The next incorrect prediction was for Sound Mixing. The winner was The Hurt Locker while I picked Avatar. Heck, I even had Star Trek over The Hurt Locker. I was thinking the two favorites for Best Picture would split the two sound categories. I was wrong.
This third incorrect category was the biggest surprise of the bunch. The category was Best Adapted Screenplay. I was positive that Up in the Air was going to win; it's a very good screenplay and it seemed to be winning every award leading up to the Oscars. The winner was Precious. Yes, it was a good movie, but was it the best written? Not really. Still, Geoffrey Fletcher was legitimately moved by the win and I am happy for him.
Finally, the last category I got wrong was Best Picture. The deeper into the night we got, the more sure I was that I had made the wrong decision. All the momentum swung the way of The Hurt Locker. The writing category signaled that Up in the Air wasn't going to win, taking it out of contention (I figured it to be the third of the big three contenders). I had a feeling Avatar was going to win based on the breakthrough visuals, technology, and the way that everybody can identify with it.
In the end I am happy that The Hurt Locker won; it really is a good movie. Unfortunately, based on it winning the most awards and the talk I hear around work, the backlash has already begun. Of course, it also seems to be hitting Avatar as well. I am always amazed at how any film that receives a bunch of awards or makes a ton of money seems to instantly become a target. Yes, some have legitimate reasons for not liking a film, but I think many just speak out for the sake of doing it. Whatever, I still know how I feel about them and I still know the best movies of the year include the likes of District 9, The Road, and (500) Days of Summer.
Until another year, roll the credits!