Everyone knows that watching the Oscars is a disappointment every year. The event never lives up to the hype and, unlike the Golden Globes, there is no alcohol present. Jack Nicholson is in the front row? Who cares?
At least we can make Oscar picks. And who better to make those bold predictions than people who haven't even seen all of the movies that were nominated! Actually, that's something the bartenders here at TMS have in common with the actual Academy voters. Another thing in common? Erectile dysfunction.
So without further ado, here are the official Thunder Matt's Saloon Oscar Picks for 2008:
Best Picture: No Country For Old Men
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis
Best Actress: Julie Christie
Best Supporting Actor: Javier Bardem
Best Supporting Actress: Amy Ryan
No Country was my favorite movie of the year. And unlike There Will Be Blood, the only other serious contender, just about everyone who saw it loved it. Just like the last 2 years, there's little-to-no contest for Best Actor. Daniel Day-Lewis gave a performance that no one else could ever duplicate. Who else could have played Daniel Plainview? Brad Pitt? Leonardo DiCaprio? Best Actress is an educated guess, since the only one of the nominated performances I saw was Juno. Javier Bardem has had his Oscar wrapped up for months now. And as there's usually at least one upset in the Supporting categories, I'm going with Amy Ryan over the favored Cate Blanchett.
Governor Gray Davis:
Best Picture - No Country For Old Men
Best Actor - Johnny Depp
Best Actress - Cate Blanchett
Best Supporting Actor - Javier Bardem
Best Supporting Actress - Ruby Dee
The Gov went with some interesting picks here. I'm not sure why he picked Johnny Depp to win when he basically looks like Edward Scissorhands again. What can be explained is his support for Ruby Dee. The Governor has always had an attraction to 97 year old women.
Best Picture: There Will Be Blood
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis
Best Actress: Laura Linney
Best Supporting Actor: Javier BardemBest Supporting Actress: Amy Ryan
It seems Mr. Wesley and I agree on everything but Best Actress. This doesn't surprise me. Chip has said for years that Laura Linney's nude scenes in Further Tales of the City and Kinsey should have won their own Oscars. I guess winning a Best Actress Oscar is the same thing in his mind.
Best Picture: No Country for Old Men (TWBB is a long shot)
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis (who else is close?)
Best Actress: anyone but that bitch from Juno.
Best Supporting Actor: Javier Bardem (who else is even close?)Best Supporting Actress: Couldn't say, haven't seen anything. The stepmom from Juno? She was good.
Direct from The Hundley: I've only seen Juno, TWBB, No Country, and Sweeney Todd. I thought Depp was good, but certainly not Oscar-worthy. He'll get some hardware, though, well, at least the movie will (Best Musical and maybe something for set design).
Actor - Daniel Day-Lewis (no one else stands a chance except possibly Clooney)
Actress - Julie Christie will; Ellen Page should
Supporting Actor - Javier Bardem will (no contest here) and probably should; I wouldn't mind seeing Hal Holbrook win for Into the Wild or PSH for Charlie Wilson
Supporting Actress - Cate Blanchett Will; Amy Ryan should (Ruby Dee? Her role was essentially a cameo in that movie.)
Best Picture - No Country will; No Country or TWBB should...Others: Juno will win best original screenplay, No Country will win adapted. And here's to hoping 'Falling Slowly' from Once wins best song over those 3 goddamn Enchanted songs.