The 11th Annual Academy Award Guessing Game®
First off, it's hard to believe Mike and I have been at this 11 years. It's hard to believe we've been friends for longer. Sorry......."friends". First "blog friends", then "friends friends".
Quotes must be attributed, as I think he'd think I was suffocating him with my attention. He prefers that he keeps me at arm's length. I get it. I'm a lot.
Like last year, I wasn't sure we'd do this. Covid still reigned during the last year film releases. Anything I saw, it was on the small screen - and while several, if not all, were out in some fashion on streaming, I did not take the initiative. So the 'guessing' from the title totally applies.
Neither Mike nor I have discussed prizes. Last year, I he got a bottom of Bombay Safire Gin. Hand delivered by me, I might add! He might hope he does not win this year, as he might prefer me now showing up in person.
......btw......find someone you looks at you the way Mike looks at me!
Now......on with the game!!!
Best Picture BELFAST CODA DON'T LOOK UP DRIVE MY CAR DUNE KING RICHARD LICORICE PIZZA NIGHTMARE ALLEY THE POWER OF THE DOG WEST SIDE STORY
It's got 'dog' right in the title, so I'm sure it's cute. Actually, I'm not big on westerns or the idea of tearing down homos - in the west or otherwise. I don't even know that they do, but the previews seemed to lean that way. But it's art. West Side Story is commerce. King Richard is just out and out Oscar baiting. It could easily be CODA too......but it's ok, but not Oscar ok.
Actor in a Leading Role Javier Bardem Benedict Cumberbatch Andrew Garfield Will Smith Denzel Washington
Honestly, I think Smith has the odds, but I just can't pick him, even if it means losing to Mike. I have found him less than appealing in every.single.thing. he has ever done. Smith that is, not Mike. Kind of.
Actor in a Supporting Role Ciarán Hinds Troy Kotsur Jesse Plemons J.K. Simmons Kodi Smit-McPhee
Kotsur was the heart of CODA, one of the few movies I've seen.
Actress in a Leading Role Jessica Chastain Olivia Colman Penélope Cruz Nicole Kidman Kristen Stewart
Colman, Cruz Kidman have one already. But the Ricardos? Puh-Leese. I'm still not convince Stewart can act, so Jessica wins!
Actress in a Supporting Role Jessie Buckley Ariana DeBose Judi Dench Kirsten Dunst Aunjanue Ellis
Animated Feature Film ENCANTO FLEE LUCA THE MITCHELLS VS. THE MACHINES RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON
We've had this discussion over these 11 years. You don't fuck with Disney. Well....unless you're the Florida governor. And you don't fuck with Disney when they put out an ethnically based movie.
Cinematography DUNE NIGHTMARE ALLEY THE POWER OF THE DOG THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH WEST SIDE STORY
West. Desert. Plains. Expanses. Lighting - natural and otherwise.
Costume Design CRUELLA CYRANO DUNE NIGHTMARE ALLEY WEST SIDE STORY
Well, Dune is no Barbarella, (well, I assume - as I never saw it) so I'm going for a curve here. I saw the previews of what Emma Stone wore.
Directing BELFAST DRIVE MY CAR LICORICE PIZZA THE POWER OF THE DOG WEST SIDE STORY
Campion will be champion.
Documentary (Feature) ASCENSION ATTICA FLEE SUMMER OF SOUL (...OR, WHEN THE REVOLUTION COULD NOT BE TELEVISED) WRITING WITH FIRE
It won't win best International, but it's nominated thrice (best animation too), so maybe it'll win something?
Documentary (Short Subject) AUDIBLE LEAD ME HOME THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL THREE SONGS FOR BENAZIR WHEN WE WERE BULLIES
More deaf stuff. I said: MORE DEAF STUFF.
Film Editing DON'T LOOK UP DUNE KING RICHARD THE POWER OF THE DOG TICK, TICK...BOOM!
I don't know. Why not?
International Feature Film DRIVE MY CAR FLEE THE HAND OF GOD LUNANA: A YAK IN THE CLASSROOM THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD
You loved the Beatles song, now love the movie not actually based on the Beatles song
Makeup and Hairstyling COMING 2 AMERICA CRUELLA DUNE THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE HOUSE OF GUCCI
I want to say Dune will take it, but you gotta figure it was a LOT of hair and make-up for Tammy.
Music (Original Score) DON'T LOOK UP DUNE ENCANTO PARALLEL MOTHERS THE POWER OF THE DOG
Han Zimmer! Who doesn't love Han Zimmer??
Music (Original Song) "Be Alive" from KING RICHARD Music and Lyric by DIXSON and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter "Dos Oruguitas" from ENCANTO Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda "Down To Joy" from BELFAST Music and Lyric by Van Morrison "No Time To Die" from NO TIME TO DIE Music and Lyric by Billie Eilish and Finneas O'Connell "Somehow You Do" from FOUR GOOD DAYS Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
Honestly, I don't care who wins as long as it ain't Beyonce (no accent).
Production Design DUNE NIGHTMARE ALLEY THE POWER OF THE DOG THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH WEST SIDE STORY
the future!!! someone's gotta design it.
Short Film (Animated) AFFAIRS OF THE ART BESTIA BOXBALLET ROBIN ROBIN THE WINDSHIELD WIPER
So nice, they named it twice. 100% shot in the dark.
Short Film (Live Action) ALA KACHUU - TAKE AND RUN THE DRESS THE LONG GOODBYE ON MY MIND PLEASE HOLD
101% shot in the dark.
Sound BELFAST DUNE NO TIME TO DIE THE POWER OF THE DOG WEST SIDE STORY
I'm assuming Belfast just has lots of car bomb noises, Dog, lots of cattle noises, and West Side Story, a lot of finger clicking noises.....cool......go......crazy! Dune probably has futuristic shit they have to get across.
Visual Effects DUNE FREE GUY NO TIME TO DIE SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME
Everyone loved this movie. So, maybe? Even money that it's Dune, but.........finger's crossed.
Writing (Adapted Screenplay) CODA DRIVE MY CAR DUNE THE LOST DAUGHTER THE POWER OF THE DOG
I dunno - if it pisses Sam Elliot off, I'm ok with this. I liked CODA, but it's kinda been done before, but without all of the ASL.
Writing (Original Screenplay) BELFAST DON'T LOOK UP KING RICHARD LICORICE PIZZA THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD
I think the analogies were there. I'm ok with this.
As always, let the best man win. Let me it be me. I'm a running of out prize ideas of Mike.
Official tallies to be presented here on Tuesday.
Song by: R.E.M.