So, with the Oscar ceremony taking place in less than a week now, I thought I'd provide my predictions for the outcomes of the night:
Best Picture: All signs still point to Slumdog Millionaire as it continues to win all of the pre-Oscar awards.
Directing: Danny Boyle won the Directors Guild Award, so that seems to be a pretty good indicator.
Best Actor: As much as it may still be a toss-up between Sean Penn and Mickey Rourke, I still believe Penn will win for his outstanding portrayal of Harvey Milk.
Best Actress: Yes, it very well could be Meryl Streep. Or maybe the Academy will award newcomer Anne Hathaway. In the very depths of my gut, though, I honestly believe Kate Winslet is finally going to win. Her performance in The Reader made that movie.
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger for Dark Knight. Duh. And not just because he passed away. If he still were around, he would still win. His Joker is brilliant.
Best Supporting Actress: Penélope Cruz of Vicky Cristina Barcelona is the favored pick, but I think Viola Davis of Doubt will cause an upset.
Animated Feature: Bolt, of course. Just kidding. WALL-E, no question.
Best Original Screenplay: Dustin Lance Black for Milk because it's the only original screenplay nominated for Best Picture.
Best Adapted Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy for Slumdog Millionaire, simple enough.
Sound Editing: I normally don't predict this category, but I honestly think if The Dark Knight wins anything, it should at least win for this. I mean, it's a loud action movie, and one that is done extremely well.
Sound Mixing: The Dark Knight again for the same reasons above.
Film Editing: Slumdog Millionaire could very well win this, but I'm still placing my bets on The Dark Knight in yet another technical category because it deserves to win the second-best award next to Best Picture.
Documentary Feature: Man On Wire because it was really, really good.
Foreign Language Film: Waltz with Bashir because it's more widely-released than The Class, even though both are front-runners.
Cinematography: Slumdog Millionaire because of its crazy angles and colors, and it really was just a beautifully shot film.
Makeup: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button because just remember how Brad Pitt aged.
Visual Effects: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button because, well, remember how Brad Pitt aged.
Original Song: That rousing number in the closing credits of Slumdog Millionaire? It's called "Jai Ho," it's nominated, and it'll probably win.
Art Direction: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button because it had a poetic visual style.
So, there you have it. Tune in to ABC on February 22nd at 8:00pm to catch the 81st Annual Academy Award ceremony to find out how correct your own predictions turn out to be.