The 82nd Annual Academy Awards are just three weeks away, and between now and then, your GonzoGeek panel will be making their picks alongside our resident Oscar expert: Matt’s copy of “Wrestlemania 2000” for the Nintendo 64.
Today: Best Supporting Actress
Aamir (last year: n/a)
I’m going for Vera Farmiga…she’s yummy.
Bruce (last year: 2/5)
While I think the smart money is probably on Mo’Nique, I’m going with Anna Kendrick from Up in the Air. For an actress whose previous claim to fame was as a supporting character in the Twilight movies, Kendrick was lights out in Up in the Air. She held her own with George Clooney and Vera Farmiga. That speaks volumes. When her character finally cut loose you could see the walls not just fall, but crumble to dust.
Chris (last year: 3/5)
This category came down to 3 for me: Cruz, Kendrick, and ‘Nique (now that’d be a cool law-firm name!) I think I chose Cruz last year and the idea of her and all that other leg showing in a PG-13 movie about boning a dude named Guido is pretty tempting. Kendrick’s appeal is a more visceral ‘flyability’ if you will. But at the end of the day Mo’Nique plays a batshit crazy terroristic parent better than anyone has in years, so she gets the nod.
Chuck (last year: n/a)
Mo’Nique wins. Some will call it a token trophy, and they may be right. I trust the Academy’s integrity like I trust our federal government. It’s simply too outrageous NOT to have a black person take an Oscar, and sadly, this will overshadow the fact that Mo deserves the shit out of this. America’s collective color-quibbling just further polarizes us and muddies the truth. Mo was better than everyone in her field this year. Vanity Fair will put her on their cover to try and shake the recent “scandal” of their lily-white ‘Young Hollywood’ cover, but even Chris Matthews won’t be able to forget that Mo is black, no matter how stirring a victory speech she gives.
John (last year: 2/5)
Who should win-Maggie Gyllenhaal… just because. She’s damn cute, and a fine actress to boot.
Who will win-Penelope Cruz, because the Oscar folks are suckers for a musical. Moulin Rouge? Chicago? Anyone?
Who got snubbed-Megan Fox for the cinematic tour de force Transformers 2. I think we’ll all remember where we were the first time we watched her run away from giant marauding robots for the second time.
Matt (last year: 3/5)
Hard to argue with the odds in this one; it’s Mo’Nique’s trophy to lose. The lack of major nominations for “Nine” means Cruz likely won’t repeat in this category. The other three performances came alongside strong favorites in the Leading Actor category (Jeff Bridges for Gyllenhaal and George Clooney for Farmiga and Kendrick, who will likely split the vote). While Gabourey Sidibe is also nominated for “Precious”, Mo’Nique is the one delivering memorable moments, including the tearful, wrenching final scene.
R.J. (last year: n/a)
I got a chance to see all the nominees except Penelope Cruz in Nine—but she did deserve a nomination for her performance in Broken Embraces. Vera Farmiga was good in Up in the Air, but co-star and co-nominee Anna Kendrick is the more deserving of the two. She was the best part of Twilight and was great in Camp and Rocket Science. She’s got a long, exciting career ahead of her and this won’t be her last nomination. Maggie Gyllenhaal in Crazy Heart? Weird choice by the Academy. Adequate job, but her turn in Away We Go was much stronger. Mo’Nique will and should win. She is amazingly scary in her role, but always believable. The night’s lead pipe lock.
Stephe (last year: 1/5)
After looking over the list of nominees, and having seen only one of the films-Up In the Air-I’m going with Penelope Cruz. I think I’ve played the Hot Latina card before, and I’ll continue to do so until one of them wins. It’ll probably go to one of the chicks from Up In The Air, and I’m guessing the one that almost appeared naked. But I stick by my pick hoping one day to stick to my pick…if you know what I mean. Does anyone know if Anne Hathaway is nominated for anything this year? There’s a pick I’d like to stick to!
Wrestlemania 2000 (last year: 2/5)*
Cruz and Farmiga are tied for longest odds, so Penelope sits this one out as the defending champion.
Farmiga: Terri Runnels
Gyllenhaal: Debra McMichael
Mo’Nique beats Farmiga from pillar to post before mercifully pinning her at 4:01. After reversing a piledriver into a back body drop, she eliminates Gyllenhaal at 5:09. Unwilling to be womanhandled, Kendrick fights back with open-handed slaps. Mo’Nique applies her trademark bearhug twice but Kendrick refuses to give up. In the end, the size difference is too much, as Mo’Nique whips Kendrick into the turnbuckle and delivers a thunderous Avalanche splash for the pin and the clean sweep at 8:02.
Odds were chosen from various online betting sites, including Bodog and Bet365. Kids, remember that gambling is illegal in many states and not something you should be getting into unless you’ve got a sure thing lined up.
Up next: Best Supporting Actor.
* Wrestlemania 2000 picks the Oscars by (1) eliminating the nominee with the longest odds, (2) matching up the remaining four with a character from WM2K’s extensive circa-1997 WWF roster and (3) Staging a CPU-generated four-man elimination match where the last man standing is the Oscar winner. No wrestlers are repeated during the contest.
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