i am heartbroken, and i can barely stand it. yes, it sounds And feels awfully melodramatic. i'll be brief:
i worked for more than 10hrs, easily, on my oscar breakdown & predictions--had it finished and polished, even--and now the text is forever lost. all of it. irretrievable.
it was almost certainly my best academy award piece ever, undoubtedly my most extensive.
i will not be writing another one for sunday's ceremony. it just takes too much time, and i have lost my drive.
i will list my forecast here, below. although there will be no big surprises this year (ah, but isn't this very attitude what enables a true surprise...?), i expect you'll do very well in your office pool if you copy my picks. if you want to Win your office pool, you May want to switch a select few. i will even suggest which ones might be smartest to switch (read: if i Don't mention it, don't switch). if you have a weighted scoring system and/or if you're interested in further breakdown, have Any questions/comments, etc., you are welcome to contact me directly. i Luv talking about this silliness.
not-so-subtle reminder lessons: copy & paste material periodically In Addition to auto save procedure; more importantly, enjoy this life of easy unattachment.
hope you have a Great oscar night. more soon (when i get my drive back)....
in order (hopefully):
supporting actress--penelope cruz
supporting actor--heath ledger (absolute #1 lock of the year)
animated feature--wall-e (high value certainty for weighted system)
costume design--the duchess (also high)
film editing--slumdog millionaire (darkhorse--i.e., Could win--the dark knight)
makeup--benjamin button (bank on it)
sound editing--the dark knight (darkhorse = wall-e)
sound mixing--the dark knight (ditto)
documentary feature--man on wire (longshot--i.e., only if there's no justice in the world--trouble the water)
foreign language film--waltz with bashir (darkhorse = the class)
original score--slumdog millionaire (high)
original song--"jai ho" from slumdog
visual effects--benjamin button (high)
art direction--benjamin button (darkhorse = dark knight; [paints an appropriate picture, eh?])
original screenplay--milk (longshot = wall-e)
adapted screenplay--slumdog (longshot = ben button)
live action short film--spielzeugland (toyland), (low); Should Win = auf der Strecke (longshot = new boy)
animated short film--presto (darkhorse = this way up)
documentary short--didn't see Any of them. pundits claim the witness = Will Win. my educated guess says Should Win = the conscience of nhem en
actress--kate winslet (contender = meryl streep), (low)
actor--sean penn (darkhorse = mickey rourke), (low)
picture--slumdog millionaire (longshot = ben button)
feels less melodramatic now that i've done That. and i obviously had to have Some drive to crank even That out. humph.