The Oscar nominations are out and without having seen any of the nominated films yet, here's my picks:
Best Picture-Milk. The members of the academy are still stinging from criticism about not naming Brokeback Mountain best picture a few years back so they'll vote in droves for Gus Van Sant's Harvey Milk bio pic.
Actor-Mickey Rourke. Hollywood loves a comeback. Sean Penn might win again but the odds are against him because he's alread won for a lesser role in a lesser film.
Actress-Kate Winslet. After being nominated so many times and not winning, Kate finally gets her Oscar this year. And when you look at her body of work, she deserves it.
Supporting Actor-Heath Ledger. No contest.
Supporting Actress-Amy Adams. The academy will forgive her for that horrid piece of crap princess movie she made with Disney a few years ago and they'll give her an Oscar for her otherwise wise acting choices. For my money she should have won an Oscar for her performance in June Bug a few years back.
Best Director-Danny Boyle. His film Slumdog Millionaire will get passed over for the Oscar but the academy won't over look the man who made it.
We'll have to wait for Oscar night to see if I'm right.