Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

Screenwriter gets the Oscars 100 percent correct.

I would not be human if I did not crow a little. Yesterday, this “blog” offered predictions for Oscar nominations in the best picture, best director, best actor and best actress races. How did we do? 25 out of 25. …

Tue, Jan 25, 2011, 18:19

   

I would not be human if I did not crow a little. Yesterday, this “blog” offered predictions for Oscar nominations in the best picture, best director, best actor and best actress races. How did we do? 25 out of 25. That’s how. Last year’s 23 out of 25 wasn’t bad, but, at this rate, Screenwriter will soon be elevated to the status of mystic sage.

Get it?

Okay, by my own admission, many of the races seemed comfortably sewn up ages ago. But we did stick out necks out in a few places. Most pundits thought that Christopher Nolan would sneak in ahead of the Coens in the director category. Javier Bardem was a mild outsider in the best actor competition. At any rate, you will look far and wide before finding any internet pundit who has done quite so well. Crow, crow, crow.

Okay, I must reluctantly admit that, in a previous post, I got things totally wrong as regards the best foreign language picture. Live Above All, my sure-fire pick for winner, didn’t even make the final five. Equally surprisingly, the excellent Dogtooth, which I thought too worrying for that electorate, did appear on the short list. For the first time in living memory, we tip our hats to the voters in that category.

To be fair, if you look down the list, you will find that the Academy did make some admirable choices. Everyone knew that Toy Story 3 and How to Train Your Dragon would (deservedly) make it into the best animated feature shortlist, but few of us dared to hope that The Illusionist would take the third place. Yet there it is. Bravo!

Banksy’s brilliant Exit Through the Gift Shop looked a bit off-beam — not to mention English — to secure a position in the best documentary showdown. They surprised us there as well. There’s hope for the creaky old Oscars yet.

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