Oscar Predictions

With the Oscars fast approaching, I’m going to take this time to lock in my predictions.

Last year I was 50% (it was my best score in 5 years). These are nothing more than educated guesses. Also, for what it’s worth, I went only 25% with last year’s sports championships (my only correct pre-playoff pick was NBA, and I went all the way with Celtics taking the Lakers).

I listed out the nominees for the major categories, my pick in green.

Best Picture
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
– Frost/Nixon
– Milk
– The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire

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

Best Lead Actor
– Richard Jenkins for The Visitor
– Frank Langella for Frost/Nixon
– Sean Penn for Milk
– Brad Pitt for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Mickey Rourke for The Wrestler

Best Lead Actress
– Anne Hathaway for Rachel Getting Married
– Angelina Jolie for Changeling
– Melissa Leo for Frozen River
– Meryl Streep for Doubt
Kate Winslet for The Reader

Best Supporting Actor
– Josh Brolin for Milk
– Robert Downey Jr. for Tropic Thunder
– Phillip Seymour Hoffman for Doubt
Heath Ledger for The Dark Knight
– Michael Shannon for Revolutionary Road

Best Supporting Actress
– Amy Adams for Doubt
Penelope Cruz for Vicky Christina Barcelona
– Viola Davis for Doubt
– Taraji P. Henson for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
– Marisa Tomei for The Wrestler

Best Adapted Screenplay
– Eric Roth and Robin Swicord for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
– John Patrick Shanley for Doubt
– Peter Morgan for Frost/Nixon
– David Hare for The Reader
Simon Beaufoy for Slumdog Millionaire

Best Original Screenplay
– Courtney Hunt for Frozen River
– Mike Leigh for Happy-Go-Lucky
– Martin McDonagh for In Bruges
– Dustin Lance Black for Milk
Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon and Pete Doctor for WALL-E

Best Foreign Film
The Baader Meinhoff Complex – Germany
The Class – France
Departures – Japan
Revanche – Austria
Waltz With Bashir – Israel

Best Animated Feature
Bolt
Kung Fu Panda
WALL-E

Best Art Direction
The Dark Knight

Best Cinematography
The Dark Knight

Best Sound Mixing
WALL-E

Best Sound Editing
WALL-E

Best Original Score
– A.R. Rahman for Slumdog Millionaire

Best Original Song
– “O Saya” – A.R. Rahman and Maya Arulpragasam (M.I.A.) for Slumdog Millionaire

Best Costume Design
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Best Documentary Feature
Man on Wire

Best Documentary Short Subject
The Witness – From the Balcony of Room 306

Best Film Editing
The Dark Knight

Best Make Up
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Best Animated Short
Presto

Best Live Action Short
Toyland (Spielzeugland)

Best Visual Effects
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Tune in on Sunday for a Live Blog-o-thon as I update you with the winners as they are announced! Fun for all.

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