@ February 16, 2011

[Each year, Jesse and Jim offer our expert Oscar predictions leading up to the Annual ObscureCraft Oscar Prognisticate-Off. Email your picks in each category to to enter. Keep track of everybody's picks here. Part 2 is here.]

Best Costume Design

The Nominees: Alice in Wonderland, I Am Love, The King's Speech, The Tempest, True Grit

Jim's pick

Colleen Atwood, who designed the costumes for Alice in Wonderland, also designed the costumes for My Chemical Romance's "The Black Parade" music video. "When I was.... a young boy... my father.... took me into the city... TO SEE A MARCHING BAND." She has won Oscars in this category for Memoirs of a Geisha and Chicago.

Antonella Cannarozzi is Italian, and has never won an Oscar. I'm not sure what "I Am Love" is. Well, it's a metaphor. Because it doesn't use "like" or "as." But I'm not sure what the deal with the movie is.

Jenny Beavan, nominated for The King's Speech, won an Oscar for "A Room with a View." It should also be noted that The King's Speech is a period piece.

Sandy Powell won for The Young Victoria, The Aviator, and Shakespeare in Love. She is nominated this year for the gender-bending adaptation of Shakespeare's "The Tempest."

Mary Zphres has worked with the Coens before -- according to Wikipedia they have frequent collaborations, but the only Coen film listed is O Brother. She also designed the costumes for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. She is nominated this year for True Grit.

This award usually goes to period dramas -- the last four winners were The Young Victoria, The Duchess, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, and Marie Antoinette.

I looked at some pictures from The Tempest. Doesn't seem very period-y, probably due to Helen Mirren being past the age of menstruation. (Rimshot!)

So I'm giving this one to The King's Speech. Let's hope the Academy agrees with me.

The pick: The King's Speech

Jesse's pick

It is a common complaint among those who like to complain about such things that the Best Costume Design award is really an award for the Best Frilly Period Dresses And/Or Bodices. Am I the only one who thinks Joseph Gorden-Levitt's vest in Inception should win some sort of award? Yes, Jim, I've started wearing vests. But based on the last few winners they should just rename this category Best Corset and be done with it. As much as I loved Geoffrey Rush's pinstriped suit in The King's Speech, the protagonist did not wear a single corset.

The pick: Alice In Wonderland

Art Direction

The nominees: Alice In Wonderland, Harry Potter 7.1, Inception, The King's Speech, True Grit

Jesse's pick

Say what you want about his movies - say that they are empty, facile exercises in style over substance that have aged about as well as Al Davis - but Tim Burton is Mr. Reliable when it comes to this category. Behold his previous winners!

Sweeney Todd
Sleepy Hollow

I checked, with YOUR PRECIOUS RESEARCH, and found no other modern director whose movies have been so frequently honored in this category. Cameron has two for Titanic and Avatar, and Spielberg's got two for Schindler's List and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Those are four of the biggest movies of all time. Burton won for Sleepy Fucking Hollow.

The pick: Alice In Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland? Well, it mad a hell of a lot of money -- that's for sure. But there's been a big backlash against the whole 3D thing as of late. Well, at least from Roger Ebert -- Roger Ebert hates 3D even more than I do, which is saying something.

I'm giving this to The King's Speech. Why? Because, Burton aside, shit like Howards End, The Madness of King George, The English Patient, and Shakespeare in Love win this category. And Tim Burton's wife is in the movie. And she was in Howards End.

Live Action Short

The Nominees: The Confession, The Crush, God of Love, Na Wewe, Wish 143

Jim's pick

The Confession: Quiet and sincere 9-year-old Sam is worried about making his first confession. His conscience is clear, therefore he cannot hope for any relief from the experience. He and his friend Jacob decide to remedy that situation, but their initially innocent prank turns unexpectedly tragic.

The Crush: An 8 year old schoolboy is so besotted with his teacher that he challenges her boyfriend to a the death.

God of Love: A lovestruck, lounge-singing darts champion finds his prayers are answered -- literally -- when he mysteriously receives a box of love-inducing darts.1994 or thereabouts.

Na Wewe. There is a civil war on in Burundi. A genocidal conflict opposing Hutus and Tutsis... We are witnesses to one of those sadly frequent episodes : the attack by the rebels of a minibus transporting ordinary passengers. A Kalashnikov bursts out. The bus stops, the passengers get off. There follows a selection separating Hutus and Tutsis. But who is a Hutu, who is a Tutsi? Na Wewe means You Too in Kirundi.

Wish 143: David, a teen-aged terminally ill hospital patient, is visited by the Wishman, who can offer him the opportunity to meet footballers or try something exhilarating before he dies. Sadly the Wishman cannot fulfil David's one desire, to lose his virginity. A newspaper advert does not have the desired effect but, thanks to the friendly and wholly unconventional hospital chaplain, David does indeed get his heart's desire in the company of warm-hearted working girl Maggie.

Sounds like Na Wewe to me. Na Wewe?

The pick: Na Wewe

Jesse's pick

You had me at genocide.

The pick: Na Wewe

Animated Short

The nominees: Day and Night, The Gruffalo, Let's Pollute, The Lost Thing, Madagascar carnet de voyage

Jesse's pick

Rather than looking up the plot summaries from IMDB, I am going to make up my own plot summaries based on the titles and select a winner from there.

Day and Night: The animated sequel to the 2010 Tom Cruise/Cameron Diaz action smash hit "Knight and Day"

The Gruffalo: A sensual exploration of the love triangle between a griffon, a buffalo, and Mark Ruffalo, done entirely in pastels.

Let's Pollute: An internal BP training video on offshore oil rig operations.

The Lost Thing: An animated argument between two nerds about the ending to Lost.

Madagascar carnet de voyage: The movie "Madagascar", except in french this time.

I think, based on these entirely made up descriptions, we have a pretty clear winner.

The pick: The Gruffalo

Jim's pick

If your description of The Gruffalo isn't the actual story, I'll be quite disappointed. The questions I usually ask about Animated Short: "Are any of these by the Wallace and Gromet people?" "Are any of these by Pixar?" "Are any of these crazy French movies?" "Are any of these about the holocaust?"

That, coincidentally, is the order -- from least likely to most likely -- of the chances of each type of animated film winning the award. It's like rock, paper, scissors, except with a cartoon holocaust.

I'm tempted to give my vote to "Let's Pollute," but movies about the environment and global warming are so three years ago. Al Gore got his Oscar and now EVERYTHING IS BETTER. There can't be global warming because "there's so much snow, take that liberals." Global warming can't exist because there are still eight foot mounds of snow all around my town and you can't park on the streets and there's only one lane for traffic on two-way roads.

So, Pixar it is -- Day and Night for the win.

The pick: Day and Night

Animated Feature

The Nominees: How to Train Your Dragon, The Illusionist, Toy Story 3

Jim's pick

Wait, wasn't The Illusionist the crappy version of The Prestige with Paul Giamatti? They turned it into a cartoon?

Pixar always wins this category. Pixar always wins. There have been some years where Pixar didn't win -- because they didn't put out a movie, or the movie was so mind-numbingly bad that the only reason people went to see it was to see the Attack of the Clones teaser (I'm looking at you, Monsters Inc.) It doesn't matter if something like Persepolis or The Triplets of Belleville is nominated -- nope. Pixar.

So, Toy Story 3 is going to take this one home. And it will surprise no one.

The pick: Toy Story 3

Jesse's pick

I'm actually excited to see the Illusionist, which comes from the same studio that produced Triplets of Belleville, one of the first inductees into the Movie Night Movie Project. I'm sure you'll be interested to know, by the way, that there is now a RedBox a 3 minute walk from my front door, a RedBox from whose cursed depths I have extracted and viewed three movies. Those three movies are: Dinner For Shmucks, Easy A (which I only watched because the other movie Suzi brought home was Human Centipede), and the Karate Kid. My opinion on the Red Box and the movies that come out of it remains mostly unchanged (Karate Kid didn't even have karate in it, it had kung fu, a difference which is explicitly referenced IN THE MOVIE).

Toy Story 3 and its assault on socialism wins.

The pick: Toy Story 3

Foreign Film

The nominees: Biutiful, Dogtooth, In A Better World, Incendies, Outside The Law

Jesse's pick

I have seen none of these, so willy rely entirely on what the pundit industrial complex has told me. Biutiful is the favorite, having scored a nomination outside of the Foreign Language category (Best Actor for Javier Bardem, a fact which will allow Julia Roberts to continue to believe that there is justice in the world). But will Dogooth be the No Man's Land to Biutiful's Amelie? Remember that, Jim? Remember when I won the Oscar pool because I correctly predicted that upset? Remember when I brought it up every year when we talk about this category?

So here's your chance to try to get me back. I'm sticking with the favorite, Biutiful. Will you step out into no man's land with Dogtooth?

Jim's pick

Oh man, you are really big on bringing up that No Man's Land thing. One of these days I'm going to step into the street without looking first. My head will turn left and I'll see that bus barreling down towards me. The last thoughts to go through my mind will be "Jesse predicted that No Man's Land would win Best Foreign Language Film!"

I'll go with Biutiful. Because I've heard of it.

The pick: Biutiful


The descriptions of God of Love and Na Wewe run together in an intriguing way up there. That sounded like a really bold left turn to take, particularly in a short.

"Ok, so he has magic love darts and.. because it's 1994 he travels to Burundi, presumably to shoot the darts at the rival faction leaders to attempt to stop it?"

The Illusionist is based on an unfilmed Jacques Tati script right? They really should just pull a Grammys and just keep splitting categories forever to Best Pixar Animated Film and Best Non-Pixar Animated Film

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I'm starting to think, what with George Osborne saying he welcomes his handling of the UK economy being overseen by the IMF, and Gordon Brown widely rumoured as being the IMF's new head, the New Wold Order so beloved by conspiracy theorists is real and is almost upon us! This is really scary!

It behooves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasions of it in the case of others: or their case may, by change of circumstances, become his own. Thomas Jefferson

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Pretty cool information. All of this new tech that we are seeing is really amazing me.

Human Centipede Two is banned by the British Board of Film Censors... guaranteeing no doubt that a lot more people will see it than if they'd just passed it, condemning it to the obscurity that, really, it no doubt merits. Plus they don't know what they're doing anyway; they banned the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, for instance, and look how retro that is these days...

It's very disconcerting what's happening with the London riots but the unappealing truth is we could well look back on these days with some nostalgia as things worsen. Right now it seems to be just youngsters out there 'protesting' but as the political and police responses become increasingly hysterical and overbearing - special powers aren't needed, just maintain the already present laws - you'll soon have Mr & Mrs Middle Class out there in the streets looting and burning. Who will the authorities have to blame? No-one but themselves.

I couldn’t deprive of commenting

I expect that what you say is true, but which one of us can understand all these changes these days

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