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“Avatar” will win Best Picture

James Cameron is on track to become “King of the World”…again. His movie “Avatar” took home the coveted Best Picture prize at the 67th Golden Globe Awards. In his acceptance speech he went on to talk about how filmmakers have the best jobs in the world and how he is happy to be one of them. He also gave a shout out to ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow commenting on how he thought she would be the one standing up there for her film “The Hurt Locker.”

By Sean O’Connell
I mentioned last week that the Oscar race should straighten out come Monday, as the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association doled out their annual awards.

Sure enough, what once was cloudy has now become clear. Not crystal, mind you, but clearer than before. Now that the results are out, what have we learned about the upcoming Academy Awards ahead of the Feb. 2 announcement of nominations?

1. Either “Avatar” or “The Hurt Locker” will win Best Picture.
And it probably will be James Cameron’s blockbuster. Basically, the BFCA and the HFPA love telling us how accurate they are in predicting the eventual Oscar winner. Since the groups went with different films this year, however, both can’t be right. But chances are ONE of them will correctly predict the winner, meaning either “Avatar” or “Hurt Locker” will take top prize at the 82nd annual Academy Awards. My guess? By the time the Oscars roll around, “Avatar” will have passed “Titanic” for the all-time domestic box office title, leading to a very Na’vi-friendly ceremony.

2. Mo’Nique, Jeff Bridges and Christoph Waltz are the undisputed frontrunners of their respective categories.
All three double-dipped this weekend, winning Critics’ Choice and Globes trophies in the Best Supporting Actress, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor categories, respectively. Not only are they locks for Oscar nominations, they currently are the ones to beat in their categories.

3. Best Actress will come down to Meryl Streep vs. Sandra Bullock.
Bullock took home Best Actress (Drama) at the Golden Globes on Sunday for “The Blind Side,” while Streep’s turn in one half of “Julie & Julia” scored her the Best Actress (Comedy) trophy. The Critics’ Choice only has one category, but Bullock and Streep tied. They’ll each be nominated come Oscar night, and I predict Bullock will emerge victorious.

4. Jason Reitman leads the screenplay pack for “Up in the Air.”
Again, two awards shows and two wins for the “Air” writer-director. While Reitman’s film once looked like a Best Picture frontrunner (and deservedly so), it’s now looking like the Adapted Screenplay Oscar will be the film’s biggest prize.

5. Even if it’s one of the 10 Best Picture nominees, “Up” will win the animated category.
Voters automatically check off Pixar. Producers behind “Fantastic Mr. Fox” and “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” probably are praying “Up” makes the Best Picture cut, stealing a little attention away from the Animation category. But even if it does, something tells me Academy members will relegate it to the Animation win and nothing more.

About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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  • January 18, 2010 | Permalink |

    I deserve that. I saw 12 times. I am too impress from Cameron. there are some mistakes in script but screen play, Action scenes and graphic are really amazing. still i am think to go for 13th. anyway i will continue..thanks for sharing with us.

  • January 19, 2010 | Permalink |

    Avatar is deserve for it and i am not surprise to heard this news.this movie is really a good movie for all time.

  • January 29, 2010 | Permalink |

    I agree with you about Avatar winning Best Picture at the Oscars. Now that Avatar is number one worldwide and soon to surpass Titanic domestically (Avatar has only been in release 40 plus days). No matter what anyone says about how many tickets have been sold for Avatar vs. Titanic, money is money and inflation is irrelevant when you are currently making billions of dollars!

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