Thursday, January 22, 2009

Oscar predictions.

FILM OF THE YEAR
01. Slumdog Millionaire, Fox Searchlight
02. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Paramount Pictures
03. Milk, Focus Features
04. The Dark Knight, Warner Brothers Pictures
05. Frost/Nixon

I’ve given up on predicting Wall-E. Boo.

DIRECTIONAL ACHIEVEMENT
01. Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
02. David Fincher, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
03. Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight
04. Gus Van Sant, Milk
05. Ron Howard, Frost/Nixon

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
01. Dustin Lance Black, Milk
02. Woody Allen, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
03. Jenny Lumet, Rachel Getting Married
04. Thomas McCarthy, The Visitor
05. Mike Leigh, Happy Go Lucky

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
01. Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire
02. Eric Roth, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
03. David Hare, The Reader
04. Peter Morgan, Frost/Nixon
05. John Patrick Shanley, Doubt

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
01. Wall•E, Pixar Animation Studios
02. Kung Fu Panda, DreamWorks SKG
03. Waltz With Bashir, Sony Pictures Classic

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
01. Waltz With Bashir, Israel
02. The Baader Meinhof Complex, Germany
03. Everlasting Moments, Sweden
04. The Class, France
05. Revanche, Austria

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
01. Meryl Streep, Doubt
02. Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married
03. Kate Winslet, Revolutionary Road
04. Melissa Leo, Frozen River
05. Sally Hawkins, Happy Go Lucky

Sally bunging Hawkins had better get nominated.

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
01. Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler
02. Sean Penn, Milk
03. Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon
04. Brad Pitt, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
05. Leonardo DiCaprio, Revolutionary Road

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
01. Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
02. Josh Brolin, Milk
03. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Doubt
04. Robert Downey Jr, Tropic Thunder
05. Dev Patel, Slumdog Millionaire

11 months ago, if you’d told me that Anwar off Skins was going to get an Oscar nomination, I would have told you to get it. I’m so proud of how far Dev Patel has come!

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
01. Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler
02. Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
03. Viola Davis, Doubt
04. Kate Winslet, The Reader
05. Amy Adams, Doubt

The category that my own personal ballot most closely resembles. My personal five picks would be Cruz, Davis, Adams, Tomei, and Mila Kunis for Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

COSTUME DESIGN
01. Jacqueline West, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
02. Albert Wolsky, Revolutionary Road
03. Deborah Hopper, Changeling
04. Michael O’Connor, The Duchess
05. Catherine Martin, Australia

ART DIRECTION
01. Donald Graham Burt, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
02. Nathan Crowley, The Dark Knight
03. James Murakami, Changeling
04. Brigitte Broch, The Reader
05. Bill Groom, Milk

CINEMATOGRAPHY
01. Anthony Dod Mantle, Slumdog Millionaire
02. Wally Pfister, The Dark Knight
03. Claudio Miranda, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
04. Roger Deakins, Revolutionary Road
05. Chris Menges, The Reader

MAKE-UP DESIGN
01. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Paramount Pictures
02. The Reader, The Weinstein Company
03. Tropic Thunder, Paramount Pictures

FILM EDITING
01. Chris Dickens, Slumdog Millionaire
02. Daniel & Mike Hill, Frost/Nixon
03. Lee Smith, The Dark Knight
04. Kirk Baxter & Angus Wall, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
05. Claire Simpson, The Reader

SOUND MIXING
01. Wall•E, Pixar Animation Studios
02. The Dark Knight, Warner Brothers Pictures
03. Iron Man, 20th Century Fox
04. Slumdog Millionaire, Fox Searchlight
05. Tropic Thunder, Paramount Pictures

SOUND EDITING
01. The Dark Knight
02. Iron Man,
03. Wall•E
04. The Curious Case of Benjamin Butto
05. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

VISUAL EFFECTS
01. Iron Man
02. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
03. The Dark Knight

ORIGINAL SCORE
01. Thomas Newman, Wall•E
02. Alexandre Desplat, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
03. A.R. Rahman, Slumdog Millionaire
04. Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard, The Dark Knight
05. John Williams, that Indiana Jones movie he scored

I would love to see Thomas Newman bag himself double nominations for his score on Revolutionary Road as well, but it doesn’t seem that likely, what with the Oscars bumming John Williams and that.

ORIGINAL SONG
01. The Wrestler, The Wrestler
02. Down to Earth, Wall•E
03. Jai Ho, Slumdog Millionaire
04. O Saya, Slumdog Millionaire
05. The Call, Prince Caspian

This is my wish fulfilment category. If these five songs get nominated, I shall be a very happy girl.

I’m off for a walk down to the town centre now, so I don’t know if I’ll actually be around when the Oscars are announced. Doubt it. But I’ll be back, to whinge/say I told you so/cry/be ecstatic.

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