I got this one right. Once it won the Eddie I figured it was a done deal. Although when Babel won Best Original Score (of all things) I felt a pang of "Oh no!"
Winner: Martin Scorsese, The Departed
Thank god for that one and now, I bet, he does a Katherine Hepburn and just wins a couple more because they're really sorry. If his Rolling Stones documentary goes theatrical this year he could very well win for that!
Forest Whitaker, The Last King of Scotland
Yeah, considering none of my favourites were nominated (to be honest though, Whitaker is the only one I have seen. Venus, Diamond and Happyness didn't interest me, and Half Nelson isn't out here yet) I suppose this is good. I just really hate that movie.
Helen Mirren, The Queen
YAWN. Lame end to her speech, as well. How "I'm the king of the world" of her. Why did they show a clip of Penelope Cruz lipsyncing though! I think even Cruz herself thought it was a joke judging from her reaction.
Best Supporting Actor:
Alan Arkin, Little Miss Sunshine - unlike Best Actor I had seen all the nominees (bar Djimon Hounsou) and none of my favourites were nominated here either, but I can be happy for Arkin. He was good enough and I'm glad he has a statue, even though (and I've said it before multiple times) he deserved one three years ago for Thirteen Conversations about One Thing. Uh-huh.
Best Supporting Actress:
Jennifer Hudson, Dreamgirls
Nothing to really say here. Seen all five and this was, I guess, my favourite. Meh. I wish they'd shown the "HERE I AM!!!" clip for Blanchett though.
Best Original Screenplay:
Michael Arndt, Little Miss Sunshine
And rightfully so, considering the nominees.
Best Adapted Screenplay:
William Monahan, The Departed
If it couldn't be the crew from Children of Men then I'm glad it was Monahan.
Guillermo Navvaro, Pan's Labyrinth
This was disappointing. The voters obviously don't have a clue what cinematography is. Right? Most definitely the worst loss of the night. Just really, really disappointing.
Thelma Schoonmaker, The Departed
Seeing Marty Scorsese crying for Thelma was lovely. I would have (much) prefered the United 93 gang, but Thelma's a classy gal, so good for her.
Best Art Direction:
Eugenio Caballero, Pilar Revuelta, Pan's Labyrinth
And deservedly so.
Best Costume Design:
Milena Canonero, Marie Antoinette
Who am I to begrudge this win? She deserves it.
Best Original Score:
Gustavo Santaolalla, Babel
The third most ridiculous win of the night. I quick glance at the soundtrack listing on iTunes shows me that the most memorable pieces ("Only Love Can Conquer Hate", "Bibo no Aozora") weren't actually by Santaolalla. Oh well. One win for the movie was enough for Oscar voters, thankfully.
Best Original Song:
An Inconvenient Truth, "I Need to Wake Up" by Melissa Etheridge
I love Melissa, I really do, I just thought this song was extremely weak for her. Oh well. The song is better than the movie that it runs over the credits for.
David Marti, Montse Ribe, Pan's Labyrinth
And deservedly so.
Best Sound Mixing:
Michael Minkler, Bob Beemer, Willie B Burton Dreamgirls
Yeah, I'm definitely okay with this one. They still snubbed the best sound work I heard all year for an eligible film (Miami Vice), so whatever.
Best Sound Effects Editing:
Alan Robert Murray, Bub Asman, Letters from Iwo Jima
As the only Best Picture contender, I don't know why more didn't predict it to win.
Best Visual Effects:
John Knoll, Hal T Hickel, Charles Gibson, Allen Hall, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
And deservedly so.
Best Animated Feature:
Happy Feet, George Miller
And here's where I hit myself over the head. I had been predicting Happy Feet all season. ALL SEASON and then at the very last minute I swapped it for Cars. Ugh. I'm a lunkhead. Why didn't I show my Aussie patriotism like I did in the Live Action Short category, even though I knew better. Ugh.
Best Foreign Language Film:
The Lives of Others, Florian Henkel von Donnersmark
I'm this (*squeezes thumb and index finger together*) close to predicting The Lives of Others, but I decided not to.
Again, I'm an idiot.
An Inconvenient Truth, Davis Guggenheim
I've already discussed this category enough lately, but notice the name next to the title. Davis Guggenheim. Yeah. HE is the Oscar winner. Not Al Gore. Please stop calling Al Gore an Academy Award winner, or saying "Al Gore collected his Academy Award..." cause he's not one. His IMDb profile does not say he won an Oscar. The Oscar website does not say he won an Oscar. Enough.
Blah blah, short movies. I'm bored with this.
Overall, I got 15 categories correct. So, that's still pretty good for a year that was so crazy. I got the top 8 all right though. So that's conselation! I'm gonna do a next-year predictions thing, which will be hilarious uneducated.