Oscar Nominations: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

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The Oscar season is coming up and after seeing the Golden Globe winners on TV i’m pretty psyched. Here’s the Noms and my opinions on who’s gonna win, who I’m rooting for and which one’s I’m not particuarly excited about. Hit the read more link for the full list.

 

Best Picture

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

Here, I’m rooting for Slumdog and I have a good feeling about it winning. I still have yet to see Milk though, which looks very good. Not a bad choice of noms.

Best performance by an actor in a leading role

-Richard Jenkins (The Visitor)
-Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon)
-Sean Penn (Milk)
-Brad Pitt (Curious Case of Benjamin Button)
-Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler)

Although I’m mainly rooting for Brad Pitt, I think Mickey Rourke will win the Oscar because he has a lot of support going and he did a damn good job (I’ll mention it in my review in a couple of days). Still have yet to see Milk, and I have never ever heard of The Visitor. Nothing really strange here.

Best performance by an actress in a leading role

-Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married)
-Angelina Jolie (Changeling)
-Melissa Leo (Frozen River)
-Meryl Streep (Doubt)
-Kate Winslet (The Reader)

I’ll be honest with you: I’ve only seen Doubt out of these, and the only movie out of these noms I’d actually consider watching is Changeling. Without a Doubt (pun intended) Meryl Streep should win the Oscar because her performance shined throughout the movie and stole the show (amazing considering that Philip Seymour Hoffman was in Doubt). These other movies look kinda boring.

Best performance by an actor in a supporting role

-Josh Brolin (Milk)
-Robert Downey Jr. (Tropic Thunder)
-Philip Seymour Hoffman (Doubt)
-Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight)
-Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road)

As much as I want Rober Downey Jr. to win for his gut-busting performance in Tropic Thunder, there is absolutely no chance against Heath Ledger, who had an above-average performance as the Joker, but really doesn’t deserve an Oscar. Too bad there are way too many die-hard Batman fans who cannot take criticism. Hey, I think Chris Nolan is great, but he didn’t win me over with the over-hyped The Dark Knight.

Best performance by an actress in a supporting role

-Amy Adams (Doubt)
-Penelope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona)
-Viola Davis (Doubt)
-Taraji P. Henson (Curious Case of Benjamin Button)
-Marisa Tomei (The Wrestler)

Amy Adams for Doubt. No questions asked. And what is with the nomination for Penelope Cruz in Vicky Cristina Barfelona(sic)? A cruel joke from the academy.

Best achievement in directing

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

I don’t know what to say. It’s pretty much a tie between Slumdog and Benjamin Button, but I haven’t seen Milk so I can’t judge. I’m pretty sure Danny Boyle will win but it is very hard to say because I am a fan of pretty much all of the directors who all have made a movie that I love (David Fincher- Fight Club, Se7en/ Danny Boyle- Slumdog Millionaire/ Gus Van Sant- Good Will Hunting/ Ron Howard- A Beautiful Mind). Stephen Daldry made Billy Elliot, but I didn’t particuarly enjoy that.

Best writing, Screenplay written directly for the screen

-Frozen River
-Happy-Go-Lucky
-In Bruges
-Milk
-Wall-E

I love In Bruges. I really hope that one wins. Wall-E isn’t a bad candidate either though. Have yet to see Milk.

Best writing, Screenplay based on material previously produced or published

-The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
-Doubt
-Frost/Nixon
-The Reader
-Slumdog Millionaire

Although I love Slumdog, Doubt was very well written and was very well adapted. Slumdog will probably win.

Best achievement in cinematography

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

Slumdog Millionaire for this one. The Dark Knight had good special effects with explosions and other things and Benjamin Button had great makeup and CGI effects, but cinematography? Slumdog wins.

Best achievement in editing:

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

Benjamin Button for this one. Slumdog was just very raw. Benjamin Button was very well done IMO.

Best achievement in art direction

-Changeling
-Curious Case of Benjamin Button
-The Dark Knight
-The Dutchess
-Revolutionary Road

Benjamin Button hands down. Dark Knight will most likely win. -_-

Best achievement in costume design

-Australia
-Curious Case of Benjamin Button
-The Duchess
-Milk
-Revolutionary Road

Costume design has got to be the dumbest idea for an Oscar. They even make a mockery of it by including Australia as a nom. Benjamin Button wins.

Best achievement in makeup:

-Curious Case of Benjamin Button
-The Dark Knight
-Hellboy 2

Benjamin Button for this one. Although all are pretty good choices. Dark Knight is overrated obviously but makeup isn’t too bad.

Best achievement in music written for motion pictures, original score

-Curious Case of Benjamin Button
-Defiance
-Milk
-Slumdog Millionaire
-Wall-E

Slumdog Millionaire. End of story.

Best achievement in music written for motion pictures, original song

-Slumdog Millionaire (Jai Ho)
-Slumdog Millionaire (O Saya)
-Wall-E (Down to Earth)

I personally like Jai Ho the most. Not really any problems here.

Best achievement in sound

-Curious Case of Benjamin Button
-The Dark Knight
-Slumdog Millionaire
-Wall-E
-Wanted

I’ve seen all the noms on here, and I can say with confidence I’d give it to Wanted. Not a particuarly good movie, but visuals and sound made the movie.

Best achievement in sound editing

-The Dark Knight
-Iron Man
-Slumdog Millionaire
-Wall-E
-Wanted

Again, I’ll have to go with Wanted. Although Slumdog would be my second choice.

Best achievement in visual effects

-Curious Case of Benjamin Button
-The Dark Knight
-Iron Man

If Benjamin Button somehow does not win this, I will cry. Not joking. I will bawl like a baby.

Best animated feature of the year

-Bolt
-Kung-Fu Panda
-Wall-E

Wall-E has my vote. Bolt? Please.

Best foreign language film of the year

-The Baader Meinhof Complex
-The Class
-Revanche
-Departures International
-Waltz With Bashir

I haven’t seen any of these, and while the Class is playing at my local theatre, I am reluctant to see it. Waltz With Bashir looks pretty good though, and I am REALLY surprised that Let The Right One In wasn’t even nominated.

Best documentary, features

-The Betrayal- Nerakhoon
-Encounters at the End of the World
-The Garden
-Man on Wire
-Trouble the Water

Like the Foreign films, I haven’t seen any of these, but Man on Wire looks the best.

Best documentary, short subjects

-The Conscience of Nhem En
-The Final Inch
-Smile Pinki
-The Witness from the Balcony of Room 306

Never heard of any of these, never seen any of them.

Best short film, animated

-La Maison en Petites Cubes
-Uborbaya istoriya- lyubovana istoriya
-Oktapodi
-Presto
-This Way Up

Never seen or heard of any of these.

Best short film, live action

-Auf Der Strecke
-Manon sur le bitume
-New Boy
-Grisen
-Spielzeugland

Again, never seen/heard of any of these.

Loving the Oscars, – s.

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