Welcome to the first annual I’m Right awards, wherein I second-guess the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. I’m going to look over the 2011 Oscar race category by category, and reveal my picks. The Shyamalanian twist here is that I’m not going to limit myself to what the Academy nominates; if I think an aspect of a different film is more deserving than any of the nominees, then that’s my pick (which may not happen all that much, actually. By my count I’ve only seen 21 movies from 2010. So we’ll see). Also, whether or not my pick is from the existing nominations, I’ll give a quick rundown of the existing category and how I think they measure up to each other. There a few categorizations with which I disagree (like Hailee Steinfeld being nominated as a supporting instead of lead actress despite having more screentime than any other character), so where that happens I’ll note it and omit it from my order.
And of course, there are a number of nominated movies that I have not yet seen, so those I’ll just ignore.
Here are my arbitrary Oscar picks. In random order.