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Oscar Watch: The Night Before; Final Predicts

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood February 24, 2008 at 7:09AM

Basically everyone is running around partying this weekend. Of course I'm missing the non-press-invited ones, like Bryan Lourd's confab at his home, and an Endeavor party, and the Night Before the Night Before party, and the Night Before party itself, which was tonight. Very confusing.
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Fss_oscardisplayBasically everyone is running around partying this weekend. Of course I'm missing the non-press-invited ones, like Bryan Lourd's confab at his home, and an Endeavor party, and the Night Before the Night Before party, and the Night Before party itself, which was tonight. Very confusing.

Tonight I did go to a lovely Miramax fete at the unfinished penthouse at Sunset Boulevard's Luckman Plaza, a 60s classic designed by Charles Luckman which is undergoing a renovation. Miramax prexy Daniel Battsek is a founding member of Soho House, which has taken over the top floor with panoramic views of the city. The loft-like space was lit by light bulbs hanging down from unfinished exposed ceilings. Persian rugs covered concrete floors. Guests lounged living-room style in leather couches and arm chairs or sat along a long communal glass table as waiters served wine and giant white platters of yummy fish, chicken, veggies, pasta and pastries.

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Disney honchos Robert Iger and Dick Cook attended, along with Joel and Ethan Coen, Ronald Harwood, Jon Kilik, Amy Ryan, Scott Rudin, Michael London, Elton John, and Frank Marshall. My favorite moment: Frances McDormand fussing over bear-chested indie-spirit winner Julian Schnabel's various strands of jewelry.

Tomorrow I'll be reporting on the tented red carpet at the Kodak (it's raining hard now), which is always a huge adrenaline rush. From there I will blog live from the press room, where the Oscar winners come through for questions. They pass through the TV room, the photo room and the print room. It's cavernous. Two other Variety writers (who are supposed to get reactions from all 24 winners) and I have assigned seats. If we want to ask a question we hold up a card with a number on it, like an auction. We can listen to the kudocast on special headsets. And I will attend the Governor's Ball, my favorite Oscar night ritual, as the ecstatic winners greet well-wishers with huge grins on their faces, clutching their (heavy) gold booty. UPDATE: As of 11:16 AM it is sunny. Rain is expected.

Here are my best guesses at what will happen tomorrow--though there's plenty of room for upsets:


Picture: No Country for Old Men

Director: Joel and Ethan Coen

Best Actress: Julie Christie (but Marion Cotillard is a real possibility)

Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis

Supporting male: Javier Bardem

Supporting female: Cate Blanchett (Tilda Swinton and Amy Ryan are possible too)

Original Screenplay: Diablo Cody

Adapted Screenplay: Joel and Ethan Coen

Animated: Ratatouille

Cinematography: There Will Be Blood

Art Direction: There Will Be Blood

Song: Falling Slowly (Once)

Score: Atonement

Documentary: Taxi to the Dark Side

Costume: Sweeney Todd

Foreign Language Film: The Counterfeiters

Sound mixing: The Bourne Ultimatum

Sound editing: The Bourne Ultimatum

Makeup: La Vie en Rose

Film Editing: The Bourne Ultimatum

Visual Effects: Transformers

Animated Short: Peter and the Wolf

Documentary Short: Freeheld

Live Action Short: The Mozart of Pickpockets

For the record, my votes at the LAT Buzzmeter and MCN's Gurus o' Gold and even my office pool do not match these last-minute calls.

[Originally appeared on Variety.com]

This article is related to: Awards, Oscars


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.