Saturday, February 23, 2008

My 2008 Oscar Predictions

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
“Persepolis”

“Ratatouille”

“Surf’s Up”

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”

“Sicko”

“Taxi to the Dark Side”
“War/Dance”

Best documentary short subject

“Freeheld”

“La Corona (The Crown)”
“Salim Baba”

“Sari’s Mother”

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

“Beaufort” Israel “The Counterfeiters” Austria

“Katyn” Poland
“Mongol” Kazakhstan
“12” Russia

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
“Atonement”
“Juno”

“Michael Clayton” “No Country for Old Men”

“There Will Be Blood”

Best animated short film

“I Met the Walrus” “Madame Tutli-Putli”

“Même les Pigeons Vont au Paradis (Even Pigeons Go to Heaven)”
“My Love (Moya Lyubov)”
“Peter & the Wolf”

Best live action short film

“At Night”

“Il Supplente (The Substitute)”

“Le Mozart des Pickpockets (The Mozart of Pickpockets)”

“Tanghi Argentini”
“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

Adapted screenplay

“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

Original screenplay

“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

Posted by Kevin K. on 02/23/08 at 11:24 PM
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Friday, February 22, 2008

Dear Pollsters, Part Two

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
  • Firedancers
  • 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
  • Chuck Norris

Thank you.

Posted by Kevin K. on 02/22/08 at 06:58 AM
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Well, that was easy

First thing I see this morning on Google News:

McCain

Well, that was easy.

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.

Thank you.

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.

Posted by Kevin K. on 02/22/08 at 06:39 AM
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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Dr. Steve Brule Live From Wine Country

Foster Brooks was never this funny. John C. Reilly rocks.

Posted by Kevin K. on 02/21/08 at 07:35 AM
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Taylor Marsh’s new fan base

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 plagiarism story 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.

Posted by Kevin K. on 02/21/08 at 06:48 AM
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Dear Pollsters

My wife Chris would like to see the following voter breakdowns in exit polling for the Democratic primaries in Texas and Ohio:

  • Heavy drinkers
  • People who are lactose intolerant
  • “Morning people”

She’s still working on the Republican party breakdowns. We’ll get back to you shortly.

Thank you.

 

Posted by Kevin K. on 02/21/08 at 06:25 AM
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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

I love the smell of desperation in the morning…

As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, Obama beat Clinton pretty decisively in Wisconsin last night and things aren’t looking so good in Hillshillville. Over at No Quarter, Larry Johnson’s hand-picked spazmo SusanUnPC has been reduced to spewing utter garbage like this:

(I hear Joe Biden reads the newspaper when Obama is asking questions during full committee hearings.)

And over at Mushy’s site, where the barrel is bottomless, they’ve resorted to passing around links about crackpot/crackhead Larry Sinclair:

http://www.whitehouse.com/NewsComments…

Just sayin’, folks. Just sayin’.

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…

Posted by Kevin K. on 02/20/08 at 07:40 AM
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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Freedom isn’t free

From the Daily News:

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.

p.s. Thanks Senator Schumer, you dope.

Posted by Kevin K. on 02/19/08 at 08:29 AM
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Monday, February 18, 2008

Hillary Clinton—Making Our Dreams Come True (and Making Our Dreck Come Through)

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.

Posted by Kevin K. on 02/18/08 at 01:43 PM
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Sunday, February 17, 2008

Hillary4U&Me (The Alternate Version)

You knew the parodies would start rolling in of the dreadful Hillary4U&Me video and this one is pretty funny and well-done, but careful at work.

And, yes, let’s get it out of the way ... I’m a sexist pig for posting this.  Done.

Posted by Kevin K. on 02/17/08 at 05:56 PM
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Ten reasons why life is worth living

TS of Instaputz has challenged the lovely Betty Cracker and me to list ten reasons why life is worth living. Let’s have at it.

  1. Pizza, pasta and pretty much any other food that’s red, off-white and starchy.
  2. Seeing the lush green hills of Costa Rica, the deep blue waters of Malaysia and the soot-soaked aching grace of the Czech Republic with my own undeserving eyes.
  3. Raquel Welch on roller skates
  4. Exile on Main St. ... every last fucking second of it.
  5. Mike Schank
  6. Crisp cold air breathed deeply through the nose on a hungover morning
  7. The first paragraph of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  8. 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.
  9. Barth Gimble
  10. Chris

I will now hand this off to two guys I know will knock it much further out of the park than I did: Mark and Pale Dave.

Posted by Kevin K. on 02/17/08 at 10:00 AM
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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Obama hates your va-jay-jay!

I’m with John Cole on this one. How desperate and somewhat Hillaryious. Some Clinton supporters could find sexist intent in a sock darning egg.

And, as you may have guessed, Mushy is on the case.

Posted by Kevin K. on 02/16/08 at 02:49 PM
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Friday, February 15, 2008

Obamatown

Everyone, hold out your arms, roll back your eyes and gurgle, “Must feel the change. Must feel the hope.  Must go to Obama.”

(via Daily Kosbama)

Posted by Kevin K. on 02/15/08 at 08:32 PM
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Hillary4U&Me

As Peter Hauck writes at PrezVid: “It’s audio-visual waterboarding.”

They should have this song playing in the background whenever you visit MyHRC.

MORE: Kill it before it records again!

Posted by Kevin K. on 02/15/08 at 10:09 AM
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I’m proud to be a union man…

...I make those meetings when I can, yeah:

Giving Senator Barack Obama new momentum, one of the nation’s largest labor unions, the United Food and Commercial Workers, endorsed him on Thursday. Another giant, the Service Employees International Union, was on the brink of backing him.

The endorsement of the service employees, which with 1.9 million members is seen as the nation’s most politically potent union, would be considered a special boon. Members of the service employees’ board were casting votes by e-mail and fax on Thursday night, and two top S.E.I.U. leaders said an Obama endorsement was likely.

The two unions did not make endorsements until now largely because they were so torn among Mr. Obama, John Edwards and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. But with Mr. Edwards out and Mr. Obama winning eight straight contests, many of the top leaders of the unions decided it was time to back him.

It looks like that Giuliani-like “come and get me” strategy is really paying off for Hillary…

MEANWHILE: Someone had better buy rabid anti-Obama Hillshill Larry “Barber Bowl” Johnson and big ol’ sack of deep breaths. What a loon.

BONUS POINTS: Name the song referenced in this post’s title (without Google) and win oodles of hope and change!

Posted by Kevin K. on 02/15/08 at 05:47 AM
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