.