Monday, January 23, 2012

Oscar Predictions: Part 2

Best Adapted Screenplay
·         The Descendants
·         Moneyball
·         The Help
·         Hugo
·         The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
                Alternate: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Best Original Screenplay
·         The Artist
·         Midnight in Paris
·         A Separation
·         50/50
·         Bridesmaids
                Alternate: Martha Marcy May Marlene

Best Supporting Actress
·         Octavia Spencer – The Help
·         Jessica Chastain – The Tree of Life
·         Benicio Berjo – The Artist
·         Carey Mulligan – Shame
·         Shailene Woodley – The Descendants
                Alternate –Vanessa Redgrave (Cornelius)

Best Supporting Actor
·         Christopher Plummer – Beginners
·         Albert Brooks – Drive
·         Kenneth Branagh – My Week with Marylyn
·         ­­­Patton Oswalt – Young Adult
·         Ben Kingsley – Hugo
                Alternate: Brad Pitt (The Tree of Life)
Best Actress
·         Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady
·         Viola Davis – The Help
·         Michelle Williams – My Week with Marylin
·         Tilda Swinton – We Need to Talk About Kevin
·         Rooney Mara – The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo
                Alternate: Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Malene)

Best Actor
·         Jean Dujardin – The Artist
·         George Clooney – The Descendants
·         Brad Pitt – Moneyball
·         Michael Fassbender – Shame
·         Michael Shannon – Take Shelter
                Alternate: Leonardo DiCaprio (J. Edgar)

Best Director
·         Alexander Payne – The Descendants
·         Michael Hazanavicius – The Artist
·         Martin Scorsese – Hugo
·         Terrence Malick – The Tree of Life
·         David Fincher – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
                Alternate – Steven Spielberg (War Horse)

Best Picture
·         The Artist
·         The Descendants
·         Hugo
·         The Help
·         Moneyball
·         Midnight in Paris
·         War Horse
·         The Tree of Life
   If ten nominees:
·         The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo
·         Drive
                Alternate: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Oscar Predictions: Part 1

Not even going to try to predict the nominations for the short categories.

Best Makeup
·         The Iron Lady
·         The Artist
·         Hugo
                Alternate: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Best Costume Design
·         The Artist
·         Jane Eyre
·         Hugo
·         Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
·         The Help
                Alternate: Drive

Best Art Direction
·         The Artist
·         Hugo
·         War Horse
·         Jane Eyre
·         Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
                Alternate: Drive, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Best Cinematography
·         The Artist
·         War Horse
·         The Tree of Life
·         Moneyball
·         Hugo
                Alternate: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Best Visual Effects
·         Rise of the Planet of the Apes
·         Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
·         The Tree of Life
·         Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
·         Transformers: Dark of the Moon
                Alternate: Real Steel

Best Sound Editing
·         War Horse
·         Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
·         Transformers: Dark of the Moon
·         Super 8
·         Rise of the Planet of the Apes
                Alternate: Hanna

Best Sound Mixing
·         Super 8
·         Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
·         Hanna
·         Hugo
·         Moneyball
                Alternate: Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Best Original Song
·         “Life’s a Happy Song” - The Muppets
·         “Pictures in my Head” - The Muppets
·         “Star-Spangled Man” - Captain America: The First Avenger
·         “So Long” – Winnie the Pooh
·         “The Living Proof” – The Help
                Alternate: “Lay Your Head Down” – Alberet Nobbs

Best Original Score
·         The Artist – Ludovic Bource
·         War Horse – John Williams
·         Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Alexandre Desplat
·         Jane Eyre – Dario Marianelli
·         The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo – Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross
                Alternate: Hugo (Howard Shore)
Best Foreign Film
·         A Seperation – Iran
·         Pina – Germany
·         Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale – Taiwan
·         Bullhead – Belgium
·         Footnote – Israel
                Alternate: Omar Killed Me - Morocco
Best Feature Documentary
·         Project Nim
·         Pina
·         Buck
·         Bill Cunningham New York
·         Paradise Lost 3: Pugatory
                Alternate: Hell and Back Again 

Best Animated Film
·         Rango
·         The Adventures of Tintin
·         Puss in Boots
·         Arthur Christmas
·         Chico & Rita
                Alternate: Winnie the Pooh

Best Film Editing
·         The Artist
·         Hugo
·         Moneyball
·         The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo
·         Drive
                Alternate: The Descendants

More NFL Predictions

NFC Championship:
    49ers win by a score of 24-21. The 49ers will be able to win the battle of time of possession, while Andy Lee will prove to be the key 49ers special teams star. Vernon Davis will still catch a touchdown pass, as will Kyle Williams. On the Giants side, expect Eli to get a lot of yards, but not a lot of points. Ahmad Bradshaw will catch a touchdown pass, but the 49ers will not allow a rushing touchdown. 

AFC Championship:
    As much as I want to pick the Patriots, I can't help feel that the Ravens are at their most dangerous whenever people start to count them out. Flacco should be able to throw on the Patriots secondary (expect a good game from Torrey Smith), while the Ravens defense should be able to slow down the Patriots one-dimensional offense. In the end, Baltimore wins it 31-29.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

NFL Playoff Predictions - Part 1

49ers vs. Saints
SF - 26
NO – 24

The Saints will jump to an early lead, and will maintain a lead for most of the game, but the 49ers defense will keep the game from getting out of hand. Expect the Niners to make a second half comeback by winning the time of possession battle, and by kicking more field goals. The defense will get some key sacks that will stall the Saints offense enough to send the Niners to the NFC Championship Game.

- David Akers will kick four field goals
- The 49ers will score one touchdown per half (with their first score being a field goal)
- The 49ers second touchdown will be the go ahead score
- After said touchdown, the Saints will get the ball back with enough time to win, but the 49ers defense will hold
- All three Saints touchdowns will be passing
- Darren Sproles and Jimmy Graham will both have TD catches
- Out of the four Saints running backs, Sproles, will have the best game
- Not having Lance Moore will prove to be a significant blow the Saints redzone offense
- Kendall Hunter will have at least 35 yards of total offense

Patriots vs. Broncos
NE – 45
Den – 33

“…evil will always triumph because good is dumb.” – Lord Dark Helmet

Tim Tebow is to some the very epitome of goodness. Bill Belichick and the Patriots are to some an evil, classless, bunch of cheaters.

Using the above quote, I can easily conclude that the Patriots will win. 


Tebow Predictions
- Tebow will run for about 100 yards with one rushing touchdown.
- Tebow will have a costly second half fumble
- Tebow will throw for around 295 yards, with two touchdowns
- Tebow’s name will be mentioned about 1,33,800 times throughout the broadcast
- Tebow’s longest run will be for 32 yards

Non-Tebow Predictions
- Patriots touchdown catches from Gronkowski (20 yard catch), Hernandez (2 scores), and Welker (3 yard catch)
- Willis McGahee gets over 125 yards on the ground, but fails to score a touchdown
- Brady will start the game slow and inefficient, but will become considerably better in the second half
- Brady will throw for around 400 yards
- Chad Ochocinco will catch exactly one pass, and it will be in the second quarter

Thursday, January 5, 2012

I am mature

And now, my sophisticated, well thought out response to the people who think that RGIII should be picked over Andrew Luck in the 2012 draft.

Being very athletic is not the same as being NFL ready.