2009 Liberty Theatre Oscar Contest
I am passionate about movies. I love watching them and I love telling others interesting things about the movie itself and the actors in it. So when the local theatre announced that they would hold an Oscar voting contest last year, I was more than thrilled! Finally, something that I can channel my totally useless knowledge into and maybe win! The prize was a Big Bucket o' Candy and two, 5-punch passes to the theater. That's 10 trips to the movies folks! It took me a few days to think about it, but then I submitted my ballot and waited for Sunday to roll around. I have never enjoyed watching an Oscar telecast as much as I did last year. One- because the ceremony itself was great. Hugh Jackman was a fabulous host. Two- because every time I got a pick correct, I got so excited! Especially on the ones I wasn't so sure about. I ended up winning with 16 out 17 correct, missing only Best Original Song. Last year was relatively easy however. Slumdog Millionaire won everything. All year. This year is a totally different story. Once again the theatre is holding their Oscar contest. But instead of picking in just 17 categories, they are having you vote for all 24. That means all the documentaries, animated shorts, live action shorts, etc. We don't really get any of those types of movies to Pagosa, so I have been doing a lot of reading on all the nominated films in their respective categories. This year there is also quite the fight for well, everything. There are a few shoe-in's such as Christoph Waltz, who has won every Best Supporting Actor award presented this entire year. His performance in Inglourious Basterds was PHENOMENAL! He spoke German, French, Italian and English in the movie and his acting is some of the best I've ever seen. He deserves to win. The Best Supporting Actress winner is also a for sure, as Mo'nique has won almost as many awards as Christoph Waltz in their supporting categories. But other than that, it's a real toss up. But the Best Picture winner is the REAL who knows. Especially since there are 10 Best Picture nominees this year (compared to the usual 5) and the Best Picture vote is done by preferential ballot. So it's really anyone's Oscar to win since you just don't vote for who you think should be the clear winner, but you rank your choices. Meaning the movie with the most top votes comes out the winner- even if that movie is in the 2nd or 3rd most spot through out the voting. It's confusing. And it means that movies that have won most of the prestigious awards all season, like The Hurt Locker, might not come away with the top prize. Instead "loosing" out to a film like Inglourious Basterds (which is actually a very good film all the way around and you should look for it to also win Best Original Screen Play (Tarantino has won a Best Original Screen Play Oscar before) and possibly Best Cinematography- though I think that will go to The Hurt Locker.) I am looking forward to this Sunday as much as I did last year. Not really for the show itself as there are a lot of changes to the ceremony that aren't thrilling (we won't go there) but because I have REALLY put a lot of thought to my votes this year. And I hope to come up victorious. As my husband says, I don't just like to win. I like to win big. So here are my choices in all categories. I will post again after Sunday night's show with my thoughts on the winners!