The Oscar nominations will be announced bright and early Tuesday morning (2/2/10) so that means it’s time for the annual LiC Pick the Nominees contest.

Last year, LiC reader Pierre de Plume won himself a fantastic movie t-shirt from the fine folks at Muze. If memory serves, he chose the “Oh, stewardess. I speak jive” shirt from Airplane.

Be sure to read all of this year’s rules carefully to ensure a valid entry. I want this to be fun, not a pain in the ass and I don’t want to see anyone disqualified for stupid reasons.

This year the person who correctly guesses the most nominees will win the Criterion DVD of their choice – no fancy box sets, just titles with an  SRP of $49.95 or less according to the Criterion website.

For international contestants who don’t have a region-free DVD player (or for anyone who just doesn’t want a Criterion DVD), we’ll figure out a way to get you the US cash equivalent of $35.

As long as I receive your entry up to the minute before the first nominee is announced you’ll be qualified, but ties will be broken by the order I receive your entry email so get your entries in as quickly as you can to:

win (at) livingincinema.com

Please include the words “2010 OSCAR NOMINEES” in the subject line. If you do not, or if you send it to the wrong address, I can’t guarantee your entry.

Choose your entries from each of the following categories. For Picture remember to pick 10 nominees and for the rest pick 5:

  • Picture
  • Director
  • Actor
  • Actress
  • Supporting Actor
  • Supporting Actress
  • Adapted Screenplay
  • Original Screenplay
  • Cinematography

Very important: for nominations with names of individuals, please include the name of the film since there are a few cases where the same person worked on more than one film. Entries with just an individual’s name will not be counted.

Choosing just a movie title is acceptable for the cinematography, screenplay, director and picture categories, but obviously not for the acting categories.

I’ll try to confirm each entry as I receive them so if you don’t get a confirmation email within 24 hours or so, leave a message on this thread. If you enter with less than 24 hours before the official nominations at 5:30 AM Pacific on Tuesday, I can’t guarantee your entry.

Please, only one entry per person. There’s obviously no way I can really stop you from making multiple entries using multiple email addresses, but don’t be a pig! We’re not talking about thousands of dollars here.

I think that’s all. Have fun and good luck!

22 Responses to “Pick the Oscar nominees, win a Criterion DVD!”

  1. Best Picture
    * AVATAR
    * EDUCATION, AN
    * HURT LOCKER, THE
    * INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
    * INVICTUS
    * PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL ‘PUSH’ BY SAPPHIRE
    * SERIOUS MAN, A
    * STAR TREK
    * UP
    * UP IN THE AIR

    Direction
    * AVATAR (James Cameron)
    * HURT LOCKER (Kathryn Bigelow)
    * INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS (Quentin Tarantino)
    * PRECIOUS (Lee Daniels)
    * UP IN THE AIR (Jason Reitman)

    Actor
    * Jeff Bridges – CRAZY HEART
    * George Clooney – UP IN THE AIR
    * Colin Firth – A SINGLE MAN
    * Morgan Freeman – INVICTUS
    * Jeremy Renner – THE HURT LOCKER

    Actress
    * Emily Blunt – THE YOUNG VICTORIA
    * Sandra Bullock – THE BLIND SIDE
    * Carey Mulligan – AN EDUCATION
    * Gabourey Sidibe – PRECIOUS
    * Meryl Streep – JULIE & JULIA

    Supporting Actor
    * Woody Harrelson – THE MESSENGER
    * Alfred Molina – AN EDUCATION
    * Christopher Plummer – THE LAST STATION
    * Stanley Tucci – THE LOVELY BONES
    * Christoph Waltz – INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS

    Supporting Actress
    * Vera Farmiga – UP IN THE AIR
    * Anna Kendrick – UP IN THE AIR
    * Mo’Nique – PRECIOUS
    * Julianne Moore – A SINGLE MAN
    * Samantha Morton – THE MESSENGER

    Original Screenplay
    * (500) DAYS OF SUMMER (Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber)
    * THE HURT LOCKER (Mark Boal)
    * INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS (Quentin Tarantino)
    * A SERIOUS MAN (Joel & Ethan Coen)
    * UP (Bob Peterson & Pete Docter)

    Adapted Screenplay
    * DISTRICT 9 (Neill Blomkamp & Terri Tatchell)
    * AN EDUCATION (Nick Hornby)
    * IN THE LOOP (Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci & Tony Roche)
    * PRECIOUS (Geoffrey Fletcher)
    * UP IN THE AIR (Jason Reitman & Sheldon Turner)

    Foreign Language Film
    * AJAMI, Israel
    * KELIN, Kazkahstan
    * A PROHET, France
    * THE WHITE RIBBON, Germany
    * WINTER IN WARTIME, The Netherlands

    Animated Feature Film
    * CORALINE
    * FANTASTIC MR. FOX
    * PONYO
    * THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG
    * UP

    Documentary Feature Film
    * THE BEACHES OF AGNES
    * THE COVE
    * FOOD, INC
    * LIVING IN EMERGENCY
    * UNDER OUR SKIN

    Documentary Short Subject
    * CHINA’S UNNATURAL DISASTER
    * THE LAST TRUCK: THE CLOSING OF A GM PLANT
    * RABBIT A LA BERLIN
    * TELL THEM ANYTHING YOU WANT: A PORTRAIT OF MAURICE SENDAK

    Short Film – Animated
    * THE CAT PIANO
    * FRENCH ROAST
    * THE KINEMATOGRAPH
    * PARTLY CLOUDY
    * RUNAWAY

    Short Film – Live Action
    * THE GROUND BENEATH
    * INSTEAD OF ABRACADABRA
    * MIRACLE FISH
    * SHORT TERM 12
    * SIDNEY TURTLEBAUM

    Art Direction – Set Decoration
    * AVATAR
    * DISTRICT 9
    * THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS
    * INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
    * NINE

    Cinematography
    * BRIGHT STAR
    * THE HURT LOCKER
    * INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
    * NINE
    * THE WHITE RIBBON

    Costume Design
    * BRIGHT STAR
    * COCO BEFORE CHANEL
    * THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS
    * NINE
    * THE YOUNG VICTORIA

    Film Editing
    * AVATAR
    * DISTRICT 9
    * THE HURT LOCKER
    * INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
    * STAR TREK

    Makeup
    * DISTRICT 9
    * THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS
    * STAR TREK

    Music Score
    * AVATAR / James Horner
    * COCO BEFORE CHANEL / Alexandre Desplat
    * PUBLIC ENEMIES / Elliot Goldenthal
    * SINGLE MAN / Abel Korzeniowski
    * UP / Michael Giacchino

    Original Song
    * AVATAR, “I See You”
    * CRAZY HEART, “The Weary Kind”
    * EVERYBODY’S FINE, “(I Want To) Come Home”
    * NINE, “Take It All”
    * PRINCESS AND THE FROG, “Almost There”

    Sound
    * AVATAR
    * THE HURT LOCKER
    * STAR TREK
    * TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN
    * UP

    Sound Ediiting
    * AVATAR
    * THE HURT LOCKER
    * STAR TREK
    * TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN
    * UP

    Visual Effects
    * AVATAR
    * DISTRICT 9
    * STAR TREK

  2. Not sure why the bullets turned into ?s, but whatever.

  3. (I changed them to stars so it looked more sensical)

    Be sure to email it in so your entry is official!

  4. Sounds like a lot of fun! I think I’ll join the competition this year :) It’s really a nice idea, Craig!

  5. I love how you say don’t be a pig :) I was deciding not to predict Oscars, but I’ll be damned if I’ll pass up this offer. Of course, I’ll lose…

  6. I can pretty much guarantee you’ll all score better than I will. That won’t stop me from entering though.

  7. You people need to stop entering so I have a better shot!

  8. I included an out-of-left-field Best Actress nomination that I I just couldn’t shake. Let’s see how that pans out…

  9. Paul, I can never resist the left field picks and they kill me EVERY time.

    I’ll unveil my own predictions probably on Monday.

  10. You’re right, Craig — the prize was “Oh stewardess, I speak Jive.” Those Muze t-shirts are high quality, plus all the stars wear them — even Ryan Seacrest!

  11. Why did I say “waitress”? Airplanes don’t have waitresses…

  12. Airplanes don’t have waitresses…

    In all fairness, nor do they have stewardesses any more — just “flight attendants.”

  13. Craig, I think there will be a left field Best Actress nominee this year…just not sure if it’ll turn out to be the one I picked…

  14. I don’t get this “region-free” DVD player business and I don’t know how to check if mine is/isn’t region-free. Maybe someone can offer a few pointers?

    How come the prize is a SRP(?) DVD of $49.95 but then there is talk of US equivalent $35? I’m a bit perplexed. Is it an American thing or am I just being a dense Aussie?

    Anyway, my picks are in the mail Craig. Here’s hoping!

  15. Just submitted my entry Craig! I was a quasi-winner last year (picking the top number of nominations but pipped to the post by the speedy Pierre!). Here’s hoping I can do one better.

    Just don’t mind the dodgy formatting that Gmail added to my entry… Good luck everyone and may there be surprises come nomination morning (my chances of winning depend heavily on it!)

  16. That’s always the problem, Paul. Always a surprise, but I usually get the wrong one.

    Andy, the reason for the discrepancy is that SRP is just Criterion’s suggested price. No one actually charges that much and I don’t expect to have to pay it for the winning DVD. Most Criterion DVDs go for 20-35 dollars.

    I chose the Criterion SRP as a guideline that would be the same for everyone and people could get an idea of what they could or couldn’t win. Does that make sense?

    Good to have you back, Kevin. Good luck!

  17. Andy, most down under DVD players are multi-region ones now. You can use Professor Google to check out whether your player is and, if it’s not, to check if there is a region hack (using the remote control to change the region of your player). Just google brand and model followed by “multi-region hack”.

  18. Okay, just to be clear. We’re only picking the nominees for those nine categories? Right?

  19. That is correct.

    You’re welcome to post additional predictions on the official prediction thread for bragging rights though.

    http://livingincinema.com/2010/02/01/lics-oscar-nomination-prediction-conjunction-junction-function/

  20. Gee, thanks sartre. Very helpful! Multi-Region basically means the DVD will play unrestricted in any region right, not just US, etc?

  21. Yes Andy, that’s correct. Supply Professor Google with the right questions and hopefully you’ll soon ascertain whether your DVD player is multi-regional and, if not, how to use a remote control hack to change the player’s region. That opens up many additional titles on DVD for you.

    Depending on the relative strength of the US dollar and the pound it is often far cheaper to import DVDs than buy them down under (even taking into account shipping cost). That’s not the case for new releases, but overseas prices drop fast as DVDs become older. Check out both UK and US Amazon together with other international online retail DVD sites. UK Amazon sometimes wins out because its shipping rate is cheaper to this part of the world. Warning though, Criterion DVDs are mostly prohibitively expensive for us foreigners with weaker currencies.

  22. Did the tabulation monkey deliver the results yet?

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