Thursday, February 21, 2008

Mad Jenny's 2nd Annual Mad Oscar Poll

Mad Jenny's Mad Oscar Poll - 2008 Edition!

We're late starting the poll this year, as the presence of an actual awards show was in question because of the Writers' Strike. As the strike is now happily, and I hope successfully, over, we get our show. Jon Stewart is set to host again, and presenters include all of last year's big winners, and a few people with movies to promote.

Here's what you do. Place your guesses, either in the comment section, or in an email to madjennyflintsmadtales(at symbol)gmail.com. If you are someone I don't see or visit regularly, be sure to send me the address you would like your prize sent to. After the broadcast, the winner will be awarded with a prize from Mad Jenny's Treasure Trove (if I can find me buried treasure, the map's gone missing). Ahem.

So. We begin, this year, with the:

Mad Jenny categories
  1. Performance by an interviewer from an embarrassing television program

  2. Most Beautiful Gown

  3. Most Horrifyingly Ugly Gown

  4. Suavest Suit/Tux

  5. Most excruciatingly ill conceived withdrawal from the traditional tuxedo motif

  6. Best Wardrobe Malfunction

  7. Star most talked about for having recently split from a spouse/significant other - with much discussion of said star's bravery or folly in showing up solo at the ceremony

  8. Most Memorable Acceptance Speech

  9. Most strained and awkward face during an embarrassing close-up on a non-winner during the winner's walk to the stage and speech

  10. Most painfully written/performed presentation of an award. The current list of anticipated presenters is available on the Wikipedia article for the event.


And the Official Oscar categories

Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
  1. George Clooney in “Michael Clayton” (Warner Bros.)
  2. Daniel Day-Lewis in “There Will Be Blood” (Paramount Vantage and Miramax)
  3. Johnny Depp in “Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”(DreamWorks and Warner Bros., Distributed by DreamWorks/Paramount)
  4. Tommy Lee Jones in “In the Valley of Elah” (Warner Independent)
  5. Viggo Mortensen in “Eastern Promises” (Focus Features)

Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
  1. Casey Affleck in “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” (Warner Bros.)
  2. Javier Bardem in “No Country for Old Men” (Miramax and Paramount Vantage)
  3. Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Charlie Wilson’s War” (Universal)
  4. Hal Holbrook in “Into the Wild” (Paramount Vantage and River Road Entertainment)
  5. Tom Wilkinson in “Michael Clayton” (Warner Bros.)
Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
  1. Cate Blanchett in “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” (Universal)
  2. Julie Christie in “Away from Her” (Lionsgate)
  3. Marion Cotillard in “La Vie en Rose” (Picturehouse)
  4. Laura Linney in “The Savages” (Fox Searchlight)
  5. Ellen Page in “Juno” (Fox Searchlight)
Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
  1. Cate Blanchett in “I’m Not There” (The Weinstein Company)
  2. Ruby Dee in “American Gangster” (Universal)
  3. Saoirse Ronan in “Atonement” (Focus Features)
  4. Amy Ryan in “Gone Baby Gone” (Miramax)
  5. Tilda Swinton in “Michael Clayton” (Warner Bros.)
Best Animated Feature of the Year
  1. “Persepolis” (Sony Pictures Classics) Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud
  2. “Ratatouille” (Walt Disney) Brad Bird
  3. “Surf's Up” (Sony Pictures Releasing) Ash Brannon and Chris Buck

Achievement in Directing

  1. “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” (Miramax/Pathé Renn) Julian Schnabel
  2. “Juno” (Fox Searchlight) Jason Reitman
  3. “Michael Clayton” (Warner Bros.) Tony Gilroy
  4. “No Country for Old Men” (Miramax and Paramount Vantage) Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
  5. “There Will Be Blood” (Paramount Vantage and Miramax) Paul Thomas Anderson

Best Documentary Feature
  1. “No End in Sight” (Magnolia Pictures)
  2. “Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience” (The Documentary Group)
  3. “Sicko” (Lionsgate and The Weinstein Company)
  4. “Taxi to the Dark Side” (THINKFilm)
  5. “War/Dance” (THINKFilm)

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
  1. “Beaufort” A Metro Communications, Movie Plus Production - Israel
  2. “The Counterfeiters” An Aichholzer Filmproduktion, Magnolia Filmproduktion Production - Austria
  3. “Katyń” An Akson Studio Production - Poland
  4. “Mongol” A Eurasia Film Production - Kazakhstan
  5. “12” A Three T Production - Russia

Original Score
  1. “Atonement” (Focus Features) Dario Marianelli
  2. “The Kite Runner” (DreamWorks, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Participant Productions, Distributed by Paramount Classics) Alberto Iglesias
  3. “Michael Clayton” (Warner Bros.) James Newton Howard
  4. “Ratatouille” (Walt Disney) Michael Giacchino
  5. “3:10 to Yuma” (Lionsgate) Marco Beltrami

Original Song
  1. “Falling Slowly” from “Once”(Fox Searchlight) Music and Lyric by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova
  2. “Happy Working Song” from “Enchanted”(Walt Disney)Music by Alan Menken Lyric by Stephen Schwartz
  3. “Raise It Up” from “August Rush”(Warner Bros.) Music and lyric by Jamal Joseph, Charles Mack and Tevin Thomas
  4. “So Close” from “Enchanted”(Walt Disney) Music by Alan Menken Lyric by Stephen Schwartz
  5. “That’s How You Know” from “Enchanted”(Walt Disney) Music by Alan Menken Lyric by Stephen Schwartz

Best Picture
  1. “Atonement” (Focus Features)
  2. “Juno” (Fox Searchlight)
  3. “Michael Clayton” (Warner Bros.)
  4. “No Country for Old Men” (Miramax and Paramount Vantage)
  5. “There Will Be Blood” (Paramount Vantage and Miramax)

Adapted Screenplay
  1. “Atonement” (Focus Features) Screenplay by Christopher Hampton
  2. “Away from Her” (Lionsgate) Written by Sarah Polley
  3. “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” (Miramax/Pathé Renn) Screenplay by Ronald Harwood
  4. “No Country for Old Men” (Miramax and Paramount Vantage) Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
  5. “There Will Be Blood” (Paramount Vantage and Miramax) Written for the screen by Paul Thomas Anderson

Original Screenplay
  1. “Juno” (Fox Searchlight) Written by Diablo Cody
  2. “Lars and the Real Girl” (MGM) Written by Nancy Oliver
  3. “Michael Clayton” (Warner Bros.) Written by Tony Gilroy
  4. “Ratatouille” (Walt Disney) Screenplay by Brad Bird Story by Jan Pinkava, Jim Capobianco, Brad Bird
  5. “The Savages” (Fox Searchlight) Written by Tamara Jenkins


Get your votes in by 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 24th. If you haven't seen all the movies, you don't need to vote in all the categories to play.

3 comments:

False Prophet said...

OK, let's see:

The MJ categories are tough since I haven't really paid attention to mainstream celebs this year:

1. Performance by an interviewer from an embarrassing television program - Elizabeth Hasselback?

2. Most Beautiful Gown - Isla Fisher--Sacha Baron Cohen's fiancee

3. Most Horrifyingly Ugly Gown - Miley Cyrus

4. Suavest Suit/Tux - Denzel Washington

5. Most excruciatingly ill conceived withdrawal from the traditional tuxedo motif - Hayden Christiansen

6. Best Wardrobe Malfunction - Kanye West

7. Star most talked about for having recently split from a spouse/significant other - with much discussion of said star's bravery or folly in showing up solo at the ceremony - I can't think of anyone that applies to this year.

8. Most Memorable Acceptance Speech - George Clooney

9. Most strained and awkward face during an embarrassing close-up on a non-winner during the winner's walk to the stage and speech - Cate Blanchett

10. Most painfully written/performed presentation of an award. The current list of anticipated presenters is available on the Wikipedia article for the event. - Patrick Dempsey


And the Official Oscar categories

Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

1. George Clooney in “Michael Clayton” (Warner Bros.)
2. Daniel Day-Lewis in “There Will Be Blood” (Paramount Vantage and Miramax
3. Johnny Depp in “Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”(DreamWorks and Warner Bros., Distributed by DreamWorks/Paramount)
4. Tommy Lee Jones in “In the Valley of Elah” (Warner Independent)
5. Viggo Mortensen in “Eastern Promises” (Focus Features)

Depp was amazing in Sweeney Todd but the Academy will play it safe and go with Day-Lewis.


Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

1. Casey Affleck in “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” (Warner Bros.)
2. Javier Bardem in “No Country for Old Men” (Miramax and Paramount Vantage)
3. Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Charlie Wilson’s War” (Universal)
4. Hal Holbrook in “Into the Wild” (Paramount Vantage and River Road Entertainment)
5. Tom Wilkinson in “Michael Clayton” (Warner Bros.)

This is the only major nomination for "Charlie Wilson's War", right? So I'm going with Hoffman.

Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

1. Cate Blanchett in “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” (Universal)
2. Julie Christie in “Away from Her” (Lionsgate)
3. Marion Cotillard in “La Vie en Rose” (Picturehouse)
4. Laura Linney in “The Savages” (Fox Searchlight)
5. Ellen Page in “Juno” (Fox Searchlight)

This category only highlights the lack of good roles for women this year, that they had to nominate that trainwreck, "Elizabeth the Golden Age" for anything. I've heard good things about "Away From Her" and support Sarah Polley so I'll say Julie Christie.

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

1. Cate Blanchett in “I’m Not There” (The Weinstein Company)
2. Ruby Dee in “American Gangster” (Universal)
3. Saoirse Ronan in “Atonement” (Focus Features)
4. Amy Ryan in “Gone Baby Gone” (Miramax)
5. Tilda Swinton in “Michael Clayton” (Warner Bros.)

See--so few good female roles this year they nominated Cate here as well! I'll say Tilda Swinton though--she's fantastic in genre work, I'm sure she's great in serious drama too.

Best Animated Feature of the Year

1. “Persepolis” (Sony Pictures Classics) Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud
2. “Ratatouille” (Walt Disney) Brad Bird
3. “Surf's Up” (Sony Pictures Releasing) Ash Brannon and Chris Buck

Tough call--I loved Ratatouille but I want Persepolis to win--Marjane Satrapi is brilliant. I'll say Persepolis.


Achievement in Directing

1. “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” (Miramax/Pathé Renn) Julian Schnabel
2. “Juno” (Fox Searchlight) Jason Reitman
3. “Michael Clayton” (Warner Bros.) Tony Gilroy
4. “No Country for Old Men” (Miramax and Paramount Vantage) Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
5. “There Will Be Blood” (Paramount Vantage and Miramax) Paul Thomas Anderson

I'll say "Juno" because I think Reitman's an up-and-comer to watch.

Best Documentary Feature

1. “No End in Sight” (Magnolia Pictures)
2. “Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience” (The Documentary Group)
3. “Sicko” (Lionsgate and The Weinstein Company)
4. “Taxi to the Dark Side” (THINKFilm)
5. “War/Dance” (THINKFilm)

"Sicko" made some good points for suffered from too much Michael Moore-ism. I'm going with "War/Dance".

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year

1. “Beaufort” A Metro Communications, Movie Plus Production - Israel
2. “The Counterfeiters” An Aichholzer Filmproduktion, Magnolia Filmproduktion Production - Austria
3. “Katyń” An Akson Studio Production - Poland
4. “Mongol” A Eurasia Film Production - Kazakhstan
5. “12” A Three T Production - Russia

Surprise! Haven't seen any of them this year. Let's say "Mongol": I like the title and it's good to see a real Kazakh film out there.
Original Score

1. “Atonement” (Focus Features) Dario Marianelli
2. “The Kite Runner” (DreamWorks, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Participant Productions, Distributed by Paramount Classics) Alberto Iglesias
3. “Michael Clayton” (Warner Bros.) James Newton Howard
4. “Ratatouille” (Walt Disney) Michael Giacchino
5. “3:10 to Yuma” (Lionsgate) Marco Beltrami

I have been a huge Michael Giacchino fan since his early work on the Medal of Honor video games, so I'm betting on him.


Original Song

1. “Falling Slowly” from “Once”(Fox Searchlight) Music and Lyric by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova
2. “Happy Working Song” from “Enchanted”(Walt Disney)Music by Alan Menken Lyric by Stephen Schwartz
3. “Raise It Up” from “August Rush”(Warner Bros.) Music and lyric by Jamal Joseph, Charles Mack and Tevin Thomas
4. “So Close” from “Enchanted”(Walt Disney) Music by Alan Menken Lyric by Stephen Schwartz
5. “That’s How You Know” from “Enchanted”(Walt Disney) Music by Alan Menken Lyric by Stephen Schwartz

"Raise it up" for not being in "Enchanted"

Best Picture

1. “Atonement” (Focus Features)
2. “Juno” (Fox Searchlight)
3. “Michael Clayton” (Warner Bros.)
4. “No Country for Old Men” (Miramax and Paramount Vantage)
5. “There Will Be Blood” (Paramount Vantage and Miramax)

Hopefully, "Juno".

Adapted Screenplay

1. “Atonement” (Focus Features) Screenplay by Christopher Hampton
2. “Away from Her” (Lionsgate) Written by Sarah Polley
3. “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” (Miramax/Pathé Renn) Screenplay by Ronald Harwood
4. “No Country for Old Men” (Miramax and Paramount Vantage) Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
5. “There Will Be Blood” (Paramount Vantage and Miramax) Written for the screen by Paul Thomas Anderson

"Away From Her". More props for Sarah Polley.

Original Screenplay

1. “Juno” (Fox Searchlight) Written by Diablo Cody
2. “Lars and the Real Girl” (MGM) Written by Nancy Oliver
3. “Michael Clayton” (Warner Bros.) Written by Tony Gilroy
4. “Ratatouille” (Walt Disney) Screenplay by Brad Bird Story by Jan Pinkava, Jim Capobianco, Brad Bird
5. “The Savages” (Fox Searchlight) Written by Tamara Jenkins

"Juno", I hope.

Anonymous said...

Here are the votes from Kingston from W, G, and GTB!
Mad Jenny categories

1. Performance by an interviewer from an embarrassing television program – Barbara Walters

2. Most Beautiful Gown – Sarah Polley

3. Most Horrifyingly Ugly Gown – Diane Keaton

4. Suavest Suit/Tux – Sacha Baron Cohen

5. Most excruciatingly ill conceived withdrawal from the traditional tuxedo motif – Sacha Baron Cohen, not sure which one he’ll be, but he’ll be at one of the extremes!

6. Best Wardrobe Malfunction – Jonah Hill

7. Star most talked about for having recently split from a spouse/significant other - with much discussion of said star's bravery or folly in showing up solo at the ceremony – perhaps a Entertainment show reporter reminding Jennifer Aniston that she was once married to Brad Pitt and missed the opportunity to have children with him

8. Most Memorable Acceptance Speech – Julie Christie

9. Most strained and awkward face during an embarrassing close-up on a non-winner during the winner's walk to the stage and speech – Tommy Lee Jones

10. Most painfully written/performed presentation of an award. The current list of anticipated presenters is available on the Wikipedia article for the event. – Harrison Ford

And the Official Oscar categories

Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role – Hoping for Johnny Depp in Sweeney

Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role – Casey Affleck as a longshot

Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role – the consensus here is that it would be great to see Ellen Page win but it’ll likely go to Julie Christie.

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role – Tilda Swinton (but it should have been Helena Bonham Carter!)

Best Animated Feature of the Year - Ratatouille

Achievement in Directing – Jason Reitman



Best Documentary Feature – GTB thinks they’re afraid to let Michael Moore make another speech so No End in Sight.

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year - Beaufort

Original Score – A Kingston radio station reported that the reason Eddie Vedder’s score to Into the wild wasn’t considered was because it was too “song-based.” Alas, instead a vote for James Newton Howard.

Original Song – Enchanted vote could be split so “Falling slowly”

Best Picture – Juno

Adapted Screenplay – Sarah Polley

Original Screenplay – Michael Clayton by Tony Gilroy

MadJenny said...

Ok. So I guess I should post my own guesses! We've also had a couple of email entries, so this is a hotly contested race.

Kingston cohort - I think GTB has a good point about Michael Moore. She ought to know about people being disapproving, so I guess she knows about that stuff.

MJ categories:

Performance by an interviewer:
I'm going to have to go with Ben Mulroney. He's just so painful that his painfulness is tough to match.

Most Beautiful Gown: I'm going to go with Cate Blanchett. I often find her dresses striking, and she's up for two awards. So, pregnant or not, she'll be looking good.

Most Horrifyingly Ugly Gown:
Helena Bonham Carter - much as I adore her, the things that woman chooses to sport in public!

Suavest Suit/Tux: George Clooney - is anyone ever suaver than the George?

Most excruciatingly ill conceived withdrawal from the traditional tuxedo motif: Colin Farrell - he's presenting, and he never fails to horrify with his choice of wardrobe.

Best Wardrobe Malfunction: Renee Zellweger. She usually wears ludicrous dresses that she has trouble walking in.

Star most talked about for having recently split from a spouse/significant other... - you're right, there haven't been many big ones this year. Maybe Cameron Diaz - is this the year she broke up with Justin Timberlake?

Most Memorable Acceptance Speech - Sarah Polley. Cause she always says interesting things.

Most strained and awkward face during an embarrassing close-up on a non-winner during the winner's walk to the stage and speech - I'll go with Tommy Lee Jones

Most painfully written/performed presentation of an award. - John Travolta - he's always painful


Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: I think I have to go with Daniel Day-Lewis too. But I'd love to see Johnny win sometime.

Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: I haven't seen the movie, but I love Tom Wilkinson. So I'll go with him.

Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Let's go Canada with Ellen Page

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: I think it'll be the year of young with Saoirse Ronan

Best Animated Feature of the Year: Let's say Ratatouille

Achievement in Directing: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Best Documentary Feature: “Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience”. Wild guess.


Best Foreign Language Film of the Year: “Beaufort” A Metro Communications, Movie Plus Production - Israel

Original Score: “Atonement” (Focus Features) Dario Marianelli - at least I loved it.

Original Song: “That’s How You Know” from “Enchanted” Just cause. I really liked the movie. I thought it was really joyful, and purely fun. And there's a place for that.

Best Picture - Atonement.

Adapted Screenplay - “Away from Her” (Lionsgate) Written by Sarah Polley. Haven't seen this yet either, but I'm a Sarah Polley fan from away back when.

Original Screenplay - Juno