Future date night at the Sullivan home… Moneyball

Seriously, it is the PERFECT date film for me.
I get to watch baseball… my wife gets to watch Brad Pitt.

What more could we want?

It’s a good preview. It looks like The Social Network for baseball.

Now of course I thought the movie would go something like this:

Billy Beane drafts Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder and Barry Zito… has a bunch of guys on steroids in the lineup and wins the Division a few times but makes it out of the Division Series once.

But that’s not as good of a story.

Movie looks good.
I’ll buy some Milk Duds for my wife.

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Sully’s Oscar Predictions

I could very easily write a second blog called “Sully Oscars” but I’m spending a wee too much time writing THIS blog to do a second one.

But I do want my predictions in writing and out there for all my readers to see.

I like the 10 picture nomination change. It gives the Oscars a better cross section of the movies of the year.

This is an interesting Oscar year. A lot of years you have heard people whining that there aren’t enough mainstream hits being nominated (blame the studios for not making enough Oscar worthy films.) But this year with films like Black Swan, The Fighter, True Grit and The King’s Speech, you see a lot of Oscar bait have become big money makers even before the Awards are handed out.

Mix them up with some mainstream hits like Inception and Toy Story 3 and indie fare like The Kids are Alright and Winter’s Bone and you have a pretty interesting line up.

(And of course there is the obligatory “Man who cuts his damn arm off” movie in 127 Hours.)

All that being said, Toy Story 3 is still the best movie of the year… but who is counting?

Here are my predictions.
These are not the films I think SHOULD win but what I predict WILL win.

Let’s see how I do:

BEST PICTUREThe King’s Speech
BEST DIRECTORTom HooperThe King’s Speech
BEST ACTORColin FirthThe King’s Speech
BEST ACTRESSNatalie PortmanBlack Swan
BEST SUPPORTING ACTORChristian BaleThe Fighter
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESSHelena Bonham Carter – The King’s Speech
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAYDavid SeidlerThe King’s Speech
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAYAaron SorkinThe Social Network
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE Toy Story 3
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMBiutiful

BEST ART DIRECTIONThe King’s Speech
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHYTrue Grit
BEST COSTUME DESIGN – The King’s Speech
BEST EDITINGThe Social Network
BEST MAKE UPThe Wolfman
BEST MUSIC SCORE The Social Network
BEST ORIGINAL SONG – “We Belong Together” – Toy Story 3
BEST SOUNDInception
BEST SOUND EFFECTS EDITING – Inception
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS Inception

And yup, I make the Documentary and the Short Film predictions as well.

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATUREInside Job
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORTKilling in the Name
BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM The Gruffalo
BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILMWish 143

I know a lot of people think the awards will be split between The Social Network and The King’s Speech, but I think the praise for The Social Network peaked. And I think The King’s Speech will rampage for 7 Oscars and even have the upsets in the Director and Supporting Actress category. (Helena Bonham Carter has been an incredibly respected actress for a long time without a golden boy on her mantle. I think she’ll get one over Melissa Leo, who was awesome in The Fighter.)

And I think the brilliant Roger Deakins will win Best Cinematography.
You may not notice that award or know his name… but he was responsible for the photography in The Shawshank Redemption, Kundun, A Beautiful Mind and Revolutionary Road… all amazingly well shot movies.

And oh yeah, he has shot every Coen Brothers film since Barton Fink.

That would include Fargo, The Big Lebowski, O Brother Where Art Thou?, The Man Who Wasn’t There, No Country for Old Men and this year’s True Grit.

You are hard pressed to find a better body of work than that!

Either way, I am going to enjoy the Oscars. I always do.
And as I do every year, enjoy my AMC Oscar segments.

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