Sunday, March 07, 2010

The Collective Mind of the Birdbath Predicts the Oscars (2010 Edition)

Each year since 2000, I've hosted what I jokingly call "Mark's Oscar Birdbath"... it's just not right to call it an Oscar Pool when there's no money involved. I invite folks from throughout my life (past & present churches, high school friends, family, gamer buddies, etc.) to participate. (Don't be miffed if you weren't asked to join - what with the compiling of the Five & Dime reports and life in general, I don't want to get too big a crowd playing.)

This year, 23 folks are participating... and here's what THEY think will be the winners this year. (This is based on their entries - when the voting is tight, I'm listing multiple entries.)
  • BEST PICTURE: Avatar
  • BEST DIRECTOR: James Cameron
  • BEST ACTOR: Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart)
  • BEST ACTRESS: Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side)
  • BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Christoph Waltz (Inglorious Basterds)
  • BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Mo'Nique, (Precious)
  • ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Inglorious Basterds
  • ADAPATED SCREENPLAY: Precious OR Up in the Air
  • CINEMATOGRAPHY: Avatar
  • FILM EDITING: Avatar
  • ART DIRECTION: Avatar
  • COSTUME DESIGN: Nine
  • ACHIEVEMENT IN ORIGINAL MUSIC: Up
  • BEST ORIGINAL SONG: "The Weary Kind" (Crazy Heart)
  • ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKEUP: Star Trek
  • ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND EDITING: Avatar OR Star Trek
  • ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND MIXING: Avatar
  • ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECTS: Avatar
  • BEST ANIMNATED FEATURE: Up
  • BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: Das weisse Band - Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte (Germany) OR Un proph├Ęte (France)
  • BEST DOCUMENTARY: Food, Inc.
  • BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT: The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant
  • BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT: Miracle Fish
  • BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM: A Matter of Loaf & Death
Come back on Monday & see how the collective mind of "my friends" did this time around... and find out who won the Birdbath! A couple of "I'd like to thank the Academy"-ish kind of things to close this post out:
  • Thanks to Steve Stigler & his buddies from high school (especially Chris Newcomb), who first introduced me to Oscar Pools and the musical stylings of Stephen Sondheim when we were students together at Baylor University
  • Thanks to Matt Baldwin, whose website, Defective Yeti, is the one who makes it so darn easy for me to maintain the Birdbath

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