Tonight’s the night. The 82nd Academy Awards are only hours away and despite the increase in number to ten Best Picture nominees, most of the hype and speculation has been around two films, James Cameron’s 3D spectacular Avatar, and Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker.
So, to jump on a particularly crowded bandwagon, we’re asking you if you’re Team Avatar or Team Hurt Locker?
Bigelow’s film did amazingly well at the BAFTAs a few weeks ago, surprising many people, but the Oscars is a different fish kettle altogether. In the same way that Colin Firth is unlikely to beat out Jeff Bridges in the Best Actor category it seems a certainty for Avatar to mimic Cameron’s last Oscars sweep twelve years ago. At least, that’s how it seemed until recently. Bigelow’s win at the DGA awards points to a likely split between Bigelow for Best Director and Avatar taking home the Best Picture statue – but what do you think?
Remember there are eight other films in the running (I’m discounting the theory that only the five film which share Best Director nominations have a chance of winning), so perhaps we’ll see a Tarantino win or maybe a Reitman upset? Up will undoubtedly beat my pick of Coraline to win Best Animated Feature so there’s little chance of it winning Best Picture, likewise Precious and An Education, and perhaps The Blind Side, may share prizes in the Acting categories I’m not sure if they have enough momentum to take home the big prize. But, of course – you never know…
Whatever your allegiance let us know!
Our Oscar coverage will begin at around midnight GMT, and you will be able to follow my live blogging as I fight off the need to sleep, also if you’re in a chatty mood you can also join the conversation with our new HeyUGuys recruit Tom Perkins of FilmXtra who will be broadcasting though the night, giving his take on the proceedings and inviting you to join in the conversation.