Monday, December 1, 2008

Awards Watch: The Race Begins

Depending on which Oscar pundit you pay attention to, the "official" start of the 2008 movie award season is either tomorrow (when the Independent Spirit Award nominations are announced) or this Thursday (when the National Board of Review unveils their winners). Regardless, there are a few early entrants into this year's race, with the Annie Award nominations (for animated productions) planned for later today and the International Press Academy's nominations for their 13th Annual Satellite Awards announced yesterday.

As I mentioned last year, the Satellites are what one might call the "red-headed step child" of Hollywood awards; nobody pays that much attention to them and (as you can see in the full list in the comments section below) their nominations can be all over the place, naming movies that you may not have heard of and probably never will again. In any event, some observations:
  • Australia received the most nominations, with nine, but none in any of the major categories. Baz Luhrmann will receive the vague "Auteur Award", which must be a consolation prize of some sort.
  • Milk got six nominations, including Best Picture - Drama and acting nods for Sean Penn and James Franco. James Brolin was nominated (in the comedy category!) for W.
  • Meryl Streep (Doubt, Mamma Mia!) and Mark Ruffalo (What Doesn't Kill You, The Brothers Bloom) were both nominated twice in the lead acting races, one each for drama and comedy or musical.
  • Heath Ledger received his first of what will probably be many posthumous nominations for his Joker in The Dark Knight.
  • The Quantum of Solace theme "Another Way to Die", which received mostly mixed reviews, was nevertheless nominated for Best Original Song.
  • The animated documentary Waltz With Bashir was nominated in both categories.
  • Four of the group's "top ten movies of 2008" were left out of their Best Picture categories, with Ballast receiving no nominations at all.
The Satellite Awards will be handed out December 14.

1 comment:

  1. Outstanding Motion Picture - Drama
    Frost/Nixon
    Frozen River
    Milk
    The Reader
    Revolutionary Road
    Slumdog Millionaire

    Outstanding Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
    Choke
    Happy-Go-Lucky
    In Bruges
    Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
    Tropic Thunder
    Vicky Cristina Barcelona

    Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
    Leonardo Dicaprio in Revolutionary Road
    Richard Jenkins in The Visitor
    Frank Langella in Frost/Nixon
    Sean Penn in Milk
    Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler
    Mark Ruffalo in What Doesn't Kill You

    Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
    Josh Brolin in W.
    Michael Cera in Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
    Ricky Gervais in Ghost Town
    Brendan Gleeson in In Bruges
    Sam Rockwell in Choke
    Mark Ruffalo in The Brothers Bloom

    Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
    Anne Hathaway in Rachel Getting Married
    Angelina Jolie in Changeling
    Melissa Leo in Frozen River
    Kristin Scott Thomas in I've Loved You So Long
    Meryl Streep in Doubt
    Kate Winslet in The Reader

    Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
    Catherine Deneuve in A Christmas Tale
    Kat Dennings in Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
    Sally Hawkins in Happy-Go-Lucky
    Lisa Kudrow in Kabluey
    Debra Messing in Nothing Like the Holidays
    Meryl Streep in Mamma Mia!

    Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role
    Robert Downey Jr. in Tropic Thunder
    James Franco in Milk
    Philip Seymour Hoffman in Doubt
    Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
    Michael Shannon in Revolutionary Road
    Rade Sherbedgia in Fugitive Pieces

    Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role
    Penelope Cruz in Elegy
    Rosemarie DeWitt in Rachel Getting Married
    Anjelica Huston in Choke
    Beyoncé Knowles in Cadillac Records
    Sophie Okonedo in The Secret Life of Bees
    Emma Thompson in Brideshead Revisited

    Outstanding Director
    Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire
    Stephen Daldry for The Reader
    Ron Howard for Frost/Nixon
    Thomas McCarthy for The Visitor
    Christpher Nolan for The Dark Knight
    Gus Van Sant for Milk

    Best Screenplay - Original
    Australia
    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    Elegy
    Frozen River
    Milk
    The Visitor

    Best Screenplay - Adapted
    Doubt
    Frost/Nixon
    The Reader
    Revolutionary Road
    Slumdog Millionaire

    Outstanding Cinematography
    Australia
    Brideshead Revisited
    Changeling
    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    The Duchess
    Snow Angels

    Outstanding Art Direction & Production Design
    Australia
    Brideshead Revisited
    City of Ember
    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    The Duchess
    Revolutionary Road

    Outstanding Costume Design
    Australia
    Brideshead Revisited
    City of Ember
    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    The Duchess
    Sex and the City

    Outstanding Original Score
    Australia
    Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!
    Milk
    Quantum of Solace
    Slumdog Millionaire
    WALL-E

    Outstanding Original Song
    "Another Way to Die" from Quantum of Solace
    "By the Boab Tree" from Australia
    "Down to Earth" from WALL-E
    "Jaiho" from Slumdog Millionaire
    "If the World" from Body of Lies
    "The Wrestler" from The Wrestler

    Outstanding Film Editing
    Australia
    The Dark Knight
    Frost/Nixon
    Iron Man
    Quantum of Solace
    Slumdog Millionaire

    Outstanding Sound (Mixing & Editing)
    Australia
    The Day the Earth Stood Still
    The Dark Knight
    Iron Man
    Quantum of Solace
    WALL-E

    Outstanding Visual Effects
    Australia
    The Day the Earth Stood Still
    The Dark Knight
    Iron Man
    Quantum of Solace

    Outstanding Motion Picture - Animated or Mixed Media
    Bolt
    Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!
    The Sky Crawlers
    The Tale of Despereaux
    WALL-E
    Waltz With Bashir

    Outstanding Motion Picture - Foreign Film
    Caramel
    The Class
    Gomorrah
    Let the Right One In
    Reprise
    Sangre de mi Sangre

    Outstanding Motion Picture - Documentary
    Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer
    Encounters at the End of the World
    Man on Wire
    Pray the Devil Back to Hell
    Religulous
    Waltz With Bashir

    Auteur Award
    Baz Luhrmann for Australia

    Top Ten Films of 2008 (listed alphabetically)
    Ballast
    Changeling
    Doubt
    The Dark Knight
    Frost/Nixon
    Frozen River
    Milk
    The Reader
    Revolutionary Road
    Slumdog Millionaire

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