Monday, January 12, 2009

My Oscar Ballot: Movie Year 2008

The Oscar nominations polls close at 5 p.m. PST today. Below are my choices for nominations in the 81sh Annual Academy Awards. I've limited them to the "big" categories, but I've added a few choices among the rest. The nominations will be announced 5:30 a.m. PST on Thursday, January 22nd.

Best Picture:
In Bruges
My Winnipeg
Synecdoche, New York

Best Director:
Darren Aronofsky for The Wrestler
Ron Howard for Frost/Nixon
Charlie Kaufman for Synecdoche, New York
Guy Maddin for My Winnipeg
Martin McDonagh for In Bruges

Best Actor:
Brendan Gleeson in In Bruges
Frank Langella in Frost/Nixon
Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler
Michael Sheen in Frost/Nixon
Jean-Claude Van Damme in JCVD

Best Actress:
Kristen Bell in Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Anne Hathaway in Rachel Getting Married
Sally Hawkins in Happy-Go-Lucky
Anjelina Jolie in Wanted
Kate Winslet in Revolutionary Road

Best Supporting Actor:
Mathieu Amalric in A Christmas Tale
James Cromwell in W.
Ralph Fiennes in In Bruges
Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
Eddie Marsan in Happy-Go-Lucky

Best Supporting Actress:
Penelope Cruz in Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Rosemarie DeWitt in Rachel Getting Married
Ann Savage in My Winnipeg
Marisa Tomei in The Wrestler
Debra Winger in Rachel Getting Married

Best Original Screenplay:
Woody Allen for Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Charlie Kaufman for Synecdoche, New York
Guy Maddin and George Toles for My Winnipeg
Bill Maher for Religulous
Martin McDonagh for In Bruges

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Andrew Adamson, Christopher Markus, and Stephen McFeeley for The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
Simon Beaufoy for Slumdog Millionaire
Peter Morgan for Frost/Nixon
Melissa Rosenberg for Twilight
Eric Roth, Robin Swicord (screen story) for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Also Noteworthy:
Cloverfield (Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Best Visual Effects)
The Dark Knight (Best Cinematography, Best Make-Up)
Frost/Nixon (Best Editing)
Hancock (Best Visual Effects)
Iron Man (Best Visual Effects, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration)
My Winnipeg (Best Documentary)
Slumdog Millionaire (Best Score, Best Cinematography)
Synecdoche, New York (Best Art Direction-Set Decoration)
The Wrestler (Best Art Direction-Set Decoration)

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