While the Oscars may be a night of celebration, star-studded intrigue, and breathtaking moments for some, for others the annual awards show means a night of disappointment, of shattered dreams and of hours spent crying in the stall of a Kodak Theatre bathroom. So who will come out with the coveted golden trophy and who will come out empty handed?  Students have made their predictions, and the winners are…

Best Picture

Avatar (40%)

A space expedition to a feral planet, Avatar follows the adventures of Jake Sully, a paraplegic marine who finds himself thrust into encounters with the planets natives, the Na’vi.  As he grows more attached to the natives, he must ultimately face a decision between his duty as a soldier and his love for the native people.

The Blindside (17%)

Inglourious Basterds (9%)

Up (9%)

Precious (8%)

Best Director

James Cameron (58.1%)

Famed director of Titanic and The Terminator, Cameron has a knack for action sequences and intense special effects. In his most recent film, Avatar, Cameron reaches the peak of his directing skills, seamlessly switching from the most frantic of action scenes, to personal, more dramatic scenes.

Quentin Tarantino (22.7%)

Peter Jackson (6.3%)

Lee Daniels (4.5%)

Kathryn Bigelow (5.4%)

Best Actor in a starring role

George Clooney (33.6%)

Nimbly alternating between comedy and subtle desperation, Clooney starring in Up in the Air as Ryan Bingham, perfectly represents the nuances of his character and, in doing so, raises the movie to altogether greater heights.

Morgan Freeman (33.6%)

Morgan Freeman portrays South African president, Nelson Mandela, in Invictus, who tries to unify his country one step at a time. Freeman brings any role full circle.

Jeremy Renner (16.3%)

Toby Maguire (11.8%)

Jeff Bridges (5.4%)

Best Actress in a Starring Role

Sandra Bullock (62.7%)

Starring in The Blind Side, Sandra Bullock plays Leigh Anne Tuohy, a devoted, strong-willed mother.  Without over-acting, Bullock is able to inhabit the larger-than-life spirit and determination of Tuohy, while at the same time revealing the character’s own personal struggles and weaknesses. It is her best performance since Crash.

Meryl Streep (18.1%)

Gabourey Sidibe (11.8%)

Carey Mulligan (4.5%)

Starring in The Blind Side, Sandra Bullock plays Leigh Anne Tuohy, a devoted, strong-willed mother.  Without over-acting, Bullock is able to inhabit the larger-than-life spirit and determination of Tuohy, while at the same time revealing the character’s own personal struggles and weaknesses. It is her best performance since Crash.

Meryl Streep (18.1%)

Gabourey Sidibe (11.8%)

Carey Mulligan (4.5%)

Helen Miran (3.6%)

Starring in The Blind Side, Sandra Bullock plays Leigh Anne Tuohy, a devoted, strong-willed mother.  Without over-acting, Bullock is able to inhabit the larger-than-life spirit and determination of Tuohy, while at the same time revealing the character’s own personal struggles and weaknesses. It is her best performance since Crash.

Meryl Streep (18.1%)

Gabourey Sidibe (11.8%)

Carey Mulligan (4.5%)

Helen Miran (3.6%)

Best Supporting Actor

Christoph Waltz (41.8%)

This relatively unknown German actor jumped into the spotlight with his role as Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds. Landa, a sociopathic Nazi “Jew Hunter,” manipulates and kills throughout the film, while at the same time appearing comical.

Matt Damon (31.8%)

Stanely Tucci (20.9%)

Woody Harrelson (10.9%)

Christopher Plummer (3.6 %)


Best Supporting Actress

Mo’nique (36.3 %)

A stand-up comedian by trade, Mo’nique sheds all sense of comedy and instead takes on a role of devastation and brutality as the abusive mother in Precious.

Penelope Cruz (30%)

Anna Kendrick (20%)

Maggie Gyllenhall (8.1%)

Vera Farmiga (5.4 %)

Best Animated Feature Film

Up (80%)

A story of old dreams and missed opportunities, Up follows one old man, one boy, one talking dog, and one giant bird as they fight on a tropical island against an old explorer and his own force of talking dogs.  While it may sound strange, Up is actually one of the most heartfelt films of the year.

Fantastic Mr. Fox (10%)

Coraline (8.1%)

The Princess and the Frog (1.8%)