Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Oscar Predictions, or How The Race Begins... now if only I could make some $ out of this...

Cause nothing's more exciting than playing a blind-guessing game. There are those movies that I'm rooting for either because I've seen them and loved them (Wall-E, The Dark Knight), because I support the people in them (Hugh, Nicole and Baz, Meryl and Amy, Leo and Kate), and then there are those that trailers and buzz have whet my appetite (Milk, The Reader, Slumdog Millionaire) and there are two movies that despite everyone being very gung-ho about them I don't feel it (Frost/Nixon and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)... in any case, here amy predictions. I do it for fun, to keep track of what movies I want to see, to catch myself in January thinking: idiot! and to pass the time, really.

Best Picture

Other Possibilities
Wall-E (A+), Frost/Nixon, Revolutionary Road, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Reader, Gran Torino

Best Director
Baz Luhrmann (Australia)
Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight - A+)
David Fincher 
(The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)
Sam Mendes (Revolutionary Road)

Other Possibilities
Andrew Stanton (Wall-E - A+), John Patrick Shanley (Doubt), Clint Eastwood (Gran Torino), Gus Van Sant (Milk), Stephen Daldry (The Reader)

Best Lead Actor
Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler)
Clint Eastwood 
(Gran Torino)
Sean Penn (Milk)
Leo DiCaprio (Revolutionary Road)
Brad Pitt (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)

Other Possibilities
Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon), 
Richard Jenkins (The Visitor), Dustin Hoffman (Last Chance Harvey), Hugh Jackman (Australia), Josh Brolin (W. - B)

Best Lead Actress
Nicole Kidman (Australia)
Meryl Streep (Doubt)
Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky - A-)
Kristin Scott-Thomas (I've Loved You So Long - A+)
Kate Winslet (Revolutionary Road)

Other Possibilities
Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married - A), Angelina Jolie (The Changeling), Michelle Williams (Wendy and Lucy)

Best Supporting Actor
Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight - A+)
Philip Seymour Hoffman (Doubt)
James Franco (Milk)
Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road)

Other Possibilities
Robert Downey Jr (Tropic Thunder), Josh Brolin (Milk), Eddie Marsan 
(Happy-Go-Lucky - A-), Brandon Walters (Australia)

Best Supporting Actress
Viola Davis (Doubt)
Rosemarie DeWitt (Rachel Getting Married - A)
Michelle Williams (Synecdoche, New York - B++)
Kate Winslet (The Reader)

Other Possibilities
Kathy Bates (Revolutionary Road), Amy Adams (Doubt), Marisa Tomei (The Wrestler), Elsa Zylberstein (I've Loved You So Long - A+), Samantha Morton (Synecdoche, New York - B++), [ADDITION, for Dame James]: Ashley Tisdale (High School Musical 3: Senior Year - B+)

Best Original Screenplay

Other Possibilities
Australia, Rachel Getting Married (A), The Wrestler, Gran Torino, I've Loved You So Long (A+)

Best Adapted Screenplay
The Reader
Revolutionary Road

Other Possibilities
Frost/Nixon, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Defiance


Michael Parsons said...

I think you are the only one not predicting Henson for Benjamin Button!

Go it alone! More power to you!

J.D. said...

Isn't Patel the lead in Slumdog...?

mB said...

Yeah... until I read/see Button I don't know... the Academy has never warmed up to Fincher's work and I wonder whether this Brad vehicle will finally crack AMPAS.
As for Patel - he's being campaigned in Supporting though it looks like is the lead. I'll be seeing it next week so we'll see by then. :D

Dame James Henry said...

No La Tisdale in Supporting Actress? For shame!