Saturday, February 24, 2007

Oscar Predictions

Best Picture:

Should and Will Win:The Departed: Everything you want in a great movie: exciting plot, unbelievable cast, entertaining and intelligent. It's not The Godfather, but it gets close.

But hedging my bets: Babel could win. I liked the film which is supposed to be a critique of globalization, kind of "why can't we get along?" The "story" doesn't make a of sense, but some of the scenes like the North African mountains, Mexico, Tokyo are fantastic.

Best Director:

Should Win: Clint Eastwood for Letter from Iwo Jima. The movie is a masterpiece anti-war/war film in the same league of All Quiet on the Western Front and Grand Illusion. Eastwood as a director is not only talent, but also has a wonderful taste and style, and a lot of courage.

But Martin Scorsese will win for The Departed. It's time for him to get one. He is certainly one of the best film directors.

Best Actor:

Forest Whitaker should and will get it for playing Idi Amin better than Idi Amin himself in The Last King of Scotland.But there is a always a chance that the guys in Hollywood will feel sorry for Peter Otoole who should have won a Oscar for Lawrence of Arabia which I loved and give it to him this time for his role in Venus which I hated (imagine a soft porno movie filmed in an intensive care unit of an hospital or a senior citizen home).

Best Actress:

Yes, Helen Mirren should and will get it for playing Queen Elizabeth in The Queen. I liked her since watching Prime Suspect and here she is a Queen.

And I also liked this year Notes on a Scandal, Little Children, Blood Diamond, Little Miss Sunshine, Pan's Labyrinth, and The Good Shepherd. I hope they'll win something tomorrow.