Thursday, January 22, 2009

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Frost/Nixon," "Milk," "The Reader," "Slumdog Millionaire."

Adapted Screenplay: Eric Roth and Robin Swicord, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"; John Patrick Shanley, "Doubt"; Peter Morgan, "Frost/Nixon"; David Hare, "The Reader"; Simon Beaufoy, "Slumdog Millionaire."

Original Screenplay: Courtney Hunt, "Frozen River"; Mike Leigh, "Happy-Go-Lucky"; Martin McDonagh, "In Bruges"; Dustin Lance Black, "Milk"; Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon and Pete Docter, "WALL-E."

Actor: Richard Jenkins, "The Visitor"; Frank Langella, "Frost/Nixon"; Sean Penn, "Milk"; Brad Pitt, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"; Mickey Rourke, "The Wrestler."

Actress: Anne Hathaway, "Rachel Getting Married"; Angelina Jolie, "Changeling"; Melissa Leo, "Frozen River"; Meryl Streep, "Doubt"; Kate Winslet, "The Reader."

Supporting Actor: Josh Brolin, "Milk"; Robert Downey Jr., "Tropic Thunder"; Philip Seymour Hoffman, "Doubt"; Heath Ledger, "The Dark Knight"; Michael Shannon, "Revolutionary Road."

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."

Director: David Fincher, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"; Ron Howard, "Frost/Nixon"; Gus Van Sant, "Milk"; Stephen Daldry, "The Reader"; Danny Boyle, "Slumdog Millionaire."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

Documentary Feature: "The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)," "Encounters at the End of the World," "The Garden," "Man on Wire," "Trouble the Water."

Documentary (short subject): "The Conscience of Nhem En," "The Final Inch," "Smile Pinki," "The Witness — From the Balcony of Room 306."

Film Editing: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "The Dark Knight," "Frost/Nixon," "Milk," "Slumdog Millionaire."

Makeup: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "The Dark Knight," "Hellboy II: The Golden Army."

Animated Short Film: "La Maison en Petits Cubes," "Lavatory — Lovestory," "Oktapodi," "Presto," "This Way Up."

Live Action Short Film: "Auf der Strecke (On the Line)," "Manon on the Asphalt," "New Boy," "The Pig," "Spielzeugland (Toyland)."

Visual Effects: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "The Dark Knight," "Iron Man."

Academy Award winners previously announced this season:

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award (Oscar statuette): Jerry Lewis

Gordon E. Sawyer Award (Oscar statuette): Pixar Animation co-founder Ed Catmull

Hey, where's the Batman?

How come Mike Leigh keeps getting screenplay noms for improvised movies?

What are your favorites?

I'm really glad Richard Jenkins was nommed for VISITOR, he's one of those actors who have been in a million movies & TV shows and is always good. But VISITOR is really his movie, and it's hard to imagine some other actor pulling that off. He found out about his nomination when he got a phone call - he wasn't watching TV because he knew he didn't reallyhave a chance with a small movie that opened at the start of the year and is now forgotten. Surprise!

I was also surprised they didn't nom DARK KNIGHT best picture - I like BATMAN BEGINS much better, but worse films have been nominated (and won) and the awards show might have actually found some viewers this year. Or WALL-E, which made a bunch of critic's #1 spot on their top ten films. The Oscars are an Awards SHOW. Here's a link to my ideas for fixing the Oscars from last year: Fixing Oscar.

- Bill


E.C. Henry said...

Bill, don't ask me what my favorites are. Do my thinking for me. What should I like?


I like "Slumdog Millionare" for best picture, and they should give some sort of musical award too, because the Indian techo music in "Slumdog" was very interesting.
Saw "Frost/Nixon" and have to say it's not worthy of being nominated in the best picture catagaory, "The Dark Knight" SHOULD have been there.

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA

Laura Deerfield said...

I find is weird that most of the noms for the top two slots didn't generate many acting nominations.

And I really was hoping the Oscars would get smart enough to nominate Dark Knight and Wall-e (and maybe even Iron Man) for a few categories.

Grant said...

I knew "Dark Knight" wasn't going to get Best Picture. I figured it was 50/50 for Best Director, but I'm really stupefied that it didn't get Best Adapted Screenplay.

And at least two of the nominations in that category are guys adapting their own stage play. There's a part of me that feels that shouldn't count. As an adaptation, that is.

And I liked Benjamin Button, but it was like two-and-a-half stars like. I can't believe it got that many nominations. Then I remember all the links I've seen claiming it was an unauthorized remake of "Forest Gump." [And I was really hoping it ended with a 50 ft. Baby Benjamin in the eye of Hurricane Katrina, going all Godzilla on the city. But that's just me.]

I thought "Gran Torino" would get an Original Screenplay nod, but since I live in one of those areas where it was actually a 2009 movie, I wasn't too surprised it didn't.

And wow, doesn't "In Bruges" seem like it came out earlier than 2008?

When I went over the list of 2008 movies, I had to go with "Rambo" as my favorite. Not that I expected any Oscars. I don't know if it was my mood this year, or if it was the actual movies, but it seemed like all the classy art-house fare was just a bunch of people sitting around talk-talk-talking, with the exception of "The Fall."

They all seemed like art-house-lite. Not particularly challenging. Not particularly sophisticated. Not particularly engaging. But hey, now that studios don't make dramas, all dramas are art-house.

And this is coming from someone who even likes Pasolini, not one of those aintitcool DARK KNIGHT IS THE GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT IN THE HISTORY OF CINEMA fanyboys.

But perhaps it was just my mood over the last year.

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