Ellen Degeneres, who’ll host
this year’s Awards

The Academy Awards furnish guerdon to films, actors, directors, and others — possibly including best boys, grips, and best boy grips.  Here, now, Blawgletter predicts the results of the impending Oscars.  We focus on the five Best Picture nominees.

Babel gets nods for Best Supporting Actress (Rinko Kikuchi) and Best Director (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu).  Blawgletter doesn’t understand the movie’s story line but wonders why the Academy dissed Brad Pitt, who gets much play in the trailer.  Go Rinko!

The Departed leaves the gate with nominations for Best Supporting Actor (Mark Wahlberg) and Best Director (Martin Scorsese).  Blawgletter foresees Departed leaving with Best Picture and Best Director.

Letters from Iwo Jima, counterpart of Flags of Our Fathers, writes of senseless slaughter and horrific loss.  Sound familiar?  But don’t expect it, or gentlemanly director Clint Eastwood, to win this year.

Little Miss Sunshine earns nominations for Best Supporting Actor (Alan Arkin) and Actress (Abigail Breslin). Blawgletter loves Arkin. He’ll win.

Finally, The Queen produces Academy proposals for Best Actress (Helen Mirren) and Best Director (Stephen Frears).  Mirren in a runaway.

Who’ll win Best Actor?  Blawgletter crosses fingers for Forest Whitaker, lead in The Last King of Scotland.

Barry Barnett

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