The 2010 Oscar nominations come out tomorrow morning. If you know me, you know that this is like Christmas morning for me. This is my favorite day of the year. I will be thinking about this all day and so I thought I would post a couple of wishes I have for tomorrow. Now, I am being realistic about this. I am not holding out hope, for instance, that my second-favorite film of the year, Sylvain Chomet's The Illusionist, gets nominated for Best Picture. That would just be ridiculous. Well-deserved, but impossible. I am restricting my hopes to those I think are actually possible:
127 Hours. To my mind this is a much better movie than The King's Speech or The Fighter, and it's infinitely more interesting than the snooze-fest that is Winter's Bone.
I am rooting for Robert Duvall from Get Low in this category. And I haven't seen Biutiful, but even without seeing it I am rooting for Javier Bardem.
Again, without seeing it, I am rooting for Lesley Manville in Another Year. I think she is a very long shot and I don't see how it can happen, but I am crossing my fingers. I would root for Tilda Swinton's genius performance in I Am Love, but I am bound to be disappointed there.
Best Supporting Actor
I think this race is kind of wide open. I have two serious wishes: Armie Hammer for The Social Network and Matt Damon for True Grit. Wouldn't both of those be fun?
Best Supporting Actress
Again, I think we are looking at a pretty wide-open race. Anything could happen in these supporting categories this year: which is what makes them exciting! I am wishing for Barbara Hershey for Black Swan (a conceivable longshot) and - without seeing the film - Dianne Weist for Rabbit Hole just for fun.
Other Wishes, Other Dreams
I am hoping that Tom Hooper gets locked out of the Best Director category in favor of the Coen Brothers.
I am also hoping that The Illusionist makes it into the Best Animated Feature category. (This should happen, but is not a sure thing.)
I am hoping for a song entry for the Gwyneth Paltrow vehicle Country Strong (yes, you read that correctly).
Mostly I am hoping that Black Swan and 127 Hours do really, really well.
Can't wait 'til tomorrow!!