The Fourth Annual Gone Elsewhere Oscar Challenge

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Here I go again with another Oscar Challenge. It’s simple–just pick the winner in each of the 24 categories.

I suggest you simply cut and paste the list of categories below in a comment and type your choice of winner next to it. If you change your mind, either edit your comment or post a new one. I will take your last predictions as official.

Best Picture:
Best Director:
Best Actor:
Best Actress:
Best Supporting Actor:
Best Supporting Actress:
Best Original Screenplay:
Best Adapted Screenplay:
Best Foreign Language Film:
Best Animated Film:
Best Cinematography:
Best Editing:
Best Art Direction:
Best Costume Design:
Best Song:
Best Musical Score:
Best Documentary Feature:
Best Documentary Short Subject:
Best Makeup:
Best Animated Short Subject:
Best Live Action Short Subject:
Best Sound Editing:
Best Sound Mixing:
Best Visual Effects:

The nominees can be found all over the web, including here.

Deadline will be noon blog-time on Sunday the 26th. The Oscar show is that night.

About Jackrabbit Slim

Location: Vegas, Baby! I’m much older than the other whippersnappers here, a baby boomer. I tend to be more snobbish about film, disdaining a lot of the multiplex fare for “cinema.” My favorite films: Woody Allen’s oeuvre (up until about 1990), The Godfather, The Graduate, A Hard Day’s Night, Pulp Fiction. Politics: Well, George McGovern was my political hero. I’m also a prickly atheist. Occupation: Poised to be an English teacher in Las Vegas. For many years I was an editor at Penthouse Magazine. My role on this blog seems to be writing lots of reviews and being the resident Oscar maven.

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  1. Do we get a complimentary package of the Oscar cookies you have left? If so, I will play to *compete*.

  2. None of these picks have anything to do with my personal likes / dislikes.

    Best Picture: “The Artist”
    Best Director: “The Artist” Michel Hazanavicius
    Best Actor: Jean Dujardin in “The Artist”
    Best Actress: Viola Davis in “The Help”
    Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer in “Beginners”
    Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer in “The Help”
    Best Original Screenplay: “A Separation”
    Best Adapted Screenplay: “The Descendants”
    Best Foreign Language Film: “A Separation” Iran
    Best Animated Film: “Rango”
    Best Cinematography: “The Artist”
    Best Editing: “Hugo”
    Best Art Direction: “Hugo”
    Best Costume Design: “The Artist”
    Best Song: “Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets”
    Best Musical Score: “The Artist”
    Best Makeup: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”
    Best Sound Editing: “Hugo”
    Best Sound Mixing: “Hugo”
    Best Visual Effects: “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”

  3. Looks like it may just be me and you, Juan. Fifty/fifty shot.

    Best Picture: The Artist
    Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius
    Best Actor: Jean Dujardin
    Best Actress: Viola Davis
    Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer
    Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer
    Best Original Screenplay: Midnight in Paris
    Best Adapted Screenplay: The Descendants
    Best Foreign Language Film: In Darkness
    Best Animated Film: Rango
    Best Cinematography: The Artist
    Best Editing: The Artist
    Best Art Direction: Hugo
    Best Costume Design: The Artist
    Best Song: Real in Rio
    Best Musical Score: The Artist
    Best Documentary Feature: Paradise Lost 3
    Best Documentary Short Subject: God is the Bigger Elvis
    Best Makeup: The Iron Lady
    Best Animated Short Subject: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
    Best Live Action Short Subject: The Shore
    Best Sound Editing: Hugo
    Best Sound Mixing: Hugo
    Best Visual Effects: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

  4. Best Picture: The Artist
    Best Director: Terrence Malick
    Best Actor: Jean DuJardin
    Best Actress: Viola Davis
    Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer
    Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer
    Best Original Screenplay: Margin Call
    Best Adapted Screenplay: Moneyball
    Best Foreign Language Film: A Separation
    Best Animated Film: Rango
    Best Cinematography: The Artist
    Best Editing: Hugo
    Best Art Direction: The Artist
    Best Costume Design: The Artist
    Best Song: Man or Muppet
    Best Musical Score: Hugo
    Best Documentary Feature: If a Tree Falls….
    Best Documentary Short Subject: The Tsunami and The Cherry Blossom
    Best Makeup: Albert Nobbs
    Best Animated Short Subject: The Fantastic Flying Books…
    Best Live Action Short Subject: The Shore
    Best Sound Editing: Drive
    Best Sound Mixing: Tranformers
    Best Visual Effects: Hugo (For the opening shot alone)

  5. I’ve seen a whopping two of the nominated films, so I’m a little out of the loop this year:

    Best Picture: The Artist
    Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius
    Best Actor: George Clooney
    Best Actress: Viola Davis
    Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer
    Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer
    Best Original Screenplay: Midnight in Paris
    Best Adapted Screenplay: Moneyball
    Best Foreign Language Film: A Separation
    Best Animated Film: Rango
    Best Cinematography: Hugo
    Best Editing: Hugo
    Best Art Direction: Hugo
    Best Costume Design: Hugo
    Best Song: Man or Muppet
    Best Musical Score: The Artist
    Best Documentary Feature: Paradise Lost 3
    Best Documentary Short Subject: Saving Face
    Best Makeup: Albert Nobbs
    Best Animated Short Subject: La Luna
    Best Live Action Short Subject: Raju
    Best Sound Editing: Transformers
    Best Sound Mixing: Transformers
    Best Visual Effects: Transformers (bad movie: but the effects were practically photo realistic at times – exceptional work)

  6. Best Picture: The Artist
    Best Director: Hazanavicius
    Best Actor: Clooney
    Best Actress: Davis
    Best Supporting Actor: Plummer
    Best Supporting Actress: Bejo
    Best Original Screenplay: Midnight in Paris
    Best Adapted Screenplay: Moneyball
    Best Foreign Language Film: A Separation
    Best Animated Film: Rango
    Best Cinematography: The Artist
    Best Editing: The Artist
    Best Art Direction: Hugo
    Best Costume Design: The Artist
    Best Song: Muppets
    Best Musical Score: The Artist
    Best Documentary Feature: Undefeated
    Best Documentary Short Subject: Incident in New Baghdad
    Best Makeup: Harry Potter 7.2
    Best Animated Short Subject: Wild Life
    Best Live Action Short Subject: Pentecost
    Best Sound Editing: Transformers
    Best Sound Mixing: War Horse
    Best Visual Effects: Rise of the Planet

  7. As to who I’d like to see win

    Hugo
    Gary Oldman
    Christopher Plummer
    Michelle Williams cause she seems like a nice person
    Not Melissa McCarthy or Octavia Spenser
    Bret McKenzie for “Man or Muppet” cause Flight of the Conchords rocks
    Rise of the Planet of the Apes for Visual Effects
    Harry Potter for Makeup (cause the other two are jokes – the kind of crap that almost always wins. I was soooo happy when The Wolfman won last year. A rare correct choice)

    Finally – I don’t have a horse in the Best Director race, but it would be nice to know a dark horse can win now and then – so Terence Malick. Nut up, Academy.

    If I could add an award – most entertaining nude scene would go to Stephen Fry for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.

  8. After that opening I think it’s safe to say the best word to describe the show will be “underwhelming”.

  9. Agreed on the bizarrely random montage – what in the world was that? It’s like any movie could have made it on there. Where was the Tom Berenger epic Sniper? That’s the kind of thing they need to start cutting. Maybe save ’em for the decade markers.

    I did enjoy the Wizard of Oz test screening bit. It wasn’t great, but will probably be a highlight tonight.

  10. Is Hugo going to win Picture tonight? It’s cleaning up so far. I’d love for it to happen, but … it can’t, right?

    Where’s Jackrabbit Slim tonight? His Oscartise is needed here.

  11. It was expected to go that way. It’s kind of lame how far out the winners get pegged. Now The Artist’s director has won – so it’s pretty much 100%.

  12. I wish they’d hurry up. There’s an episode of The Simpsons I missed the first time around up next. I’d like to switch over.

  13. I’m here. I liked the show, though I agree with some of your points. It was snappy. Could have done without Cirque Du Soleil.

    JS: 16
    Juan: 14
    Filmman: 11
    James; 11
    Brian: 11

    My math may be fuzzy, it’s late.

    I think the biggest surprise was Dragon Tattoo for editing and Meryl Streep were the biggest surprises.

    Yeah for Mark Bridges, who I went to college with, who won for Best Costume Design but somehow did not thank me.

  14. Just a joke.

    I know a guy who knows a guy who knows the chick who sang during the In Memorium deal. So there’s that.

  15. Following the results online, my hunch that Hugo could win seemed to be coming to pass but when it counted it was ‘The Artist’ all the way.

    Happy that Allen got the Oscar for MIP, as well as Plummer getting one for Beginners. Happy that Dujardin got the Oscar as I thought he was a bit better than Clooney who tried hard but had a show-off element of ‘look at me, how atypical my performance is!’ imo in it.

    While I thought Hugo was a better made film, I can understand why ‘The Artist’ won but I don’t think it’s the type of film to stand up to repeat viewings so will be seen as one of the lesser BP winners as the years pass.

  16. Agreed about The Artist, Marco. It’s basically a novelty film, and while it has its charms, it’s awfully thin beyond the whole silent movie gimmick.

    I was happy that A Separation won, though. Probably the only award I was really pleased about it a year that was almost entirely devoid of interesting choices among the nominations. Streep’s win was an embarrassment, IMO.

  17. Streep an embarrassment? In a world where Marisa Tomei has won an Oscar but not Stanley Kubrick? Hardly.
    She more than deserves it. It was her first win, right?

  18. No it was her third.

    And what does Marisa Tomei have to do with anything? Streep’s performance in The Iron Lady was bad. And it was worse than the other nominees she was competing against.

  19. Oh, her third? Really? well, in that case, the fact that no one from A Separation was nominated…some of the best acting I’ve ever SEEN, then yes, it was an easy embarrassment. My apologies.
    And why wasn’t The Artist classified a foreign film? Serious question.

  20. Foreign films need to be foreign-language, and as far as I know The Artist was English-language all around even though it was made by French filmmakers.

    Meryl previously won Best Actress for Sophie’s Choice and Best Supporting Actress for Kramer vs. Kramer.

  21. If you can believe it, Streep once went 5 years between nominations, between Postcards from the Edge and The Bridges of Madison County. Such a thing is unthinkable today.

  22. But the director of the Artist said: “…[but] to be standing here, with this statue…when we made the film, we didn’t even have distribution.”
    So the only reason it’s not foreign language is because Harvey Weinstein anointed it? What a fucking embarrassment.

  23. I actually never had a problem with Marisa Tomei taking home an Oscar. I think we can all point to more ridiculous wins over the past twenty years.

  24. I didn’t watch the Awards, but Billy Crystal’s forehead was so smooth you could project onto it. I was going to say that he never seemed to be that vain to me, but then I realized that was absurd.

  25. The Foreign film nominations are determined after each country submits an entry, then those are screened by academy viewers and five nominees are chosen. It’s been a long-criticized system. Also, in order to be considered a “foreign language” film it has to be in a foreign language, and The Artist’s original language is English (the title cards and what little dialogue there is in English). I certainly wouldn’t call it a fucking embarrassment that a film in the English language wasn’t nominated for Best Foreign Language film.

    Films that are in English from England, Canada, South Africa, Ireland, etc. are not eligible for the Foreign Language Oscar.

  26. So the only reason it’s not foreign language is because Harvey Weinstein anointed it?

    What? That’s quite a logical leap, and in fact, the circumstances you describe suggest the opposite. The Weinsteins hadn’t picked it up yet when it was made, meaning it was made in English before the Weinsteins got their mitts on it.

    It’s set in Hollywood. I don’t know why you think it should be French except that the filmmakers are French. But foreign filmmakers work in Hollywood all the time, then and now.

  27. Ahhhh….so…..huh. Okay, I didn’t get it with Slim’s comment, but with Brian’s I do. It was made in America? They made it private funding. If Hollywood had made it, then it would have been released by a studio. It’s a private FRENCH film that didn’t have a distributor. How do you know Weinstein didn’t place the title cards in English?
    It’s a fucking embarrassment that it wasn’t a foreign language film simply because it was *silent*.
    (Sorry, that’s the last time I’ll reference the f-bomb again)

  28. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon won Best Foreign Language Film AND was nominated for Best Picture. It’s not an either or situation.

  29. Okay, that changes things.
    Then do those who also saw The Artist agree The Separation was superior?

  30. An animated film could also get a Best Picture nod despite the new Best Animated Film category. That won’t happen, though, as the Academy pretty much created that category to get people off their backs for not nominating animated films. It’s almost surprising they haven’t created some Best Comedy categories, cause people complain (justly) about them not honoring comedies all the time.

  31. An animated film could also get a Best Picture nod despite the new Best Animated Film category. That won’t happen, though, as the Academy pretty much created that category to get people off their backs for not nominating animated films.

    Up and Toy Story 3 both got Best Picture nominations in addition to Best Animated Film.

  32. I’ve never cared about the Spirit Awards. Not sure what their purpose is now that the studios shunt their Oscar stuff to their “indie” dependents anyway.

  33. I don’t care about the Spirit awards, either. When the same movie wins the Oscar and the Spirit Award it’s a sign they’re on the way out, like the Cable Ace Awards.

  34. I haven’t watched the Independent Spirit Awards since around 1996, but I’d imagine they’ll stick around for a bit since IFC can only show Portlandia, Office Space and The Prophecy 2 so many times in a broadcast week.

  35. The great irony of ‘The Artist’ Oscar success is that many of the films it references or utilises (Citizen Kane, Vertigo, Singin In The Rain, 1954 version of Star is Born) are infamous in Oscar history for being unjustly snubbed.

  36. I don’t want to sound too down on The Artist as I did have a good time with it.

    And since it was never intended to be anything more than a pastiche of the silent era cinema, on it’s own terms it was substantial enough. It’s just that all the awards acclaim it got has enhanced its reputation beyond its means.

    Anyway, I liked it a fair bit more than last year’s winner ‘The King’s Speech’.

  37. Anyway, I liked it a fair bit more than last year’s winner ‘The King’s Speech’.

    I’ll endorse this sentiment as well. For its faults, The Artist at least was something different and unique; there’s really nothing else like it out there. The King’s Speech, however, was quite routine aspirationally.

    It’s interesting how ordinary many of the winners have been the last decade or so. Really since the mid/late 90′s.

    It does seem like something is different in the last few years. I dunno if that’s a real phenomenon or if it just seems that way, but it sure feels like the Academy is setting their sights lower lately. It could just feel like that because the Oscar races are so much more visibly tawdry than they used to be.

  38. It’s simple – the Academy acquires new members slowly while the old members get older. And older. And older. And the choices get safer. And safer. And safer.

  39. I think the winners especially in the early 2000s look underwhelming, especially with hindsight. (I’m basing this on general perceptions, not my own thoughts on them)

    People usually cite Gladiator as the prime example, but at least that’s remembered somewhat. I think Chicago would be the standout – wasn’t that loved at the time and seems completely forgotten now.

  40. Oh, my…..I recently revisited Chicago, and-holy shit, I could barely make it through the entire thing. I could barely make it through Richard Gere’s big courtroom vaudeville number. So, so bad.

  41. I liked Chicago, didn’t like Gladiator.

    Here is how I rank the best picture winners of this century:

    1. No Country For Old Men
    2. The Hurt Locker
    3. Million Dollar Baby
    4. The Departed
    5. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
    6. The King’s Speech
    7. Chicago
    8. A Beautiful Mind
    9. The Artist
    10. Slumdog Millionaire
    11. Crash

    Big drop off. All of the above get thumbs up, at least a B+ rating or higher.

    12. Gladiator

    A C- rating.

  42. I’d rearrange a few but I more or less agree with Jackrabbit Slim’s list, especially at the top end, although I think I’d only give a B+ or higher to the top 3. Maybe 4.

    I was going to mention A Beautiful Mind, also, as one that seems mostly forgotten. Gladiator is still a big deal in home video – I remember the online outrage when Paramount messed up the original Blu-ray release – and Chicago at least is often cited as a bad winner. But A Beautiful Mind seems to never get mentioned at all.

  43. Worthy
    1. No Country For Old Men
    2. The Hurt Locker
    3. The Departed
    Unworthy
    4. Gladiator
    5. Million Dollar Baby (higher if not for the last act)
    6. Chicago
    7. Slumdog Millionaire
    Hell, no
    8. A Beautiful Mind
    9. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
    10. Crash
    Haven’t seen The Artist or The King’s Speech

    It’s fashionable to hate Gladiator now (ala Titanic) due to the Awards, but it’s a solid popcorn film.

  44. Million Dollar Baby shouldn’t even be on that list because of that last act……just sayin’.
    Gladiator f*#king rules. Haters gonna hate.

  45. The only truly bad film on that list is Gladiator. I like a good popcorn movie–Raiders of the Lost Ark comes to mind, but Gladiator is not one of them. It isn’t even trying to be a good popcorn movie–it’s full of pretentious shots like Crowe riffling his hand above fields of wheat. Vomit!

    I also felt the way the first time I saw it–no revisionist thinking here.

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