“Falling Slowly” from Once—My Oscar pick to (deservedly) win best original song
Sorry, no other selections today (unless you want to see how much Frank Rich hates Hillary’s va-jay-jay). Have some weekend work to get through and still recovering from that head cold that clobbered me yesterday morning. The Sunday Selector will return in its normal form next weekend.
Awhile ago I challenged my pal Pale Dave at Missing the Moon to an Oscar picks throw down, but I’ve been so busy at work I didn’t have time to throw together my predictions until now. The entries marked in red are my picks to win and the browns ones were on my short-list (read: don’t count them out). If nothing’s marked brown in a category it means I think the winner is a sure bet (there aren’t a lot of them this year). I’m battling a rather brutal head cold at the moment, but I’ll try to add some commentary in tomorrow if I have time.
If you want to make some predictions (or mock mine), feel free to do so in the comments below.
Performance by an actor in a leading role
George Clooney in “Michael Clayton”
Daniel Day-Lewis in “There Will Be Blood”
Johnny Depp in “Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”
Tommy Lee Jones in “In the Valley of Elah”
Viggo Mortensen in “Eastern Promises”
Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Casey Affleck in “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”
Javier Bardem in “No Country for Old Men”
Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Charlie Wilson’s War”
Hal Holbrook in “Into the Wild”
Tom Wilkinson in “Michael Clayton”
Performance by an actress in a leading role
Cate Blanchett in “Elizabeth: The Golden Age”
Julie Christie in “Away from Her”
Marion Cotillard in “La Vie en Rose”
Laura Linney in “The Savages”
Ellen Page in “Juno”
Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Cate Blanchett in “I’m Not There”
Ruby Dee in “American Gangster”
Saoirse Ronan in “Atonement”
Amy Ryan in “Gone Baby Gone”
Tilda Swinton in “Michael Clayton”
Best animated feature film of the year
Achievement in art direction
“American Gangster”: Art Direction: Arthur Max; Set Decoration: Beth A. Rubino
“Atonement”: Art Direction: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
“The Golden Compass”: Art Direction: Dennis Gassner; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
“Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”: Art Direction: Dante Ferretti; Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo
“There Will Be Blood”: Art Direction: Jack Fisk; Set Decoration: Jim Erickson
Achievement in cinematography
“The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”: Roger Deakins
“Atonement”: Seamus McGarvey
“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”: Janusz Kaminski
“No Country for Old Men”: Roger Deakins
“There Will Be Blood”: Robert Elswit
Achievement in costume design
“Across the Universe” Albert Wolsky
“Atonement” Jacqueline Durran
“Elizabeth: The Golden Age” Alexandra Byrne
“La Vie en Rose” Marit Allen
“Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” Colleen Atwood
Achievement in directing
“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”, Julian Schnabel
“Juno”, Jason Reitman
“Michael Clayton”, Tony Gilroy
“No Country for Old Men”, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
“There Will Be Blood”, Paul Thomas Anderson
Best documentary feature
“No End in Sight”
“Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience”
“Taxi to the Dark Side”
Best documentary short subject
“La Corona (The Crown)”
Achievement in film editing
“The Bourne Ultimatum”: Christopher Rouse
“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”: Juliette Welfling
“Into the Wild”: Jay Cassidy
“No Country for Old Men” Roderick Jaynes
“There Will Be Blood”: Dylan Tichenor
Best foreign language film of the year
“The Counterfeiters” Austria
Achievement in makeup
“La Vie en Rose” Didier Lavergne and Jan Archibald
“Norbit”: Rick Baker and Kazuhiro Tsuji
“Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”: Ve Neill and Martin Samuel
Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
“Atonement”: Dario Marianelli
“The Kite Runner”: Alberto Iglesias
“Michael Clayton”: James Newton Howard
“Ratatouille”: Michael Giacchino
“3:10 to Yuma”: Marco Beltrami
Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
“Falling Slowly” from “Once” Music and Lyric by Glen Hansard and: Marketa Irglova
“Happy Working Song” from “Enchanted”: Music by Alan Menken; Lyric by Stephen Schwartz
“Raise It Up” from “August Rush”: Music and Lyric by Jamal Joseph, Charles Mack and Tevin Thomas
“So Close” from “Enchanted”: Music by Alan Menken; Lyric by Stephen Schwartz
“That’s How You Know” from “Enchanted”: Music by Alan Menken; Lyric by Stephen Schwartz
Best motion picture of the year
“No Country for Old Men”
“There Will Be Blood”
Best animated short film
“I Met the Walrus”
“Même les Pigeons Vont au Paradis (Even Pigeons Go to Heaven)”
“My Love (Moya Lyubov)”
“Peter & the Wolf”
Best live action short film
“Il Supplente (The Substitute)”
“Le Mozart des Pickpockets (The Mozart of Pickpockets)”
“The Tonto Woman”
Achievement in sound editing
“The Bourne Ultimatum”: Karen Baker Landers and Per Hallberg
“No Country for Old Men”: Skip Lievsay
“Ratatouille”: Randy Thom and Michael Silvers
“There Will Be Blood”: Christopher Scarabosio and Matthew Wood
“Transformers”: Ethan Van der Ryn and Mike Hopkins
Achievement in sound mixing
“The Bourne Ultimatum” Scott Millan, David Parker and Kirk Francis
“No Country for Old Men”: Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff and Peter Kurland
“Ratatouille”: Randy Thom, Michael Semanick and Doc Kane
“3:10 to Yuma”: Paul Massey, David Giammarco and Jim Stuebe
“Transformers”: Kevin O’Connell, Greg P. Russell and Peter J. Devlin
Achievement in visual effects
“The Golden Compass”: Michael Fink, Bill Westenhofer, Ben Morris and Trevor Wood
“Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”: John Knoll, Hal Hickel, Charles Gibson and John Frazier
“Transformers”: Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Russell Earl and John Frazier
“Atonement”, Screenplay by Christopher Hampton
“Away from Her”, Written by Sarah Polley
“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”, Screenplay by Ronald Harwood
“No Country for Old Men”, Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
“There Will Be Blood”, Written for the screen by Paul Thomas Anderson
“Juno”, Written by Diablo Cody
“Lars and the Real Girl” (MGM), Written by Nancy Oliver
“Michael Clayton”, Written by Tony Gilroy
“Ratatouille”, Screenplay by Brad Bird; Story by Jan Pinkava, Jim Capobianco, Brad Bird
“The Savages”, Written by Tamara Jenkins
Yesterday my wife Chris announced she would like to see a few more groups added to the voter segements tracked in exit polling for the Democratic primaries in Texas and Ohio. This morning I compiled a list of voter groups we’d like you to track in the upcoming Republican primaries:
People who look like their dogs
People who always forget to zip-up their fanny packs before they push them ‘round back
Men named Chad
People who have bad childhood memories about the game Chutes and Ladders
And for all of the folks who think it’s shameful that The New York Times ran with the story and/or are disgusted that the “hypocrites” who were upset that the Lewinsky affair got 24/7 play in the media are pushing this McCain and lusty lobbyist story forward, please remember:
Monica Lewinsky didn’t blow Bill Clinton to get him to bomb Kosovo.
MORE: Two different takes on this story from the left side of the blogosphere from our pals at FREEwilliamsburg and Hullabaloo. And another pal (we have lots of pals!) TS from Instaputz sums it up nicely: “Suck. On. This.”
Mushy may be alienating a lot of Dems/libs with her deranged and destructive, ahem, “vetting” of Barack Obama, but she’s reeling in some really classy new fans, like the fine folks at the wingnuterrific Blogs 4 Brownback:
Thank You, Taylor Marsh!
I don’t really know who this liberal strumpet with the bad hair, Taylor Marsh, is, but she is doing conservatives a huge favor. I wish I’d found out about her earlier, because she puts the McCain campaign to shame as she follows in Karl Rove’s trailblazing footsteps, attacking Obambi’s strengths and driving up his negatives. This is what the GOP should be doing right now, but it seems we’re still recovering from a bruising nomination fight ourselves. Thankfully Clinton dead-enders like Marsh are doing our work for us. Taylor, you rock!
What idiot leftists like Taylor are attempting to do is something that the GOP would have a hard time doing: turning Democrats on each other, considering that their two candidates are essentially the same old liberal trash. But reading the comment threads at Marsh’s unhinged site warms my heart. There are libs over there proclaiming they would sooner vote for McCain than the “empty suit” that is Obama. They call his supporters cultists. They dig up and discuss Obama dirt and potential scandals that I’d never even heard of. Keep up the great work, libbies! [...]
She also covers the Barack Hussein Osama plagiarismstory perhaps even better than Red State[link added—ed.]. Well, maybe not better. It’s actually pretty shallow spin, but her Hillary fan club eats it up and helps to push the meme into the “progressive” blogosphere, something we could never hope to do. Erik should sign her up pronto! It doesn’t matter that the Deval Patrick guy gave permission to Obama to use his material, she still beats Obama over the head with it as if he had stashed bundles of cash in his freezer. It’s truly a sight to behold.
Larry and Susan, read it and weep. You guys really need to crank up the crazy if you’re looking to garner those coveted Ace of Spades or Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler trackbacks.
The question remains how much longer will these sore losers keep “just sayin’” after Obama puts this away?
Back at SusanUnPC’s House of Spittle, a reasonable Hillary supporter unleashes the obvious:
Susan, but you must admit he’s got the Big Mo. Hillary might win Texas but Obama is scoring big in Ohio by reminding them what NAFTA did to their economy. I don’t think you understand how bad it really is. If Obama wins Ohio then he’s going all the way. While I admire your loyalty & tenacity at some point you may have to come to the realization you’re just cranking soundbites for McCain.
Amen. Don’t count on Susan or Mushy, two of the pettiest and most destructive dickweeds working the left side of the blogosphere, to pull back any time soon. There’s gotta come a point when some of the the more respected and trafficked liberal bloggers (read: not me) start publicly calling out these dopes on their bullshit. I’m seeing way too many blogs with Taylor Marsh links prominently displayed in their blogrolls. She’s a loose cannon and it’s time a few prominent lefty bloggers started pissing on her gun powder.
MORE: John Cole is an ill-informed, misogynistic hope junky (evidence here and here). I loved this pull-quote from one of his commenters:
Looking over the race, how much of Obama’s criticism of Clinton have been o f the nature that would harm her and the party’s chances in the general election? I seriously cannot think of any. While everything—EVERYTHING—coming out from the Clinton camp is stuff that can be picked up and used by the Republicans in one way or another or is designed to damage him as a candidate going forward as much if not more than it impacts him now…
Cops with automatic weapons and bomb-sniffing dogs will patrol Amtrak trains and randomly search carry-on bags in a dramatic tightening of security to be announced today.
Although some riders were unhappy with the idea of guns on the trains, most welcomed the new security plan.
“I think it’s good,” said Yvette Davis, 23, an assistant shoe store manager from the Bronx, while waiting for a train in Penn Station. “You can never be too protective, especially with some of these crazy people.”
“I think it’s great,” said Manhattan software salesman Dan Hurley, 39. “I’ve often wondered why there is so little security on trains. They could do as much damage as a plane.”
April Holder, 30, from Manhattan, said only, “Just don’t make us late. New Yorkers hate being late.”
Amtrak officials insist the security ramp-up won’t make anyone late.
“We’re very conscious of the fact that you’re in an environment where commuters have minutes to go from train to train,” said Bill Rooney, vice president for security strategy and special operations.
Amtrak’s new “mobile security teams” will go into action soon on the Northeast Corridor between Washington and Boston, the railroad’s most heavily used route.
Later they’ll be expanded to the rest of the country.
Sen. Chuck Schumer hailed the beefed-up security as “a strong step toward making the highly vulnerable rail system more secure,” but also said it should be done “in a way that won’t increase lines and wait times.”
Amtrak chief Alex Kummant insisted riders will hardly notice the change.
Passengers won’t have to arrive at stations far in advance, and those selected randomly for screening will be delayed no more than a couple of minutes, he said.
He said security teams will show up unannounced at stations and set up baggage screening areas in front of boarding gates.
Officers will randomly pull people out of line and wipe their bags with a special swab that is put through a machine that detects explosives.
If the machine detects anything, officers will open the bag for inspection.
Anyone who is selected for screening and refuses will not be allowed to board and their ticket will be refunded.
Pheew, I was worried this was a violation of my 4th Amendment rights until I read about the refund. Freedom isn’t free, but it is refundable.
Holy fucking god. If you thought it couldn’t get worse (or funnier) than “Hillary4U&Me,” you were very, very wrong. I know I’ve been laying it on a little thick with the Hillshill bashing lately, but how could I not post this one?
Warning: Avoid watching this if you’ve eaten anything within the last two weeks.
MORE: Check out the comments at YouTube. They love it!!! (The love fest is sure to take a dark and ugly turn once this video inevitably starts trickling through the snicker circuit.) UPDATE: In comments Will S. lets us know that they’re holding YouTube comments for approval, so I guess that explains the love fest.
WAY TO GO: Let’s temper this post with a hearty “bravo!” for Bill. The red-faced charge is silly because he handled the situation well (better than I would have). That loudmouthed pro-lifer deserved a kick square in the ‘nads, not stern condemnation.
Crisp cold air breathed deeply through the nose on a hungover morning
The first paragraph of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Driving an hour and a half through a snow storm in my ‘64 Plymouth Fury convertible to see Pussy Galore open for Big Black in Providence, RI, having a snowball fight in a graveyard after the.best.show.ever., and then driving all the way home through a winter wonderland.