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The Oscar noms came out this morning. The predictable ones were there... At this point I feel like they should just give "Slumdog Millionaire" and Heath Ledger the awards. Because if they don't win, that is going to be quite the upset.

I've been meaning to see Slumdog since I missed it the week it was featured at Talk Cinema. Since my hand is out of commission for the week, I'm thinking I'll go see it Saturday. Two of my friends that saw it RAVED at how good it was.

I'm glad that Anne Hathaway got a nom for "Rachel Getting Married". She was quite good. She clearly picked the role as a statement that she is more than "The Princess Diaries". (Course she followed it up with "Bride Wars" so who the hell knows what she's thinking...)

I thought "The Curious of Case of Benjamin Button" was a great movie. I would have normally skipped it (not really a Brad Pitt fan) and waited for Netflix but it was based on a Fitzgerald short story so I was compelled to go. I wasn't disappointed and Cate Blanchet was great.

I'm glad to see Penelope Cruz get nominated for "Vicky Cristina Barcelona". I really loved that movie.

I am SHOCKED that the academy skipped Clint Eastwood. Yes, he is deserving but enough is enough. Can't someone else get some love. Apparently, they can. Wow.

I know some folks are disappointed that "Dark Knight" didn't get nominated. That doesn't surprise me. It doesn't fit the type the tend to go with. 

So were you shocked about anything? Were you happy with the selections? Are you looking forward to February 22nd? (Yes  marymary  and mary_the_fan , I know you are...)

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

BTW - You can download a ballot. (Note: PDF doc)  Might help in trying to catch up on the movies you missed via netflix or the theater.

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marymary
Jan. 22nd, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
Hee. Yes, awards shows are like my superbowl or something. I think they should be national holidays. (Maybe the day after should be a holiday, so we can sleep it off.)

I know some folks are disappointed that "Dark Knight" didn't get nominated. That doesn't surprise me. It doesn't fit the type the tend to go with.

No, it doesn't surprise me either. And I know I'm shouting into the gale on this one, but it's always irritating to me that the academy (or the other groups who vote) favors "serious" dramas so heavily. There's usually an indie darling or two, which is great. And I do see progress, I really do. But the fact that it's usually out of the question that a comedy or a "genre" film could win the top prize just shows you how pervasive the bias is. LOTR being the notable exception. I guess THAT'S what you have to do to win. /fruitless rant

But you know Martin McDonagh was nominated for Best Original Screenplay for In Bruges! That's really great. I hope he wins.

Oh, wait, you guys HAVE to see this!

http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/1d76506803/the-curious-case-of-forrest-gump-from-fgump44
cantbesilent
Jan. 22nd, 2009 09:05 pm (UTC)
Slumdog should win, and probs will. Its a phenomenal film.

I'm a little peeved to see Brad Pitt up there. I loved Button, but I didn't think his performance was Oscar nomination worthy, especially considering DiCaprio didn't get a nod and he was SUPERB in Revolutionary Road. I'm bummed that film got snubbed, it was excellent. The competition is really fierce, but still.

Winslet being lead for The Reader was a surprise, I just assumed it would be supporting. That is a lead role, its not supporting, and I'm almost annoyed that Reader and RR are both 08 roles and its one or the other because she was brilliant in both. She's got a better chance at wining with Reader though, she was "better" in that.

Considering how much the Academy loves Eastwood it is odd not to see him up there! I'm not upset though, I actually haven't seen Grand Torino.
laurenba
Jan. 23rd, 2009 02:05 am (UTC)
I love the Oscars and I especially love this year because I think that the line-up of nominated films is pretty impressive. Slumdog Millionaire does seem to be a bit of a favorite, but I wouldn't call it a slam-dunk for the Oscar at all. It's still a bit of a stretch for Oscar and I'm wondering if the fact that it has gotten a lot of love from other awards shows might actually hurt its chances as an "indie, break-out" choice with the Academy. I haven't seen it yet, either, btw. BUt I will.

In my own little personal opinion, I'm thrilled that Clint didn't get an acting nom. I already feel like when he farts the Academy gives him an award and he's a much better director than actor, so... if they had nominated Clint and left off Leo I would have been disgusted. (As it is, I'm only disappointed b/c I thought that Leo was great in Revolutionary Road.)

I'm actually rather surprised that Rev Rd didn't get more noms... Also, no Sally Hawkins for Best Actress, who made so many critics' lists at year end. The producers behind "The Reader" were pushing Kate Winslet as Best Supporting (maybe to leave her the chance of getting another nom as Best Actress in Rev Rd) but the Academy can do what it wants. Truthfully, Kate's role in The Reader was more of a lead than supporting. So I can't blame them. I would dearly love to see her (finally) win one.
leli_5
Jan. 23rd, 2009 04:26 am (UTC)
Is it wrong to want Amy Adams to win just because she was in one of my favourite West Wing episodes?

There was a time when I had seen almost everything on the nominations list by this time of year but that time is past. Now, I rarely go to the movies and I've seen almost none of these films, so I get to have no opinion. Oh, well.
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