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Poll: How many Oscars will 'Avatar' win? (OMG, all nine?)

December 28, 2009 |  7:42 am


"Avatar" can score up to nine Academy Award nominations: best picture, director, art direction, film editing, music score, song, sound editing, sound mixing and visual effects.

"Avatar" probably won't be nominated for best screenplay. James Cameron didn't reap a script bid for "Titanic" even though it sailed off into Oscar history as biggest champ, tying "Ben-Hur's" record (11). Also, don't expect "Avatar" to make the list for best makeup. Sure, the "blue monkeys" (Na'vi) are nifty and such fantastical creatures usually score makeup recognition for their films, but their look is the result of digital effects, not wizardry by makeup artists. Ditto costumes, so don't expect "Avatar" to pop up in that Oscar category.

Check out this post to read our detailed analysis of the competition that "Avatar" faces in all remaining nine Oscar races, then cast your vote below.

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It won't win Art Direction as that's a category that favours whatever is set most in the past. The favourite in this year's lineup is Sherlock Holmes. Inglourious Basterds' Quentin Tarantino will probably beat James Cameron and Katheryn Bigelow in Best director category simply because Robert Zemeckis (who beat Tarantino in 1994) isn't nominated for directing A Christmas Carol.

It will sweep all the tech awards but will not nor should not win best pic or best director. Those two are between Inglorious Bastards and Hurt Locker. The story of Avatar is two weak and the script is terrible. Effects do not make a movie interesting characters and a good story make a movie. I am incredibly biased against Avatar because the basic principle is plagiarism of Ferngully, Pocahantas and a 1957 book called Call Me Joe and any movie that unoriginal doesn't deserve any Oscars.

It will win plenty of Oscars

Hey, the most successful movie of our generation (soon to be of all time) didn't get there for nothing.

If you haven't seen this movie yet, you will want to...

Alright. I waited three exact weeks to watch Avatar. Why? The answer is quite simple. I went on vacation with my parents and my first and native language is not English, so i’m sotty if I misspell something. My name is Enrique and I truely love film.
I’m only 18 years old but film is what I want to do for living. I believe in my passion and determination plus my talent. Now all this comes to single message: NEVER TRY TO PREDICT SOMETHING. I already watched avatar. My parents doesn’t know English and I love watching films BUT with them to see their reaction. I cried a lot in the film, not because it is REALLY sad but because it is almost perfectly done, saying this with my own knowledge of film. It involves the human spirit to a completely new level, where nature and human heart becomes so much important than the impressive special and visual effects. I’ve never watched a film like these, nobody has. Its another way of looking at movies, a new era.
I’m writing an extended essay on how the ACADEMY AWARDS have shaped the film industry, its narrative, cinema language and the genres. Perhaps after watching Cameron’s film my conclusion has changed, and Slumdog Millionaire is maybe not the next pattern at the Oscars. That extreme reality and human suffering: We don’t believe in such way of looking at cinema, which I love and which is the reason why I’m going to watch UP IN THE AIR.
I don’t know if Avatar should, or will win the BEST PICTURE Oscar, but I know is one of the best films i’ve seen and if I could say, I can guarantee its spot in the Oscars top ten of this year. I want Avatar to win, I want this work to be recognized and be published in every newspaper in the world, because Avatar is a movie to remember and maybe a new pattern instead of Slumdog, who knows.
You know, I said before in 2004 or 2005 I don’t remember the exact date, but I said coming out of a theater with my mum: ‘Mum, this movie will win the Oscar for best picture’. I came out from seeing Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby. My dad didn’t believe me, and it took the award. This time I’m saying: I wish Avatar COULD win the best picture award.

I don't see why Avatar could not be nominated for best costume. Whatever those CGI were wearing or not wearing had to come from the head of someone. On IMDB they have Costume Design by Mayes C. Rubeo
Deborah Lynn Scott . So they did a good job designing the customes that the visual effect guys recreated on the CGI I don't see why they should not be nominated.

I hope that Avatar also gets a nod for Zoe Saldana for best actress. The girl gave it her all and made me feel for a blue computer graphic through her acting to give it life. It's an achievement that deserves recognition.

So in total I think Avatar could and should get 11 nominations.

I love the complete dismissal of any acting or screenplay possibilities. Sheesh. Not saying it's going to win more than 9 (heck, it'll have trouble getting more than 4 or 5 even if it does win Pic). I'd love to see a surprise nom for Sigourney Weaver.

A truly astonishing film. Cameron tells a remarkable story, characters are engaging, and it is visually beyond describing. It must be seen to be believed. The creativity that went into developing the flora and fauna of Pandora is pure genius. In my opinion, easily the year's - if not decade's - best picture.

Since you didn't post my comment yesterday, I will repeat again...Avatar will not win 9 will go home with at least 5 or 6, mostly technical awards...It will have no acting noms nor screenplay nom and the director's award will go to either Ms. Bigelow or Mr. Reitman. Sorry if I'm bursting your Avatar bubble...but face it, Avatar is a typical Spielberg's early movies...all razzle dazzle effects and no substance...

I think its premature to predict an Avatar sweep, although it certainly has some momentum at the moment. I'm really hoping Bright Star can sneak in for a BP nomination although its a longshot

I wish Zoe Saldana or Stephen Lang were getting more notices...

What about cinematography? It has been mentioned many times by several groups, I think It's very probable it will land a nom in that category. I know, it would mean that the Academy nominates an animated film for cinematography, but maybe it's time for that to happen, last year they did nominate for the first time a digital and IMAX cinematography

Go see this movie. It is brilliant...just awesome.

I thought it was a very good movie but I'm thinking it will sweep the techs and Up in The Air and Hurt Locker will fight it out the for the grand prize



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