Monday, March 1, 2010
Larsen predicts the Oscars, '10: this time it's personal
Vanity Fair's Graydon Carter does hilarious iPhone/Oscar shtick.
It's with much pomp and circumstance every year that I predict the Oscar winners.
Because, as I shamelessly brag every year, I once won Movie Village's big Oscar contest grand prize by correctly choosing every, single Oscar category correctly, including the short-film and animation-no-one-saw-nor-will-ever-see categories. No small feat, if I do say so myself.
True, I did win so long ago that movies were actually called "talkies." So, you wanna make somethin' of it?
For my success, I won a free movie every day for a year, which is how I became the quivering, naked, light-deprived mess of a man who now stands before you. Have you got that image? Good, let's move on.
In recent years, I haven't done so well. Last year, I got 72 per cent correct, moronically selecting Batman and Mickey Rourke for Oscars that weren't to be, making the classic mistake of choosing with my heart instead of my mind.
Vanity Fair Oscar app
This year, Vanity Fair has made it easier for me - and you - to make our Oscar predictions and find out how we stack up against each another with its free iPhone and Facebook Hollywood app.
The app is a high-quality affair, sponsored by L'Oréal and featuring Oscar-related news, trailers, chat, a link to Facebook, a chance to enter your Oscar picks and, on the big night, track the leaderboard to see how you stack up.
After getting my best movie buddy to go over my picks this morning and provide me with some feedback, I'm ready to make this year's picks public. As well, I'm including the degree to which users of Vanity Fair's app agree or disagree.
In short, I'm predicting an Avatar sweep, with some exceptions. If Avatar does what I think it will do, all will be right with the world. If not, I'm throwing my iPhone into the Assiniboine river and putting a curse on Vanity Fair, Graydon Carter, and L'Oréal.
Ready? Let's party!
Avatar (52 per cent of people using the app agree with me)
Kathryn Bigelow - The Hurt Locker (22 per cent agree)
Jeff Bridges (38 per cent agree)
Meryl Streep (17 per cent agree)
(No, I cannot select Sandra Bullock for the Blind Side. No, no, can't, can't, won't.)
Christoph Waltz (45 per cent agree)
Best Supporting Actress
Mo'Nique (51 per cent agree)
Avatar (81 per cent agree)
Avatar (72 per cent agree)
Coco Before Chanel (26 per cent agree)
(I haven't seen this film, but how can it lose with that title?)
Star Trek (80 per cent agree)
Food, Inc. (66 per cent agree)
The White Ribbon (62 per cent agree)
Up (74 per cent agree)
Avatar (66 per cent agree)
Avatar (44 per cent agree)
The one from Crazy Heart (44 per cent agree)
Avatar (64 per cent agree)
Avatar (64 per cent agree)
Avatar (89 per cent agree)
Inglourious Basterds (52 per cent agree)
Precious (28 per cent agree)
The Door (63 per cent agree)
China's Unnatural Disaster (64 per cent agree)
French Roast (64 per cent agree)
See you on the red-carpet app!