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Ten questions heading into Oscar night

The blockbuster "Avatar" has earned nearly $2.6 billion and is a frontrunner at the Oscars.
The blockbuster "Avatar" has earned nearly $2.6 billion and is a frontrunner at the Oscars.
  1. What is the ratio of dollars (in gross) to Academy Awards going to be for the über-mega financial success "Avatar"? Well, the James Cameron creation is closing in on $2.6 billion in worldwide box office receipts, and I'm predicting it will win seven Oscars. That's $371,428,571 per Oscar. 
  2. Which member of the short-lived marriage between Cameron and Kathryn Bigelow will win Best Director? Experts are favoring Bigelow, and I also think she'll top her ex in this category. 
  3. Will Sandra Bullock defeat Meryl Streep and win an Oscar for her first nomination in the same year she made "All About Steve"? The answer is yes, kids. It's okay to cry. 
  4. Will "The Hurt Locker" win for Best Original Screenplay or will Quentin Tarantino and his "Inglourious Basterds" get a much-deserved accolade? Look for "The Hurt Locker" and its WGA-winning script to get the nod here. 
  5. Can anyone stop Christoph Waltz of "Basterds" from winning in the Best Supporting Actor category? No, stupid question. 
  6. Will the visual effects and art direction awards go to "Avatar"? I'll bet you $2.6 billion they will. 
  7. Has anyone outside of Los Angeles seen the Live Action Short Films? Probably a few people in Sweden, where frontrunner "Instead of Abracadabra" was created.
  8. Have Jeff Bridges (Best Actor) and Mo'Nique (Best Supporting Actress) already written their acceptance speeches? They should have, because it's been clear for weeks that both are going to win tonight. 
  9. Does anyone watching the Academy Awards actually know what's going to win for Best Foreign Film? Probably not, but there will be the one person in your office pool who somehow saw "The White Ribbon" and judges you for not picking it too. 
  10. Who will win for Best Picture between "Avatar" and "The Hurt Locker"? If I had an IED strapped to my leg and I had two seconds to pick, I'd go with "The Hurt Locker", mainly because it has better acting, better writing, better personality and is all-around a better movie. Besides those factors, though, it's a tough call. 


  • forget_the_science_of_it 5 years ago

    Great predictions. This blog post delivers.

  • Austin Sisson 5 years ago

    nice work, Andrew. you were pretty much spot on!

  • JL Sanders 5 years ago

    Incredible predictions. Are you sure you posted this BEFORE the Awards? Great insights Andrew!

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