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Academy Award nominations/predictions January 23, 2009

Filed under: entertainment news — clementine @ 1:35 am

I have several screeners on the way, until I view most of these films I’ll leave my predictions blank unless I’m certain they will win or I really want them to. In other words, check back for my predictions in a week or so.
(If you partake in contests, I usually win!)

UPDATE: I’m halfway finished watching screeners. I loved Changeling and didn’t think I would-great film. The Reader is perfection. Revolutionary Road was beautiful-difficult to watch at times. Doubt-it was okay-Phillip Seymour Hoffman was great per usual. Next up-Milk, Frost/Nixon, Slumdog Millionaire, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

UPDATE: I never finished my predictions-I’ve been too sick. oh well, next year.

Performance by an actor in a leading role
* Richard Jenkins in “The Visitor”
* Frank Langella in “Frost/Nixon”
* Sean Penn in “Milk”
* Brad Pitt in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
* Mickey Rourke in “The Wrestler”

(will: Mickey Rourke, want: Sean Penn)

Performance by an actor in a supporting role
* Josh Brolin in “Milk”
* Robert Downey Jr. in “Tropic Thunder”
* Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Doubt”
* Heath Ledger in “The Dark Knight”
* Michael Shannon in “Revolutionary Road”
Michael Shannon’s performance was stunning. a must-see for anyone with a mental illness.
(will: Heath Ledger, want: Heath Ledger)

Performance by an actress in a leading role
* Anne Hathaway in “Rachel Getting Married”
* Angelina Jolie in “Changeling”
* Melissa Leo in “Frozen River”
* Meryl Streep in “Doubt”
* Kate Winslet in “The Reader”
Weird, I’ve worked with two of these women, wishing them both luck.
(will: Kate Winslet, want: Kate Winslet)

Performance by an actress in a supporting role
* Amy Adams in “Doubt”
* Penélope Cruz in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”
* Viola Davis in “Doubt”
* Taraji P. Henson in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
* Marisa Tomei in “The Wrestler”

Best animated feature film of the year
*”Bolt” (Walt Disney)
* “Kung Fu Panda”
* “WALL-E”

(will: WALL-E, want: WALL-E)

Achievement in art direction
* “Changeling” Art Direction: James J. Murakami; Set Decoration: Gary Fettis
* “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” Art Direction: Donald Graham Burt; Set Decoration: Victor J. Zolfo
* “The Dark Knight” Art Direction: Nathan Crowley; Set Decoration: Peter Lando
* “The Duchess” Art Direction: Michael Carlin; Set Decoration: Rebecca Alleway
* “Revolutionary Road” Art Direction: Kristi Zea; Set Decoration: Debra Schutt

Achievement in cinematography
* “Changeling” Tom Stern
* “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” Claudio Miranda
* “The Dark Knight” Wally Pfister
* “The Reader” Chris Menges and Roger Deakins
* “Slumdog Millionaire” Anthony Dod Mantle

(will: Slumdog Millionaire, want: The Reader)

Achievement in costume design
* “Australia” Catherine Martin
* “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” Jacqueline West
* “The Duchess” Michael O’Connor
* “Milk” Danny Glicker
* “Revolutionary Road” Albert Wolsky

(will: The Duchess, want: Milk)

Achievement in directing
* “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” David Fincher
* “Frost/Nixon” Ron Howard
* “Milk” Gus Van Sant
* “The Reader” Stephen Daldry
* “Slumdog Millionaire” Danny Boyle

(will: Danny Boyle, want: Gus Van Sant)

Best documentary feature
*”The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)”
* “Encounters at the End of the World”
* “The Garden”
* “Man on Wire”
* “Trouble the Water”

(will: Man on Wire, want: Man on Wire)

Best documentary short subject
* “The Conscience of Nhem En”
* “The Final Inch”
* “Smile Pinki”
* “The Witness – From the Balcony of Room 306”

Achievement in film editing
* “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
* “The Dark Knight” Lee Smith
* “Frost/Nixon” Mike Hill and Dan Hanley
* “Milk” Elliot Graham
* “Slumdog Millionaire” Chris Dickens

(will: Chris Dickens, want: Kirck Baxter and Angus Wall)

Best foreign language film of the year
* “The Baader Meinhof Complex” – Germany
* “The Class” – France
* “Departures” – Japan
* “Revanche”- Austria
* “Waltz with Bashir” – Israel

Achievement in makeup
* “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” Greg Cannom
* “The Dark Knight” John Caglione, Jr. and Conor O’Sullivan
* “Hellboy II: The Golden Army” Mike Elizalde and Thom Floutz

(will: Benjamin Button, want: The Dark Knight)

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (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

(will: A.R. Rahman, want: Thomas Newman)

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
* “Down to Earth” from “WALL-E” Music by Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman; Lyric by Peter Gabriel
* “Jai Ho” from “Slumdog Millionaire” Music by A.R. Rahman; Lyric by Gulzar
* “O Saya” from “Slumdog Millionaire” Music and Lyric by A.R. Rahman and Maya Arulpragasam

(will: Jai Ho, want: Down to Earth)

Best motion picture of the year
* “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Ceán Chaffin, Producers
* “Frost/Nixon” Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Eric Fellner, Producers
* “Milk” Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen, Producers
* “The Reader”
* “Slumdog Millionaire” Christian Colson, Producer

(will: Slumdog Millionaire, want: Milk)

Best animated short film
* “La Maison en Petits Cubes”
* “Lavatory – Lovestory”
* “Oktapodi”
* “Presto”
*”This Way Up”

(will: Presto, want: Presto)

Best live action short film
* “Auf der Strecke (On the Line)”
* “Manon on the Asphalt”
* “New Boy”
* “The Pig”
* “Spielzeugland (Toyland)”

Achievement in sound editing
* “The Dark Knight” Richard King
* “Iron Man” Frank Eulner and Christopher Boyes
* “Slumdog Millionaire” Tom Sayers
* “WALL-E” Ben Burtt and Matthew Wood
* “Wanted” Wylie Stateman

(will: WALL-E, want: Iron Man)

Achievement in sound mixing
* “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Mark Weingarten
* “The Dark Knight” Lora Hirschberg, Gary Rizzo and Ed Novick
* “Slumdog Millionaire” Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke and Resul Pookutty
* “WALL-E” Tom Myers, Michael Semanick and Ben Burtt
* “Wanted” Chris Jenkins, Frank A. Montaño and Petr Forejt

(will: WALL-E, want: WALL-E)

Achievement in visual effects
* “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” Eric Barba, Steve Preeg, Burt Dalton and Craig Barron
* “The Dark Knight” Nick Davis, Chris Corbould, Tim Webber and Paul Franklin
* “Iron Man” John Nelson, Ben Snow, Dan Sudick and Shane Mahan

(will: Benjamin Button, want: Benjamin Button)

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

(will: Simon Beaufoy, want: Eric Roth)

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; Original story by Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter

(will: Dustin Lance Black, want: Dustin Lance Black


2 Responses to “Academy Award nominations/predictions”

  1. giannakali Says:

    as much as I like film I don’t get into this part of it…usually don’t even like a lot of the movies that get nominated…and generally, these days, haven’t seen most of them as I watch everything on DVD these days and I can’t tolerate anything to noisy…

    so I can’t participate in your contest, sorry.

  2. mr owens Says:

    meryl continues to rock my world! luvya babe!

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