Thursday, January 22, 2009

Awards Watch: Oscar Nominations 2008

No matter how much one follows the trends of the current award season, one can always count on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to throw some curveballs come Oscar nomination time. And boy, did they this morning.

We'll start with Best Picture nominees: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Frost/Nixon, Milk, The Reader and Slumdog Millionaire. That's right, no The Dark Knight, a fact that will be bemoaned by fanboy bloggers now 'til doomsday. The director nods match the top five exactly, including out filmmakers Gus Van Sant and Stephen Daldry.

The surprises continue in the acting categories, where indie faves Richard Jenkins (The Visitor) and Melissa Leo (Frozen River) were in, Clint Eastwood (Gran Torino) and Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky) were out. Meanwhile, Golden Globe double-winner Kate Winslet was only nominated for Best Actress (and for The Reader, not Revolutionary Road as campaigned).

And the shocks went all the way down the line, such as no Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona for Original Screenplay and (my "guilty pleasure" category) the oft-maligned Best Original Song limited to only three tunes (WALL-E's "Down to Earth" and two from Slumdog; you can hear them in full at the Official Movie Dearest MySpace page). For a quick look at all the nominees in every category, see the comments section below.

The 81st Annual Academy Awards will be presented Sunday February 22 on ABC. Let the predictions, nay saying and second-guessing begin ...

2 comments:

  1. Correction: Kate Winslet was nominated for "The Reader" in Best Actress and not for "Revolutionary Road". And at least you didn't have to worry about writing the words "Academy Award nominee Mylie Cyrus." ;)

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  2. Thanks for catching that, I made the correction!

    - kch

    And here is the complete list of nominees:

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

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

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

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

    Supporting Actress:
    Amy Adams in Doubt
    Penelope Cruz in Vicky Cristina Barcelona
    Viola Davis in Doubt
    Taraji P. Henson in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    Marisa Tomei in The Wrestler

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

    Adapted Screenplay:
    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    Doubt
    Frost/Nixon
    The Reader
    Slumdog Millionaire

    Original Screenplay:
    Frozen River
    Happy-Go-Lucky
    In Bruges
    Milk
    WALL-E

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

    Art Direction/Set Decoration:
    Changeling
    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    The Dark Knight
    The Duchess
    Revolutionary Road

    Costume Design:
    Australia
    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    The Duchess
    Milk
    Revolutionary Road

    Original Score:
    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    Defiance
    Milk
    Slumdog Millionaire
    WALL-E

    Original Song:
    "Down to Earth” from WALL-E
    "Jai Ho” from Slumdog Millionaire
    "O Saya” from Slumdog Millionaire

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

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

    Animated Feature:
    Bolt
    Kung Fu Panda
    WALL-E

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

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

    Make-Up:
    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    The Dark Knight
    Hellboy II: The Golden Army

    Foreign Language Film:
    The Baader Meinhof Complex
    The Class
    Departures
    Revanche
    Waltz with Bashir

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

    Documentary Short:
    The Conscience of Nhem En
    The Final Inch
    Smile Pinki
    The Witness - From the Balcony of Room 306

    Animated Short:
    La Maison en Petits Cubes
    Lavatory - Lovestory
    Oktapodi
    Presto
    This Way Up

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

    And here's the rundown of total nominations per film (for those with multiple nominations):

    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - 13
    Slumdog Millionaire - 10
    The Dark Knight - 8
    Milk - 8
    WALL-E - 6
    Doubt - 5
    Frost/Nixon - 5
    The Reader - 5
    Changeling - 3
    Revolutionary Road - 3
    The Duchess - 2
    Frozen River - 2
    Iron Man - 2
    Wanted - 2
    The Wrestler - 2

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