Early Oscar Predictions

The Golden Globe nominations are in about a week and Oscar is right around the corner, I thought it’s time that I lay out my predictions about who will be nominated this year. I got this idea from Marshall and the Movies when he did his list.


“A Serious Man”


“The Hurt Locker”

“Inglourious Basterds”


“The Last Station”

“The Lovely Bones”


“The Road”



Dark Horses: “Antichrist”, “Bright Star”, “Star Trek”, “District 9”, “A Single Man”, “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus”, “An Education”


Katheryn Bigelow – “The Hurt Locker”

Clint Eastwood – “Invictus”

Rob Marshall – “Nine”

Lee Daniels – “Precious”

Jason Reitman – “Up in the Air”

Dark Horses: James Cameron – “Avatar”, The Coens – “A Serious Man”, Lone Scherfig – “An Education”, Tom Ford – “A Single Man”, Quentin Tarantino – “Inglourious Basterds”, Peter Jackson – “The Lovely Bones”, John Hillcoat – “The Road”, Lars Von Trier – “Antichrist”, Jane Campion – “Bright Star”, Terry Gilliam – “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus”


Jeff Bridges – “Crazy Heart”

George Clooney – “Up in the Air”

Colin Firth – “A Single Man”

Morgan Freeman – “Invictus”

Viggo Mortensen – “The Road”

Dark Horses: Sam Rockwell – “Moon”, Robert DeNiro – “Everybody’s Fine”, Sharlto Copley – “District 9”, Ben Foster – “The Messenger”, Daniel Day-Lewis – “Nine”, Willem Dafoe – “Antichrist”, Matt Damon – “The Informant”, Jeremy Renner – “The Hurt Locker”, Michael Stuhlberg – “A Serious Man”, Hal Holbrook – “That Evening Sun”


Abbie Cornish – “Bright Star”

Charlotte Gainsbourg – “Antichrist”

Helen Mirren – “The Last Station”

Carey Mulligan – “An Education”

Gabourey Sidibe – “Precious”

Dark Horses: Emily Blunt – “The Young Victoria”, Meryl Streep – “Julie & Julia”, Marion Cotillard – “Nine”*, Saoirse Ronan – “The Lovely Bones”, Audrey Tautou – “Coco Before Chanel”, Michelle Pfeiffer – “Chéri”, Shohreh Aghdashloo – “The Stoning of Soraya M.”, Sandra Bullock – “The Blind Side”, Mélanie Laurent – “Inglourious Basterds”*

* The Weinsteins are making a campaign with a supporting role into the leading category.


Woody Harrelson – “The Messenger”

Alfred Molina – “An Education”

Christopher Plummer – “The Last Station”

Stanley Tucci – “The Lovely Bones”

Christoph Waltz – “Inglourious Basterds

Dark Horses: Anthony Mackie – “The Hurt Locker”, Peter Sarsgaard – “An Education”**, Christian McKay – “Me and Orson Welles”, Matt Damon – “Invictus”, Kodi Smit-McPhee – “The Road”, James McAvoy – “The Last Station”**

**It toggles between leading and supporting.


Penélope Cruz – “Nine”

Anna Kendrick – “Up in the Air”

Mo’Nique – “Precious”

Julianne Moore – “A Single Man”

Samantha Morton – “The Messenger”

Dark Horses: Diane Kruger “Inglourious Basterds”, Vera Farmiga, “Up in the Air”, Kate Hudson, Judi Dench, Nicole Kidman, Sophia Loren, “Nine”


“A Serious Man”

“(500) Days of Summer”

“The Hurt Locker”

“Inglourious Basterds”


Dark Horses: “Avatar”, “The Messenger”, “Bright Star”, “Broken Embraces”, “Whatever Works”, “Sin Nombre”


“An Education”

“Fantastic Mr. Fox”



“Up in the Air”

Dark Horses: “Invictus”, “Crazy Heart”, “The Last Station”, “District 9”, “The Informant!”, “The Road”, “The Lovely Bones”, “Where the Wild Things Are”


“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”


“Fantastic Mr. Fox”



Dark Horses: “Mary and Max”, “The Princess and the Frog”, “Monsters vs. Aliens”, “A Christmas Carol”


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Posted on December 7, 2009, in Award Show Coverage and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. good web blog you have thank you .

  2. Thanks for that. Now I know what films to look out for in the next few months.

  3. mcarteratthemovies

    If Christoph Waltz does NOT get a nomination, I’m going to go live in a cave and renounce the world because it has no taste. “Inglourious Basterds” was a great movie, but Waltz’s performance made it awesome.

    I’d say there’s an off chance Sandra Bullock might get a nomination for “The Blind Side.” And though it won’t happen, I really, really believe Matt Damon deserves one for “The Informant!” — it’s the best work he’s ever done.

    • I agree with you 100%. He was SO good in that movie. The Academy should give it to him now. Be done with it.

      There is a chance that Matt Damon could get the nod for “The Informant!”. It depends how strong in the Best Actor slate is.

      • It’s strong. No doubt about that.

        And my bet is that Damon gets honored for his incredible year with a supporting nomination for “Invictus.”

        **By the way, Foolish Blatherer, thank you for linking me on this post!**

      • We have to see what the cards hold. I was intending on doing this on Oscar Watchers group that I moderate.

        No problem about the linkage.

  4. I’m with M. Carter. So far the only nomination I feel incredibly strong about this year so far is Christopher Waltz. That was by far the stand out performance for me of the year. It’s time for me to get caught up on these Oscar possibilities ASAP. I want to be ready this year.

    • Yeah, Heather, you need to hop to it. You have now until February to get it all in with the Olympics delaying the Oscars to early March. More time to view the movies.

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