At one point in my life, Oscar night meant nothing more than settling in on the couch, watching the red carpet and calling friends about fashion missteps and award show surprises. Even then, when there was nothing on the line, I was hesitant to make extensive predictions about winners. No Oscars pool for me! A printable ballot? A waste of paper, thank you very much. Part of the fun of the night was changing my mind right up until the envelope was opened, and "predicting" anything stripped me of that unalienable right.
Fast forward, and now I have no choice. So I offer up to you, my best Oscar guesses. This is where my thoughts are at this exact moment in time, and I can make no promises that there might not be a switch or two come Sunday. Take a gander, let me know what you think in the comments.
Best Picture: "The King’s Speech."
Best Actor: Colin Firth. (If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times. It’s his time!)
Supporting Actor: Geoffrey Rush. (He’s just so Oscar-ly.)
Best Actress:The best campaign out there has been for Annette Bening, and I’m going with her, too.
Supporting Actress: This is a tough category. I do think Melissa Leo’s glitzy ad campaign detracted from how good she really is, so she’s out. My best guess: a “surprise” winner in Jacki Weaver, from “Animal Kingdom.”
Director: Tom Hooper, “The King’s Speech.”
Writing, adapted screenplay: Aaron Sorkin,“The Social Network.”
Animated Feature: "Toy Story 3."
Documentary: “Inside Job.”
Music, original score: “The King’s Speech.”