Archive for February, 2009

Betting the 2009 Academy Awards: Part 2

February 19, 2009

Betting on the Academy Awards has become one the most popular forms of prop wagering. In Part 2 of a three-part series, we highlight some of the lesser, yet still-important, Oscar award categories for the 2009 Academy Awards.

While there are no betting odds for the following categories, you can bet on the top categories – including Best Picture and Best Actor – at your favorite sportsbook.

The 81st Academy Awards take place Sunday at 8 pm ET on ABC.

Foreign Film: “The Baader Meinhof Complex,” Germany; “The Class,” France; “Departures,” Japan; “Revanche,” Austria; “Waltz With Bashir,” Israel.

Well I have to admit I have not seen any of these Foreign Films and will guess that Revanche out of Austria will win.

Animated Feature Film: “Bolt”; “Kung Fu Panda”; “WALL-E.”

Now these I have seen and both Kung Fu Panda and Bolt were entertaining, especially the 3D Bolt but my hat goes off to WALL-E for the unique tale and overall look of the film.

Art Direction: “Changeling,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “The Dark Knight,” “The Duchess,” “Revolutionary Road.”

This is a real hard category because I loved The Duchess and Benjamin Button’s look, Changeling was good too, not so happy with Revolutionary Road.  However, The Dark Knight stands taller than the rest.

Cinematography: “Changeling,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “The Dark Knight,” “The Reader,” “Slumdog Millionaire.”

Okay.  Slumdog Millionaire will probably take this category but my money is on The Dark Knight as the cool dark look of the film made audience members feel uneasy through the movie and that is what theatre going is all about.  Make us squirm.

Sound Mixing: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “The Dark Knight,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “WALL-E,” “Wanted.”

This is difficult to pick because I get immersed into the films so deeply I hardly notice the sound mixing and that is the sign of great sound mixing.  With that in mind I choose The Dark Knight even though Wanted and WALL-E stand out here too.

Sound Editing: “The Dark Knight,” “Iron Man,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “WALL-E,” “Wanted.”

Because this is one of the few categories Iron Man got nominated for I pick it to win.  I still can’t believe that it was not nominated in more categories. Dark Knight is a close second.

Original Score: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” Alexandre Desplat; “Defiance,” James Newton Howard; “Milk,” Danny Elfman; “Slumdog Millionaire,” A.R. Rahman; “WALL-E,” Thomas Newman.

I love Danny Elfman and he deserves to win and the unique score for Slumdog Millionaire was great.  Yet I believe the Oscar will go to Thomas Newman for WALL-E because the songs in this animated feature are catchier than the others.

Original Song: “Down to Earth” from “WALL-E,” Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman; “Jai Ho” from “Slumdog Millionaire,” A.R. Rahman and Gulzar; “O Saya” from “Slumdog Millionaire,” A.R. Rahman and Maya Arulpragasam.

Even though the odds are in favor that Slumdog Millionaire will win (two songs), I still think Down to Earth by Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman was catchier, plus I am a Peter Gabriel fan.

Costume: “Australia,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “The Duchess,” “Milk,” “Revolutionary Road.”

No brainer here – The Duchess hands down.

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Sanchez makes lightweight debut against Stevenson at UFC 95

February 18, 2009

Welterweight contender Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez makes his lightweight debut against former world title challenger Joe “Daddy” Stevenson in the main event.

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Banner Year For Bodog in 2009

February 11, 2009

It may be February, but the year has just begun for Bodog. With more Sports, Poker and Casino events and promotions planned than ever before, 2009 is already shaping up to be a banner year for Bodog.

Bodog Poker is ahead of the game, having already given away 11 $12,000 World Series of Poker* prize packages, with many more to come throughout the year. Also in the cards for 2009 is a third installment of the overwhelmingly successful Bodog Poker Open (BPO). With even bigger and better prizes, BPO III is tentatively scheduled for spring 2009. Alongside a slew of events and promotions, Bodog Poker will be adding a monthly player driven Q&A section to the site where players will submit Poker questions to be answered by Bodog Poker Pro Justin Bonomo. In other exciting news, Bodog Poker is now available to Mac users via a brand new flash based poker client, try it out here.

Bodog Casino will be launching an all new Baccarat leader board contest where players will accrue points for the amount of Baccarat they play and at the end of every week, before the leader board is reset for the next contest week, the top five players will be awarded a $100 casino chip. After four weeks, the player with the highest combined score for the previous four weeks will win a grand prize $1,000 casino chip. Following the Baccarat contest will be a special Bodog Mobile Casino promotion, along with an all new Roulette contest and themed Blackjack tables for Triple Crown and March Madness.

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