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The Nominations Are Out! “Benjamin Button” Is The Big Winner!

Unfreakingreal. It wasn’t “Gran Torino” or “Wall-E” that took the place of “The Dark Knight” for Best Picture…it was “The Reader”. “The Dark Knight” was completely and totally screwed. No Best Director for Christopher Nolan. It received a handful of technical nominations and the mandatory Heath Ledger nomination. At this point, they could have given that spot to somebody else too. The Academy voters have essentially made this nomination more about the fact that Ledger died than his actual performance.

There really isn’t much I can say about these nominations. They are freaking terrible and make zero sense. There are a bunch of acting nominations from “Doubt”, which shows voters liked the flick. They didn’t like it enough to nominate it for Best Picture though. Also, “The Reader” gets a bunch of nominations and nobody saw it, the critics didn’t like it, but it gets more attention than the well-received “Revolutionary Road”? It just doesn’t make any sense. I like “Milk” and everything but did Gus Van Sant really do that much as far as directing goes? Not so much.

Lastly…Clint Eastwood should call the police and report a robbery.

My picks are in bold below.

Best Picture

  • “Milk”
  • “Slumdog Millionaire”
  • “The Reader”
  • “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
  • “Frost/Nixon”

Best Director

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

Best Actor

  • Brad Pitt, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
  • Mickey Rourke, “The Wrestler”
  • Sean Penn, “Milk”
  • Frank Langella, “Frost/Nixon”
  • Richard Jenkins, “The Visitor”

Best Actress

  • Angelina Jolie, “Changeling”
  • Anne Hathaway, “Rachel Getting Married”
  • Meryl Streep, “Doubt”
  • Kate Winslet, “The Reader”
  • Melissa Leo, “Frozen River”

Best Supporting Actor

  • Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight”
  • Robert Downey Jr., “Tropic Thunder”
  • Phillip Seymour Hoffman, “Doubt”
  • Josh Brolin, “Milk”
  • Michael Shannon, “Revolutionary Road”

Best Supporting Actress

  • Amy Adams, “Doubt”
  • Penelope Cruz, “Vicki Cristina Barcelona”
  • Marisa Tomei, “The Wrestler”
  • Taraji P. Henson, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
  • Viola Davis, “Doubt”

Best Original Screenplay

  • Dustin Lance Black, “Milk”
  • Jim Reardon & Andrew Stanton, “Wall-E”
  • Courtney Hunt, “Frozen River”
  • Mike Leigh, “Happy-Go-Lucky”
  • Martin McDonagh, “In Bruges”

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Simon Beaufoy, “Slumdog Millionaire”
  • Peter Morgan, “Frost/Nixon”
  • John Patrick Shanley, “Doubt”
  • Eric Roth, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
  • David Hare, “The Reader”
  1. jenchic
    January 22, 2009 at 11:13 AM

    I was saying the same thing this morning when I was reading the nominations. They’re just weird nominations. I haven’t seen such a difference in Globe noms, SAG noms & Oscar noms in a very long time. They’re all different. The SAG noms & the Globe noms usually tell us what to expect when it comes to Oscar time…not this year. I’m dissappointed. If Kate Winslet gets blown over for Best Actress i’m going to be jacked!! Everything that i’ve read about “Revolutionary Road” says that her performance is remarkable….my understanding is that it’s a better performance than in “The Reader”. I guess i just really want her to win, but now i’m nervous for her. I read an article that stated that she has had more Oscar noms than any other actor/actress by the age of 33. She deserves a win! My Winslet foam finger is on!! These nominations are bogus!!

  2. January 24, 2009 at 12:05 AM

    Yeah, I thought Gran Torino would get nominated for something. Maybe Best Picture.

    BTW I was googling Max Fischer pics from Rushmore and your site came up. So hi! And glad you have Fataculture linked as well.

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