Gear Diary Quickie: Oscar Weekend!

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Gear Diary Quickie: Oscar Weekend!

Glitz and glamour. Speeches with stamors. The 83rd Academy Awards celebrates the best in film and always attracts huge audiences. The best films compete for the Oscar statue this Sunday, February 27, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood and Highland Center® televised live on ABC beginning at 5:30 p.m., PT / 8:30 p.m., ET. Anne Hathaway and James Franco will share the hosting duties as the stars squirm in their seats as Hollywood displays a solid year in film…without extended movie montages and, sadly, the honorable actor/actress nomination read by close friends/colleagues. Producers will add an elementary school choir, Twittering moms of nominated stars, a more technologically driven set, and, best of all, bring back the Best Song performances – a total of four this year including Randy Newman, Mandy Moore & Zachary Levi, Gwyneth Paltrow with Florence + the Machine subbing for Dido’s “If I Rise” from 127 Hours.

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Need help in your Oscar pool? Check out my picks below.

Best Picture

The King’s Speech


Best Director

David Fincher, The Social Network

Best Actor

Colin Firth, The King’s Speech


Best Actress

Natalie Portman, Black Swan

Best Animated Film

Toy Story 3

Best Supporting Actor

Christian Bale, The Fighter

Best Supporting Actress

Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit

Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network


Best Writing (Original Screenplay)

Christopher Nolan, Inception

Best Music (Original Score)

Inception (Hans Zimmer)

Best Music (Original Song)

“I See the Light” from Tangled

Art Direction

The King’s Speech


True Grit, Roger Deakins

Costume Design

Alice in Wonderland, Colleen Atwood

Documentary (Feature)

Restrepo, Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger

Documentary (Short Subject)

Strangers No More

Film Editing

The Social Network

Foreign Language Film

Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi), Algeria


The Wolfman, Rick Baker and Dave Elsey

Short Film (Animated)

The Gruffalo, Jakob Schuh and Max Lang

Short Film (Live Action)

God of Love, Luke Matheny

Sound Editing

Inception, Richard King

Sound Mixing

The King’s Speech, Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen and John Midgley

Visual Effects

Inception, Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb

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