In six hours, the Academy Awards will begin. Folks don’t seem as pumped as usual. I wonder why? Did we striking writers spoil the spirit of the season?
Whatev. Here are my Oscar picks. Feel free to share your own.
BEST ACTOR: Daniel Day-Lewis. Bet the house.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Javier Bardem. This is a good competitive category. If there’s an upset, it’ll be Tom Wilkinson from “Michael Clayton.” P.S. Hoffman is being overpraised for his mannered performance in “Charlie Wilson’s War.”
BEST ACTRESS: Julie Christie. Oops. I didn’t see any of these movies. So I go with a wild guess.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Amy Ryan. I heard she was good in “Gone Baby Gone.”
BEST DIRECTOR: Joel & Ethan Coen. “No Country for Old Men” is a masterpiece of visual storytelling. Bet the boat.
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Nancy Oliver for “Lars and the Real Girl.” It’s the longest of long shots, but I’m hoping.
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: The Coen Brothers. Sweep!
BEST PICTURE: “No Country for Old Men.” I recently saw it for a second time. Less pissed off about the ending; more thrilled about everything else. Bet the first-born.