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#77 (Academy Award Nominations)

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Hello all, thought I’d post the Academy Award nominees before I run to school.

Best Picture

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

Best Actor

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

Best Actress

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

Best Supporting Actor

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

Best Supporting Actress

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

Best Animated Feature Film

Kung-Fu Panda


Tom Stern, Changeling
Claudio Miranda, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Wally Pfister, The Dark Knight
Roger Deakins & Chris Menges, The Reader
Anthony Dod Mantle, Slumdog Millionaire


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

Writing (Adapted)

Eric Roth, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
John Patrick Shanley, Doubt
Peter Morgan, Frost/Nixon
David Hare, The Reader
Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire

Writing (Original)

Courtney Hunt, Frozen River
Mike Leigh, Happy-Go-Lucky
Martin McDonough, In Bruges
Dustin Lance Black, Milk
Andrew Stanton, WALL-E

The only real big shocker there is The Dark Knight getting neither Best Picture nor Best Directing nominations, I really felt as if Nolan is due but what can you do. The category I am the happiest with is definitely Writing (Original Screenplay) due to the fact that all of those films are fantastic with the exception of Frozen River simply because I have not seen it yet. I am very happy and surprised that In Bruges got a nomination, such an outstanding, highly underrated film. It’ll be interesting to see what happens with Best Support Actor, although I think Ledger will get it (not that it isn’t deserved), it’s just that Michael Shannon in Revolutionary Road was incredible. I’ll post more thoughts later, I have to run to school.

Have a good day all.


Written by thomasbalkcom

January 22, 2009 at 2:57 pm

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  1. I want you to post your predictions for each category! Do you still think Benjamin Button will get best picture? I am torn between Sean Penn and Mickey Rourke for who I want to get Best Actor. I bet my picks would be way different than who actually wins…haha


    January 22, 2009 at 4:21 pm

  2. I am surprised and pleased about Richard Jenkins and his Best Actor nomination for The Visitor. He is really a good actor and has been in countless things. Interesting….he probably won’t win, but it’s nice to see him recognized.



    January 22, 2009 at 7:57 pm

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