Happy Oscar Nomination Day!

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Happy Oscar Nomination Day!

Personally, I have been too busy watching TV this year. I did catch Slumdog Millionaire and, of course, MILK. I'd be happy if both of these films took every award.

Here is a complete list of the Academy's nominees. What do you think? Any surprises? Should we start placing our bets?

Complete list of nominees for the 81st annual Academy Awards.
January 22, 2009

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BEST ANIMATED FILM
"Bolt"
"Kung Fu Panda"
"WALL-E"

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

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
"Changeling" Tom Stern
"Slumdog Millionaire," Anthony Dod Mantle
"The Reader," Chris Menges
"The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button," Claudio Miranda
"The Dark Knight," Wally Pfister,

BEST FILM EDITING
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," Kirk Baxter, Angus Wall
"The Dark Knight," Lee Smith
"Frost/Nixon," Daniel P. Hanley, Mike Hill
"Milk," Elliot Graham
"Slumdog Millionaire," Chris Dickens

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
"Australia," Catherine Martin
"The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button," Jacqueline West
"The Duchess," Michael O'Conner
"Milk", Danny Glicker
"Revolutionary Road," Albert Wolsky

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

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

"Slumdog Millionaire," "Jai Ho," A.R. Rahman
"Slumdog Millionaire," "O Saya," A.R. Rahman & M.I.A.
"WALL-E," "Down To Earth," Peter Gabriel & Thomas Newman

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 MAKEUP
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," Colleen Callaghan, Fionagh Cush
"The Dark Knight," Peter Robb-King, John Caglione Jr.
"Hellboy II: The Golden Army," Mike Elizalde, Thom Floutz

BEST SOUND EDITING
"The Dark Knight," Richard King
"Iron Man," Frank Eulner, Christopher Boyes
"Slumdog Millionaire," Tom Sayers
"WALL-E," Ben Burtt, Matthew Wood
"Wanted," Wylie Stateman

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

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," Eric Barba
"The Dark Knight," Chris Corbould, Nick Davis, Paul Franklin, Tim Webber
"Iron Man," John Nelson

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

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM
"La Maison en Petits Cubes"
"Lavatory - Lovestory"
"Oktapodi"
"Presto"
"This Way Up"

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



Comments [15]

Allegra's picture

I have to add then and. Best

I have to add then and.
Best supporting actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman
Best supporting actress: Marisa Tomei
I just love this game Smile

Lezbeth's picture

I'm not much of a movie goer,

I'm not much of a movie goer, but am trying to rack up the heavily nominated films...saw Doubt but thought the ending was awkward and that even the great Meryl Streep didn't pull it off so well.

Thinking that Gran Torino was going to be nominated for something I went to see that. What a mistake! I cannot handle the extreme violence that Hollywood seems to love pumping out. It made me sick.

Now, I'm afraid to go see any of these, because people will say "it's not violent, not in any significant way," I'll go and then get blasted out of my seat and spend that night and the next day literally sick to my stomach.

Can anyone give me a run-down on which of these heavily nominated films IS NOT violent (lots of shooting, killing, terror), so that I may enjoy my movie-watching experience?

Kent's picture

Fair play. I'm going

Fair play. I'm going with:

Best picture "Slumdog Millionaire"
Best actress : Kate Winslet
Best actor: Mickey Rourke
Best supporting actor: Heath Ledger
Best supporting actress: Viola Davis (Hard category!)
Best foreign language film: “Waltz with Bashir”

Grace Moon's picture

and thank god for that! ;)

and thank god for that!
Wink

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Robin Rigby's picture

The studio has to actually

The studio has to actually put the movie up for consideration, it's not like the nominations are wide open to any movie released the prior year. They may have done that, but when it comes to the acting noms, Kate can't be nominated for best actress for both "Revolutionary Road" and "The Reader" so one of them had to back off. Maybe the studio pulled RR from consideration altogether to let Kate try for a win for TR. Maybe not. What do I know? Smile

Allegra's picture

Ok Let's bet: Best picture

Ok Let's bet:
Best picture "Milk"
Best actress : Meryl Streep
Best actor: Sean Penn
Best foreign language film: “Waltz with Bashir” (Israel)

ElizKoke's picture

but what about Revolutionary

but what about Revolutionary Road? I've heard wonderful things about that... seems like it was totally snubbed.

Xanadu's picture

He hinted (strongly) at

He hinted (strongly) at taking steroids and then back tracked on his comments (realising the legal implications!)

minniesota's picture

The only movie I've seen this

The only movie I've seen this year is Slumdog Millionaire (I liked it!). I've been busy reading Grace Moon et al. Smile

Still searching for the right brainy quote.

Robin Rigby's picture

Well, since the Golden Globes

Well, since the Golden Globes are usually a good indicator of Oscar wins- we can expect "Slumdog" to sweep. Heath Ledger is a shoe in, it's all anyone could talk about last year.

Hathaway didn't win the Globe (despite the mistake on the website that said she had just a few days before the broadcast). I don't remember though if Winslet won it for "The Reader" or "Revolutionary Road" and I'm too lazy to check. Smile Streep gets nominated for Oscars for practically everything she appears in, but she doesn't have a very good record for wins. Odd, since she's arguably the most talented actress in Hollywood. I'd probably place my bets for best actress on Winslet.

One of my close friends went to high school with Viola Davis so I know he'll be cheering her on.

I loved "Milk" as well, but it hasn't done well in the awards so far so it's not a likely Oscar winner.

Just a few of my thoughts. I'm not typically good at picking these things though.

ElizKoke's picture

i just saw Rachel Getting

i just saw Rachel Getting Married, and I thought Hathaway was *brilliant* in the role. And also, while I didn't like Doubt as a whole...i thought Streep was creepily good as the nun. I had flashbacks to grammar school the whole time...

peacekitty's picture

Thanks Kent. :) I thought

Thanks Kent. Smile

I thought Heath Ledger gave a stunning performance in The Dark Knight. He was such an amazing talent and I'll miss him.

I loved Milk! It was such a moving and inspirational film. My friend and I saw it after Proposition 8 and Rick Warren, and afterwards we were in the ladies room and overheard some older women in their 60's (presumable straight, they were with their husbands I think) talking about how "things haven't really changed all that much since then."

All of the performances were great in that.

As for Mickey Rourke...was he wearing a body suit?? I barely recognized him.

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Kent's picture

I would love it if Sean Penn

I would love it if Sean Penn won but I'm already betting on Mickey Rourke for Actor. I'd bet Kate Winslet takes Actress.

Jennifer's picture

yay for MILK!!! <3 Sean

yay for MILK!!! <3 Sean Penn

oh and Jolie, even while playing a frantic mother is still smokinnnn; Changeling was an amazing movie.

Fastgurrrl's picture

The only ones I saw were Iron

The only ones I saw were Iron Man (enjoyed it) and Tropic Thunder (anyway). I'm out of the loop. Sorry, Kent! =)