Oscars 2011: The Quick Picks

For those who don’t want the bells and whistles, and all the explanations, here is an abbreviated list of all my picks for the show (which is set to get underway in just under an hour). I’m telling you what I’m picking, what I told you to pick (for your office pool. Since I’m not competing. I’m just having fun with it), and alternates for each one (just to show that I’ll be within the ballpark on at least 22 of them). I’m also going to do it in the order they’ve announced that the awards will be going out:

Best Cinematography

What I Told You to Pick: Emmanuel Lubezki, The Tree of Life
What I’m Picking: Robert Richardson, Hugo
(alt: Emmanuel Lubezki, The Tree of Life. If The Artist wins this, expect a sweep.)

Best Art Direction

What I Told You to Pick: Hugo
What I’m Picking: Hugo
(alt: The Artist)

Best Costume Design

What I Told You to Pick: The Artist
What I’m Picking: Jane Eyre
(alt: The Artist. Or Hugo, I guess.)

Best Makeup

What I Told You to Pick: The Iron Lady
What I’m Picking: The Iron Lady
(alt: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2)

Best Foreign Language Film

What I Told You to Pick: A Separation
What I’m Picking: A Separation
(alt: In Darkness)

Best Supporting Actress

What I Told You to Pick: Octavia Spencer, The Help
What I’m Picking: Octavia Spencer, The Help
(alt: Bérénice Bejo, The Artist)

Best Editing

What I Told You to Pick: Michel Hazanavicius & Anne-Sophie Bion, The Artist
What I’m Picking: Michel Hazanavicius & Anne-Sophie Bion, The Artist
(alt: Thelma Schoonmaker, Hugo)

Best Sound Editing

What I Told You to Pick: Hugo (though I really felt I should tell you to pick War Horse)
What I’m Picking: War Horse
(alt: Hugo)

Best Sound Mixing

What I Told You to Pick: Hugo
What I’m Picking: Hugo
(alt: Moneyball)

Best Documentary Feature

What I Told You to Pick: either Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory or Undefeated
What I’m Picking: Undefeated
(alt: Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory)

Best Animated Feature

What I Told You to Pick: Rango
What I’m Picking: Rango
(alt: Kung Fu Panda 2. Though honestly, probably Chico and Rita, if anything.)

Best Visual Effects

What I Told You to Pick: Hugo
What I’m Picking: Hugo
(alt: Rise of the Planet of the Apes)

Best Supporting Actor

What I Told You to Pick: Christopher Plummer, Beginners
What I’m Picking: Christopher Plummer, Beginners
(alt: Max von Sydow, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close)

Best Original Score

What I Told You to Pick: Ludovic Bource, The Artist
What I’m Picking: Ludovic Bource, The Artist
(alt: Howard Shore, Hugo)

Best Original Song

What I Told You to Pick: “Man or Muppet,” from The Muppets
What I’m Picking: “Man or Muppet,” from The Muppets
(alt: “Real in Rio,” from Rio. Obviously.)

Best Adapted Screenplay

What I Told You to Pick: Alexander Payne, Jim Rash & Nat Faxon, The Descendants
What I’m Picking: Alexander Payne, Jim Rash & Nat Faxon, The Descendants
(alt: Aaron Sorkin & Steve Zaillian, Moneyball)

Best Original Screenplay

What I Told You to Pick: Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
What I’m Picking: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
(alt: Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris)

Best Live-Action Short

What I Told You to Pick: Tuba AtlanticRaju or Time Freak
What I’m Picking: Tuba Atlantic
(alt: Uhh… Raju. Or Time Freak.)

Best Documentary – Short Subject

What I Told You to Pick: Saving Face or The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom
What I’m Picking: The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom
(alt: Saving Face)

Best Animated Short

What I Told You to Pick: The Fantastic Flying Books or Mr. Morris Lessmore or La Luna
What I’m Picking: The Fantastic Flying Books or Mr. Morris Lessmore
(alt: La Luna)

Best Director

What I Told You to Pick: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
What I’m Picking: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
(alt: Martin Scorsese, Hugo)

Best Actor

What I Told You to Pick: Jean Dujardin, The Artist
What I’m Picking: Jean Dujardin, The Artist
(alt: George Clooney, The Descendants)

Best Actress

What I Told You to Pick: Viola Davis, The Help
What I’m Picking: Viola Davis, The Help
(alt: Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady)

Best Picture

What I Told You to Pick: The Artist
What I’m Picking: The Artist
(alt: Hugo. Though honestly most will say The Descendants)

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