Oscar Picks

I love awards season! I think the years as a speech coach has made me like awards shows even more, since every speech tournament ended with a 45 minute awards ceremony. Some of the awards shows are really a joke (the Blockbuster Awards? Kids Choice? Please.). But there are four that I watch without fail: the Emmys, the Golden Globes, the Tonys, and the Oscars. Since the Oscars are this Sunday, I thought I’d post my dream picks–these are not intended to reflect anything other than my own opinion about acting and filmmaking–so please, no (or little) judgment.

Best Picture: I’m not really qualified, having only seen “Little Miss Sunshine,” but from what I’ve read, I pick “Letters From Iwo Jima.”

Best Director: Part of me says to just give it to Scorsese already, but I really like Paul Greengrass’ style of filmmaking.

Best Actor: Ryan Gosling. If only because Forest Whitaker is simply impersonating someone. True, that takes talent, but it takes just as much–and I would argue more–talent to create a character from scratch.

Best Actress: Kate Winslet. See above reason…plus, I just love Winslet. I’d watch her read a phone book.

Best Supporting Actor: Alan Arkin. Bother my grandpas have been dead for many years, and I haven’t missed them in a long time…until I saw Arkin so sweetly encourage little Abigail Breslin. Plus, he was hilarious.

Best Supporting Actress: Why not Jennifer Hudson? She’s won everything else.

Those are just the “big awards”–I’m much too sleepy to go through the rest of them. I’m probably way off on all my picks, but a girl can dream!

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