Okay so I lied… this post has nothing to do with Valentine’s Day whatsoever when I said every post this week would be Valentine-themed. But it’s time-critical, so I felt the need to post this immediately instead of waiting until next week. Oscar business is big business. I know I’m perfectly capable of making my own Oscar predictions, but being an Entertainment Weekly subscriber for the past five years has shown me that these guys really can pick ’em. At least the Academy Awards. I’m not saying they are right 100% of the time, and to be honest I don’t remember if they were or not… but most of the time they are mostly right. At least for the major categories. So below are EW‘s Dave Karger’s predictions. My own wishes and desires and hopefuls I put in parentheses. They might not win, but it’d be nice if they did. I know you can only pick one, but this is my blog, post your own predictions! (Or vote on the side bar, or leave me a comment.) For the record, any category WALL-E is nominated in, I’m probably inclined to root for due to it’s awesomeness and the sad fact it’s one of the few Oscar nominated movies I’ve seen, and has been snubbed by some larger categories like Best Picture. Oh well. The big winners looks to be between Slumdog Millionaire and The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button due to the nods they have, but the list below shows the final sweep by the underdog Slumdog. Based on their winning streak, I think I might be foolish to disagree even if I haven’t seen that movie, or most of the movies nominated. Next year I’ll get it together. Check out this little Oscar Cheat Sheet I found! This was posted prior to the Globes, but you get the idea. Picture: Slumdog Millionaire Director, Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire Actor: Sean Penn, Milk (the Comeback Kid Mickey Rourke or the Underdog Richard Jenkins) Actress: Kate Winslet, The Reader (too close for me to call, haven’t seen any of these but if not Winslet, then Streep or Hathaway.) Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight Supporting Actress: Penélope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona (I’d like to see a surprised Taraji Henson) Original Screenplay: Dustin Lance Black, Milk (I ❤ Wall-E, honorable mention for In Bruges) Adapted Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire Animated Film: Wall-E Foreign-Language Film: The Class Documentary: Man On Wire Editing: Slumdog Millionaire Cinematography: Slumdog Millionaire (The Dark Knight just for kicks) Art Direction: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Costume Design: The Duchess (Do period pieces from this era always seem to win… or am I wrong?) Makeup: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Score: Slumdog Millionaire (I want to give this to Wall-E, but it’s the only movie I’ve seen) Song: “Jai Ho,” Slumdog Millionaire Visual Effects: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (I want to mention The Dark Knight for Two-Face, since most of the action on screen was barely CGI, according to the director. But I equally visually enjoy every special effect in Iron Man so this is a tough call for me) Sound: The Dark Knight (Wall-E) Sound Mixing: The Dark Knight (Wall-E… I mean c’mon… the sounds and the dude behind them?) Short: Spielzugland (Toyland) Animated Short: Presto Documentary Short: The Witness: From the Balcony of Room 306 So if you don’t have plans Sunday, February 22nd, watch the Oscars with me. I’ll (hopefully) be Twittering while I watch.