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Open Space's 79th Oscar picks

A few years ago, I attended an Oscar party hosted by some good friends where we had a friendly little contest to see who could "predict" (most of mine were guesses) the most winners--and I won, heh.

Since then, each year I like to see if I can repeat my victory. Unfortunately, I think it was beginner's luck. Anyway, here's my "predictions" for this year. Some are educated predictions, others are the favored, and some are the ones I hope win in spite of the odds (ie, Pan's Labyrinth). I also left out a few categories because I'm completely unfamiliar with any of the entries.

Update: Ouch, I only predicted 13 out of 21 right. But Pan's Labyrinth got three of 'em!

Performance by an actor in a leading role:
Forest Whitaker - The Last King of Scotland


Performance by an actor in a supporting role:
Eddie Murphy - Dreamgirls


Performance by an actress in a leading role:
Helen Mirren - The Queen


Performance by an actress in a supporting role:
Jennifer Hudson - Dreamgirls


Best animated feature film of the year:
Cars


Achievement in art direction:
Pan's Labyrinth


Achievement in cinematography:
Pan's Labyrinth


Achievement in costume design:
Marie Antoinette

Achievement in directing:
The Departed


Best documentary feature:
An Inconvienent Truth


Achievement in film editing:
The Departed


Best foreign language film of the year:
Pan's Labyrinth


Achievement in makeup:
Pan's Labyrinth

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score):
The Queen

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song):
"Listen" - Dreamgirls


Best motion picture of the year:
Babel


Achievement in sound editing:
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Achievement in sound mixing:
Dreamgirls


Achievement in visual effects:
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest


Adapted screenplay:
The Departed


Original screenplay:
Pan's Labyrinth


(Image: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences via Wikipedia)

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