Have the Oscars become too predictable? Probably, but that isnâ€™t deterring the producers of this yearâ€™s Academy Awards ceremony (Adam Shankman of “Hairspray” and “So You Think You Can Dance”, and Bill Mechanic, former studeo executive of 20th Century Fox), not to mention the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, from attempting to make it a bit more exciting. But after all the guilds and associations have had their awards ceremonies, the Academy Awards have the final say over who gets to be Best for a year. And that demands a good show â€“ and, hopefully, a few more million people will watch the 2010 Oscars than watched the 2009 ceremony.
This yearâ€™s hosts â€“ yes, plural â€“ will be comedian/actor Steve Martin and multiple Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild-award winning actor Alec Baldwin. It will be Martinâ€™s third time at hosting position, Baldwinâ€™s first. Although some may believe it is the first time the Oscars have had two hosts, it is not. The last time there were multiple hosts was in 1987, when three entertainers â€“ Paul Hogan, Chevie Chase, and Goldie Hawn — hosted the 59th Academy Awards.
Before current Academy president Tom Sherak took over, former president Sid Ganis announced that the 2010 Oscars would have a field of 10 movies short-listed for Best Picture. This more inclusive list was designed to get more people to watch in order to see if their favorite movie, which might have been left out had the field contained only five movies, might actually win. (Most believe, however, it was a clever way to garner more box office revenue, since movies getting the Academy nod tend to experience an uptick in movie-goers once announced.) This idea wasnâ€™t new, either, since the Academy had regularly listed anywhere between eight and 12 movies for Best Picture in the 30s and 40s.
But besides that, what can be expected? The usual pageantry, the long, drawn out ceremony, the tributes, the musical numbers, some good jokes, some bad jokes, some great acceptance speeches, some terrible or nonexistent acceptance speeches, an occasional political statement, the “In Memoriam” piece, and, finally, the handing out of the major awards.
All in three hours.
But as for who will win the 2010 Oscars, it is difficult to say, although many believe the Best Picture will go to “Avatar,” the James Cameron blockbuster nominated for 9 Academy Awards, and the Best Director award will go to his ex-wife, Kathryn Bigelow, for “The Hurt Locker,” also nominated for 9 Academy Awards. If she wins she will be the first female to win for Best Director. Sandra Bullock or Meryl Streep will likely take home the Best Actress trophy, but Sandra Bullock seems to be the frontrunner.. Best Supporting Actress seems to be a lock for Moâ€™Nique for her role in “Precious,” which is nominated for 6 awards. And Christolph Waltz (“Inglorious Basterds,” nominated for 8 Oscars) also seems to have a lock on the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for 2010.
But there are no certainties until the Oscar is in hand â€“ just strong probabilities.
Major category list of 2010 Oscar nominations:
“The Blind Side”
“The Hurt Locker”
“A Serious Man”
“Up in the Air”
Kathryn Bigelow, “The Hurt Locker”
Quentin Tarantino, “Inglourious Basterds”
Lee Daniels, “Precious”
Jason Reitman, “Up in the Air”
2010 Oscar Nominations: Best Actor
Jeff Bridges, “Crazy Heart”
George Clooney, “Up in the Air”
Colin Firth, “A Single Man”
Morgan Freeman, “Invictus”
Jeremy Renner, “The Hurt Locker”
2010 Oscar Nominations: Best Actress
Sandra Bullock, “The Blind Side”
Helen Mirren, “The Last Station”
Carey Mulligan, “An Education”
Gabourey Sidibe, “Precious”
Meryl Streep, “Julie & Julia”
2010 Oscar Nominations: Best Supporting Actor
Matt Damon, “Invictus”
Woody Harrelson, “The Messenger”
Christopher Plummer, “The Last Station”
Stanley Tucci, “The Lovely Bones”
Christolph Waltz,”Inglorious Basterds”
2010 Oscar Nominations: Best Supporting Actress
Penelope Cruz, “Nine”
Vera Farmiga, “Up in the Air”
Maggie Gyllenhaal, “Crazy Heart”
Anna Kendrick, “Up in the Air”
2010 Oscar Nominations: Best Animated Feature Film
“Fantastic Mr. Fox”
“The Princess and the Frog”
“The Secret of Kells”
2010 Oscar Nominations: Best Adapted Screenplay
“In the Loop”
“Up in the Air”