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March 21, 2023

Not to miss on TV: The Oscars

HBO on Sunday night will broadcast live 2010’s Oscar ceremony. Red carpet begins at 3 am, while the ceremony as usual at 4 a.m. This year Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin are sharing the presenter’s role. Even with 10 movies in the top spot, this year’s race is dubiously notable because key contests, especially in the acting categories, seem like done deals. But that sly Oscar can be unpredictable now and then.

Here are Nine O’Clock’s predictions:

Best actor in a lead role: Jeff Bridges for “Crazy Heart” This is an actor with a wide range of illustrious parts in movies, but he has never won, so it seems like a perfect fit.

Best actress in a leading role: Sandra Bullock for “The Blind Side” Everyone’s sweetheart wields some impressive acting chops in this one and proves she can be a serious contender even for such heavies as Streep or Mirren.

Best supporting actor: Christoph Waltz for “Inglorious Bastards” There is no doubt about this one, he has taken home every possible award so far, so no upset here.

Best supporting actress: Mo’Nique for “Precious” The actress is playing a horrifyingly manipulative mother who abuses her obese daughter. Absolutely stunning performance.

Best director: Although this is a battle between the ex-es, it is quite obvious James Cameron will be snubbed from this category, so his former wife Kathryn Bigelow will win, for a film I have hated so much, called “The Hurt Locker.”

Best movie: If there is any sane mind between voters, then “Avatar” will get its well-deserved stand as this year’s best. But, chances are “The Hurt Locker” with its highly American and silly war-perspective will appeal more to those who don’t really go for Cameron’s blue creatures and ecological message.

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