Oscar Nominations announced

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    81st Academy Awards main nominations:

    Best Picture:


    'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'

    'Frost/Nixon'

    'Milk'

    'The Reader'

    'Slumdog Millionaire'

    Best Actor:

    Richard Jenkins 'The Visitor'

    Brad Pitt 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'

    Frank Langella 'Frost/Nixon'

    Sean Penn 'Milk'

    Mickey Rourke 'The Wrestler'

    Best Actress:

    Anne Hathaway 'Rachel Getting Married'

    Melissa Leo 'Frozen River'

    Meryl Street 'Doubt'

    Angelina Jolie 'Changeling'

    Kate Winslet 'The Reader'

    Best Supporting Actor:

    Josh Brolin 'Milk'

    Robert Downey Jr. 'Tropic Thunder'

    Philip 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'

    Best Director:

    David Fincher 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'

    Ron Howard 'Frost/Nixon'

    Gus Van Sant 'Milk'

    Stephen Daldry 'The Reader'

    Danny Boyle 'Slumdog Millionaire'

    Best Animated Feature Film:

    'Bolt'

    'Kung Fu Panda'

    'Wall-E'

    Best Adapted Screenplay:

    'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'

    'Doubt'

    'Frost/Nixon'

    'The Reader'

    'Slumdog Millionaire'

    Best Original Screenplay:

    'Frozen River'

    'Happy-Go-Lucky'

    'In Bruges'

    'Milk'

    'Wall-E'
     
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    I'm genuinely surprised Wall-E didn't get a nomination for any major awards by any group this year. I don't think they would win any of them, but I think it was certainly a top 5 film. :eek:
     
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    He did wear a dress in the role. ;)

    I have not seen Benjamin Button, and had really wanted to do so. I need to bug my g/f to go see it. :)
     
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    Out of all those I've seen Dark Knight (twice), Kung Fu Panda and WALL-E. I guess I just don't see Oscar quality films very often.
     
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    That, sir, is a veritable classic. :)
     
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    Wall-E should have swept.
    I present a cynical, realistic look at our nominees:

    Throw an Oscar at Heath for the obvious reason;

    Penelope's already got one so pick somebody else's name from the hat;

    Let Meryl have one more just because she's awesome;

    Shoe-in Frank Langella, mostly out of recognition for his career;

    Overturn the headliners Frost, Milk and Benjamin and give it to the low-budget Slumdog;

    Give the Director nod to Fincher because it's so cool to tell Brad and Cate what to do;

    Kung-Fu and Bolt were stupid - give another one to Pixar (partly to make up for NOT having been nominated for BP);

    Screenplay & Adapted Screenplay go to In Bruges and Doubt, just because one sounds funny and the other hasn't been mentioned yet;

    And there's only one foreign film on the list. Even if it wins, does it really count?
     
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    Slumdog really was a fantastic movie (and in its own way, I think, was actually an even better rendition of Forrest Gump to watch in 2008/2009). And it never smelt low budget. It's very deserving, and I hope it portends more US-India movie collaborations.

    A.R. Rahman, alongside MIA and everyone else who collaborated with him on the soundtrack, also did a fabulous job. Granted, using Paper Planes was a bit obligatory, but it did fit the scene perfectly. :D
     
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    I totally agree. Easily the funniest movie of the year, and Robert NAILED it!:D
     
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    The only one I've seen is Slumdog Millionaire. Thought it was great except there was a shift in about the last 15 minutes that bothered me. It changed from an almost documentary-like movie into a predictable hollywood-type movie right near the end. Otherwise, it was fantastic.
     
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    Is Benjamin Button just an attempt to get Brad Pitt an Oscar. Is that the only reason it is nominated, not because it is a good movie.
     
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    I should start watching these movies, so I can better "Predict the 2008 Oscars." Based on last year's competition, I could sure use the help. :eek:
     
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    Sorry, it was a quick copy and paste from sky news.
     
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    While no expert - I will be severely disappointed if Rourke doesn't get the Oscar for his work in the Wrestler. His performance, imho, was awesome.
     
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    Very dissapointed that Doubt was not nominated for Best Picture. After seeing all of the movies nominated for that category (except for The Reader), I feel that Doubt was the most deserving. Slumdog Millionaire was enjoyable, but the ending was horrid, and Benjamin Button should not be on that list. Milk and Frost/Nixon were great, but I don't think either film deserves to win the award.

    I really have to see The Wrestler soon, although I'm not a fan of Mickey Rourke. I hate to delay watching a movie until it comes out on DVD, it just isn't the same experience.
     
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    The OP's list is incomplete... can someone fix this?

    As for the nominees... I'm glad Slumdog has received so much attention. Really, it's good to see that Indian-esque films can be appreciated globally. Gives me hope, too, as an Indian filmmaker.

    The one that topped the list, though, is The Curious Case..., which I have yet to see. Looking forward to it.



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    Slumdog Millionaire is a way better than Benjamin Button..know what, some times i think that the judges in Oscars are too biased
     
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    I plan to see Slumdog Millionaire and My Bloody Valentine:eek: this weekend whoo!
     
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    Off topic but . . . I still think Lynch should have gotten the Oscar for Mulholland Drive. I've always wished I could film my dreams. The dream portion in that film (most of the movie) is as close as I've ever seen to an actual dream.
     
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    Didn't find Heath Ledger's performance as the Joker particularly awesome or inspiring, but I'm sure he will be honored for his last role. I found Aaron Ackhart's Two Face much more engaging...
     

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