Thursday, January 22, 2009

Oscar Nominations

My work is cut out for me. I've seen Frost/Nixon and The Dark Knight. That's it!

What do you think about the nominations? Who was left out you thought should have been there? Who was nominated you don't agree with? Any you are pulling for? Thoughts? I'll know more after I've seen some of the nominated films. Those of you who live in large and/or cosmopolitan cities get to see the foreign films. We do sometimes if they win awards or catch them on cable rarely.

BEST PICTURE
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Frost/Nixon
Milk
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire

BEST DIRECTOR
Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
David Fincher, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Ron Howard, Frost/Nixon
Stephen Daldry, The Reader
Gus Van Sant, Milk

BEST ACTOR
Richard Jenkins, The Visitor
Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon
Sean Penn, Milk
Brad Pitt, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler

BEST ACTRESS
Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married
Angelina Jolie, Changeling
Melissa Leo, Frozen River
Meryl Streep, Doubt
Kate Winslet, The Reader

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Josh Brolin, Milk
Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
Robert Downey Jr., Tropic Thunder
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Doubt
Michael Shannon, Revolutionary Road

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams, Doubt
Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Viola Davis, Doubt
Taraji P. Henson, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Frozen River, Courtney Hunt
Happy-Go-Lucky, Mike Leigh
In Bruges, Martin McDonagh
Milk, Dustin Lance Black
WALL-E, Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon, Pete Docter

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Eric Roth
Doubt, John Patrick Shanley
Frost/Nixon, Peter Morgan
The Reader, David Hare
Slumdog Millionaire, Simon Beaufoy

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Bolt
Kung Fu Panda
WALL-E

BEST ANIMATED SHORT
La Maison en Petits Cubes
Lavatory — Lovestory
Oktapodi
Presto
This Way Up

BEST ART DIRECTION
Changeling
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
The Duchess
Revolutionary Road

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Changeling
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Australia
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Duchess
Milk
Revolutionary Road

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)
Encounters at the End of the World
The Garden
Man on Wire
Trouble the Water

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
The Conscience of Nhem En
The Final Inch
Smile Pinki
The Witness — From the Balcony of Room 306

BEST EDITING
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Frost/Nixon
Milk
Slumdog Millionaire

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
The Baader Meinhof Complex (Germany)
The Class (France)
Departures (Japan)
Revanche (Austria)
Waltz with Bashir (Israel)

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT
Auf der Strecke (On the Line)
Manon on the Asphalt
New Boy
The Pig
Spielzeugland (Toyland)

BEST MAKEUP
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Hellboy II: The Golden Army

BEST 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

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
"Down to Earth," WALL-E
"Jai Ho," Slumdog Millionaire
"O Saya," Slumdog Millionaire

BEST SOUND EDITING
The Dark Knight
Iron Man
Slumdog Millionaire
WALL-E
Wanted

BEST SOUND MIXING
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Slumdog Millionaire
WALL-E
Wanted

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Iron Man

8 comments:

Vicki said...

You haven't seen "Wall*E" yet?

Joy said...

No! And I have grandchildren!

Bob said...

I am a sucker for Meryl Streep.
J'adore la Streep!
I don't think this is her year, though, I think it's Kate Winslet.
I'm puling for MILK, and Penn and Brolin, but it'd be kinda cool to see Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie win.....or Annie Hathaway.....or.....or......Lucky for the academy, I can't vote!

Tivo Mom said...

You are doing better than me I have seen none (except Walle). Still I will watch and give my opinion.

ell said...

I've only seen WALL-E and The Dark Knight, so can't comment on the specifics of the others.

I think WALL-E is one of the most charming and wonderful things I've seen in a long time. No real dialogue for the first ten minutes or so and you don't even notice.

For supporting actor, I think Heath Ledger will win. He completely reinvented the Joker character and went way way out where few actors dare to go.

As for the female actors, I've always like Meryl Streep and think Kate Winslet is becoming a modern-day Streep - reinventing herself with each performance. I like the others too, but I think it's going to be Winslet's year.

Other than the hype and advertising, I don't know enough about the rest to have much of an opinion.

Of the best picture nominees, I'm dying to see Slumdog Millionaire.

Joy said...

I'm definitely planning to see Slumdog Millionaire, Doubt, Milk, The Reader, WALL-E, Rachel Getting Married, Changeling, Revolutionary Road, and Benjamin Button before the Awards if I can. At least those are my plans.

I agree, Ell, about Heath Ledger's performance as The Joker. He was incredible. His death is a personal loss to his family and loved ones but also a loss to the profession. What a talent!

Berry Blog said...

I didn't know what to think. I was waiting for you to post them. LOL I'd like to see the awards spread around a little after the Globes- though they are probably the most important ones to one's career.

ell said...

I just had to stop in and say I saw Slumdog Millionaire tonight. Loved it! Visually stunning with a beautiful story at it's core that transcends all cultural and ethnic lines.