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Oscar Predictions: Sandra Bullock, Jeff Bridges

Best Actress: Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side

Other nominees: Helen Mirren, The Last Station; Carey Mulligan, An Education; Gabourey Sidibe, Precious; Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia.

Sandra Bullock was under no one's Oscar 2010 radar a mere eight weeks ago. Then John Lee Hancock's sentimental family drama The Blind Side opened to lukewarm reviews and great box office. From then on, it was all about Bullock. Or almost. The vast majority of critics' groups ignored her when announcing their 2009 winners and runner-ups, but she and Meryl Streep tied for the Broadcast Film Critics Association's best actress award, Bullock was chosen the top moneymaking star of 2009, and she took home both the Golden Globe for best actress (drama) and the SAG Award for best actress.

Just as importantly, she received raves for her funny/touching speeches. And she has made a wildly successful comeback. And she looks and sounds like such a good trouper.

Not surprisingly, some say Sandra Bullock is as much a shoo-in at the Oscars as Christoph Waltz, Mo'Nique, and Jeff Bridges. We don't quite see it that way, though Bullock is certainly the odds-on favorite at this stage. The one who might possibly snatch the Oscar from Bullock's fingernails is Meryl Streep, the Oscar's most nominated performer and most frequent loser in the acting categories.

Streep has won kudos from critics for her portrayal of Julia Child in Julie & Julia, a movie that did quite well at the box office, too. She has also given some pretty good speeches, remembering her mother, global disasters, and all. So, expect Sandra Bullock to win, but don't be too surprised if Meryl Streep is called to ascend the podium.

Photo: The Blind Side (Ralph Nelson / Warner Bros.)

Mo'Nique in Precious

Best Supporting Actress: Mo'Nique, Precious

Other nominees: Penélope Cruz, Nine; Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air; Maggie Gyllenhaal, Crazy Heart; Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air.

Like Christoph Waltz, Mo'Nique will have to come up with new ways of saying thank you once she is called onstage to pick up her Oscar statuette. The comedienne's highly dramatic performance as Gabourey Sidibe's abusive mother in Lee Daniels' Precious has earned praise across the board – across the Atlantic, even.

Mo'Nique has won just about every best supporting actress award available in the United States, in addition to a best actress trophy at the Stockholm Film Festival. Initially, the actress gained a reputation of being “difficult” because she wasn't showing up at every awards ceremony in the country, she refused to campaign (though she could be seen in at least one talk show a few weeks ago), and was allegedly asking for hard cash to make personal appearances.

Even then the Oscar statuette had Mo'Nique's name already engraved on it – figuratively speaking, that is. After a couple of teary speeches, thank-yous to those usually forgotten at awards time, and declarations of love and hope, the only way for Mo'Nique not to win the Best Supporting Actress Oscar is if the Academy decides to do away with the category before March 7.

Photo: Precious (Anne Marie Fox / Lionsgate)

Christoph Waltz in Inglourious Basterds

Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds

Other nominees: Matt Damon, Invictus; Woody Harrelson, The Messenger; Christopher Plummer, The Last Station; Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones.

The Academy has announced that this year's nameless Academy Award statuettes will have engraved nameplates affixed to them at the post-Oscar ceremony Governors Ball. When it comes to the Best Supporting Actor race, they may as well have Christoph Waltz's nameplate affixed on some anonymous statuette before the show even begins.

For his portrayal of a cool, vicious Nazi in Quentin Tarantino's World War II revenge fantasy Inglourious Basterds, Waltz has won just about every best supporting actor award there is in the United States, in addition to a best actor Cannes prize last spring. True, his award acceptance speeches have been a little on the what-the-heck-is-he-thinking side (ridiculous as it may sound, those things do count for some) while veteran Christopher Plummer has The Sound of Music's Von Trappists backing him up, but there's no way to avoid the fact that Waltz's is the Supporting Actor Performance of the Year.

Get ready for one more Waltzy acceptance speech on Oscar night.

Photo: Inglourious Basterds (François Duhamel / The Weinstein Co.)

Best Actor: Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart

Other nominees: George Clooney, Up in the Air; Colin Firth, A Single Man; Morgan Freeman, Invictus; Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker.

Whenever we went out on a limb in our Oscar nomination predictions we fell off the tree. Thanks to the Academy's decision to be (mostly) unpredictably predictable this year, we've decided to stick to the tried and true in our Oscar winner predictions, beginning with the best actor category: Jeff Bridges, for both his troubled country singer in Crazy Heart and his 40+-year career as an actor in films such as The Last Picture Show, Fat City, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, Starman, The Fisher King, The Contender (but not King Kong).

Following critics awards in Los Angeles and Boston, the Broadcast Film Critics' Association and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association really got the ball rolling when they chose to screw up Bridges' underappreciated status (we're paraphrasing one of his acceptance speeches here) by picking his troubled country singer instead of George Clooney's downsizing expert in Up in the Air. Then came the best actor SAG Award. And now the best actor Academy Award seems all but inevitable.

Some say that what matters is what's on screen, etc. etc. Don't you believe it. Several actors have won career achievement awards under the guise of a best actor or best supporting actor statuette, e.g., John Wayne (True Grit), John Gielgud (Arthur), Don Ameche (Cocoon), Sean Connery (The Untouchables). And what's more, Bridges' performance has garnered some pretty good notices.

Photo: Crazy Heart (Lorey Sebastian / 20th Century Fox)

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9 Comments to Oscar Predictions: Sandra Bullock, Jeff Bridges

  1. One Talent Agency

    100% agree. Jeff Bridges deserves this and will win. He has been sweeping up the awards this year. Most times we end up seeing a surprise but this time I think the deserving will win and I can't wait it is long overdue.

  2. Florence

    If he doesn't win, it'll be a travesty and I'll never watch this rubbish again.

  3. Jay M

    He's my bet in this category too.

  4. Keelan

    If you would take a moment to listen to what he is saying, it is more logical and more interesting than anything anyone will put up there this year. Waltz knows what he is talking about, he is just to smart for the likes of most of us, evidently this author to.

  5. jay M

    Sandy will likely win, I agree. Though I hope Meryl will win her third Oscar.

  6. Rox

    Oh yeah! Let's keep giving best to mediocrity and screw the best out of their rightful Awards-just because. While we're at it, let's all go out and buy a conscience because cockroaches have eaten ours!

    Sandra Bulock! Sandra Bullock! Sandra Bullock!
    Yea right! Against Meryl Streep…?????!!!!!

  7. crissi

    Sandra is definitely the shoo-in for the oscar this year. This was confirmed several weeks ago when The Blind Side was nominated for best picture.
    technically speaking, meryl as julia was better, but the politics and numbers seem to align with bullock. I'd actually be surprised if someone either than sandra wins the oscar.

  8. kamal ali

    I say yes for sandra Bullok. There is areal determinetion in her way of acting. She is the best.

  9. michael

    Yes, Yes, Yes to a Sandra Bullock Oscar win. She is fantastic!