My friends Nigel, Deepinder, and I have been voting on the Oscars each year since 2003 (I think). One of these days I swear we’re going to have an Oscar party! Bascially we vote beforehand and then keep track who guessed the most correctly. It tends to make the long event more fun for the lesser-known Oscars. Every year Deepinder also tries to watch all the films nominated for Best Picture, but with 10 nominees this year I don’t think he made it.

Let me preface my guesses by the fact that I flip-flop between who I want to win and who I think will win.

Performance by an actor in a leading role

My prediction: Morgan Freeman in Invictus
Oscar winner: Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

My prediction: Stanley Tucci in The Lovely Bones
Oscar winner: Christoph Waltz in Inglorius Basterds

Performance by an actress in a leading role

My prediction: Helen Mirren in The Last Station
Oscar winner: Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

My prediction: Mo’Nique in Precious
Oscar winner: Mo’Nique in Precious

Best animated feature film of the year

My prediction: Coraline
Oscar winner: Up

Achievement in art direction

My prediction: Avatar
Oscar winner: Avatar

Achievement in cinematography

My prediction: The Hurt Locker
Oscar winner: Avatar

Achievement in costume design

My prediction: Coco before Chanel
Oscar winner: The Young Victoria

Achievement in directing

My prediction: Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker
Oscar winner: Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker

Best documentary feature

My prediction: The Cove (An Oceanic Preservation Society Production)
Oscar winner: The Cove

Best documentary short subject

My prediction: China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province
Oscar winner: Music by Prudence

Achievement in film editing

My prediction: District 9
Oscar winner: The Hurt Locker

Best foreign language film of the year

My prediction: The Milk of Sorrow (Peru)
Oscar winner: El Secreto de Sus Ojos (Argentina)

Achievement in makeup

My prediction: Star Trek
Oscar winner: The Young Victoria

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

My prediction: Up
Oscar winner: Up

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

My prediction: “Take it All” from “Nine”
Oscar winner: “The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)” from “Crazy Heart”

Best motion picture of the year

My prediction: Avatar
Oscar winner: The Hurt Locker

Best animated short film

My prediction: A Matter of Loaf and Death (Wallace & Grommit)
Oscar winner: Logorama

Best live action short film

My prediction: Instead of Abracadabra
Oscar winner: The New Tenants

Achievement in sound editing

My prediction: Star Trek
Oscar winner: The Hurt Locket

Achievement in sound mixing

My prediction: Inglorius Basterds
Oscar winner: The Hurt Locker

Achievement in visual effects

My prediction: Avatar
Oscar winner: Avatar

Adapted screenplay

My prediction: Precious
Oscar winner: Precious (based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire)

Original screenplay

My prediction: Inglorius Basterds & Up (tie)
Oscar winner: The Hurt Locker