Oscar Nominations 2009

Well, the judges have spoken and here lies the list of this year’s Oscars candidates.

It’s an interesting array this year. Despite the dead cert ‘Oscar Bait’ films of Frost/Nixon, Milk and Revolutionary Road cropping up in all the right places, I don’t think many would have anticipated The Curious Case of Benjamin Button topping the list of nominations with 13.

I’m sure many would have been expecting The Wrestler to have landed a few more nods as well. Although in my humble – yet prestigious – opinion, nominations in Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress categories for Mickey Rourke and Marissa Tomei respectively just about fits the bill.

I’ve got big hopes for Slumdog Millionaire after seeing it thunder towards a totally deserved ten nominations. And, although it would make for an utterly cringeworthy barrage of  ‘The British Are Coming” headlines, there’s no doubting that the film is easily one of the finest to show on this year’s shortlist and would be robbed to not see at least a glimpse of the gold stuff.

Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight and Gus Van Saint’s Milk take a joint third position with eight nominations a piece, while Wall-E, The Reader, Frost/Nixon and Doubt each bagged five.

As per usual for the Oscars, Best Film nominations have come hand in hand with Best Director, which makes for an interesting face off for four extremely talented, if often overlooked, directors in David Fincher, Ron Howard, Gus Van Sant, Stephen Daldry and Danny Boyle.

Predictably Heath Ledger’s name has appeared in the Best Actor Called Heath Ledger category, which – although quite deserved – does make you feel a little bit sorry for the other supporting actors nominated, who’s names are clearly not Heath Ledger. Still everyone loves a posthumous clap-along…

In all it’s a very ‘Artsy’ list of candidates this year. Hopefully this could make for an interesting set of results come the big night on 22nd February, but it is certainly good to see the academy finally looking towards films which show off a real talent, rather than the obvious big name choices.

Anyway, here is the list of nominees in full. I’ve highlighted my predictions for this year’s winners in italics, while my personal preferences are in a delightful shade of Chad Racing Green.  

Let me know what you think. Do you agree with my predictions? What films should have made the shortlist?

Best Film
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – David Fincher
Frost/Nixon – Ron Howard
Milk – Gus Van Sant
The Reader – Stephen Daldry
Slumdog Millionaire – Danny Boyle
Actor In A Leading Role
The Visitor – Richard Jenkins
Frost/Nixon – Frank Langella
Milk – Sean Penn
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Brad Pitt
The Wrestler – Mickey Rourke
Actor In A Supporting Role
Milk – Josh Brolin
Tropic Thunder – Robert Downey Jr.
Doubt – Philip Seymour Hoffman
The Dark Knight – Heath Ledger
Revolutionary Road – Michael Shannon
Actress In A Leading Role
Rachel Getting Married – Anne Hathaway
Changeling – Angelina Jolie
Frozen River – Melissa Leo
Doubt – Meryl Streep
The Reader – Kate Winslet
Actress In A Supporting Role
Doubt – Amy Adams
Vicky Cristina Barcelona – Penélope Cruz
Doubt – Viola Davis
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Taraji P. Henson
The Wrestler – Marisa Tomei
Adapted Screenplay
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Eric Roth, Robin Swicord
Doubt – John Patrick Shanley
Frost/Nixon – Peter Morgan
The Reader – David Hare
Slumdog Millionaire – Simon Beaufoy
Original Screenplay
Frozen River – Courtney Hunt
Happy-Go-Lucky – Mike Leigh
In Bruges – Martin McDonagh
Milk – Dustin Lance Black
WALL-E – Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon, Pete Docter
Animated Feature
Kung Fu Panda
Art Direction
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
The Duchess
Revolutionary Road
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire
Costume Design
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Duchess
Revolutionary Road
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
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Slumdog Millionaire
Best Foreign Language Film
The Baader Meinhof Complex
The Class
Waltz with Bashir
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Hellboy II: The Golden Army
Original Score
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Alexandre Desplat
Defiance – James Newton Howard
Milk – Danny Elfman
Slumdog Millionaire – A.R. Rahman
WALL-E – Thomas Newman
Original Song
WALL-E – “Down to Earth”
Slumdog Millionaire – “Jai Ho”
Slumdog Millionaire – “O Saya”
Sound Editing
The Dark Knight
Iron Man
Slumdog Millionaire
Sound Mixing
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Slumdog Millionaire
Visual Effects
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Iron Man
Animated Short
La Maison de Petits Cubes
Lavatory – Lovestory
This Way Up
Live Action Short
Auf der Strecke (On the Line)
Manon on the Asphalt
New Boy
The Pig
Spielzeugland (Toyland)

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