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FDL Movie Night: A Look at the Oscars and a Contest

The Oscars are Sunday, and as usual we’ll be live blogging them, so I thought tonight would be a good time for us to discuss what we’ve seen, what we liked, who are rooting for and to have a little contest. You can find a list of nominees here on the official Academy Awards site, and we’ve a got a few clips up as well.

I love the costume design awards, if only to see what the winners wear. Remember the dress made of American Express Gold Cards?!

Once again, there are ten nominees for Best Picture and five in every other category. I have no strong favorite for Best Picture, though my fingers are crossed for several very disparate films to win the highest honors. Winter’s Bones is about meth, its ravages in the Ozarks and a heroine struggling to save to her family. Made for $2 million, and written and directed by women, Winter’s Bone won the Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic Film at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. It also is nominated for four 2011 Academy Awards in the categories of Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor, proving that a huge budget and mega-stars do not a a great film make.

And then there’s The Social Network. I’m a huge David Fincher fan, and love the subject matter. And True Grit! The Coen Brothers are awesome, but I’m sad that Matt Damon didn’t get a Best Supporting Actor nomination. But Hailee Steinfeld, who was wonderful, was nominated for Best Supporting Actress as the determined 14-year-old out to get justice for her father’s death.

James Franco is super cute, but there was no way I could see 127 Days…too painful and nerve wracking. The King’s Speech swept the BAFTAs, but will it win Best Picture at the Academy Awards? I’d love if Colin Firth won, just cuz he’s sooo cute. (I know, shallow!)

Oh and the contest: In comments tonight, list who you think will win

1)Best Picture

2)Best Director

3)Best Screenplays (adapted)

4) Best Screenplay (original)

5) Best Actor

6) Best Actress

7) Best Supporting Actor

8) Best Supporting Actress

And to make it a little challenging:

9) Best Sound Mixing

10) Best Foreign Language Film

11) Best Short Documentary

Winner/s will be announced on La Figa. There is a prize…and it’s not an Edible Arrangement!

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Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.