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2008 Academy Award Nom Nom Nom

The gayest friend I have warns me that these are the 2008 ACADEMY AWARD nominations. *Not* the OSCAR nominations. "Oscar" is the name of the statue, not the ceremony. It reminds me of the difference between a "soundtrack" and an "original cast recording" explained as in the movie Boys In The Band.

I've annotated which movies I think will win, and which ones I want to win. Often, they're not the same thing.

* = Want to win
! = Will win

Performance by an actor in a leading role
Richard Jenkins in "The Visitor"
Frank Langella in "Frost/Nixon"
* Sean Penn in "Milk"
Brad Pitt in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
! Mickey Rourke in "The Wrestler"

Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Josh Brolin in "Milk"
Robert Downey Jr. in "Tropic Thunder"
Philip Seymour Hoffman in "Doubt"
*! Heath Ledger in "The Dark Knight"
Michael Shannon in "Revolutionary Road"

Performance by an actress in a leading role
* Anne Hathaway in "Rachel Getting Married"
Angelina Jolie in "Changeling"
Melissa Leo in "Frozen River" 
Meryl Streep in "Doubt"
! Kate Winslet in "The Reader"

Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Amy Adams in "Doubt"
Penélope Cruz in "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" 
*! Viola Davis in "Doubt"
Taraji P. Henson in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
Marisa Tomei in "The Wrestler"

Best animated feature film of the year
"Bolt" (Walt Disney)
* "Kung Fu Panda" (DreamWorks Animation)
! "WALL-E" (Walt Disney)

Achievement in art direction
"Changeling" (Universal)
! "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (Paramount)
"The Dark Knight" (Warner Bros.) 
"The Duchess" (Paramount Vantage) 
* "Revolutionary Road" (DreamWorks)

Achievement in cinematography
"Changeling" (Universal)
! "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (Paramount)
"The Dark Knight" (Warner Bros.)
"The Reader" (The Weinstein Company)
* "Slumdog Millionaire" (Fox Searchlight)

Achievement in costume design
"Australia" (20th Century Fox)
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (Paramount) 
"The Duchess" (Paramount Vantage) 
"Milk" (Focus Features)
*! "Revolutionary Road" (DreamWorks)

Achievement in directing
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 documentary feature
"The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)"
*! "Encounters at the End of the World"
"The Garden"
*! "Man on Wire"
"Trouble the Water"

Best documentary short subject
! "The Conscience of Nhem En"
* "The Final Inch"
"Smile Pinki"
"The Witness - From the Balcony of Room 306"

Achievement in film editing
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
! "The Dark Knight"
* "Slumdog Millionaire"

Best foreign language film of the year
"The Baader Meinhof Complex" Germany
"The Class" France
"Departures" Japan
"Revanche" Austria
*! "Waltz with Bashir" Israel

Achievement in makeup
* "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
! "The Dark Knight"
"Hellboy II: The Golden Army"

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (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

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
! "Down to Earth" from "WALL-E" Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman
"Jai Ho" from "Slumdog Millionaire" A.R. Rahman
* "O Saya" from "Slumdog Millionaire" A.R. Rahman and Maya Arulpragasam

Best motion picture of the year
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
"The Reader"
*! "Slumdog Millionaire"

Best animated short film
"La Maison en Petits Cubes"
* "Lavatory - Lovestory"
! "Presto"
"This Way Up"

Best live action short film
! "Auf der Strecke (On the Line)"
"Manon on the Asphalt"
"New Boy"
* "The Pig"
"Spielzeugland (Toyland)"

Achievement in sound editing
"The Dark Knight"
! "Iron Man"
* "Slumdog Millionaire"

Achievement in sound mixing
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
! "The Dark Knight"
* "Slumdog Millionaire"

Achievement in visual effects
* "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
"The Dark Knight"
! "Iron Man"

Adapted screenplay
* "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
"The Reader"
! "Slumdog Millionaire"

Original screenplay
"Frozen River"
* "Happy-Go-Lucky"
"In Bruges"
! "Milk"

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So many movies I wanted to see, but damn it's so $$$ once u do the ticket, parking, either food before, during or after... I guess I should look into netflicks or something. But even a 52 inch tv can't compare to a movie theater screen.

Ah, but you have Blu-Ray!

LOL, this true. And I tend to buy movies (that's what I have stored in all the red boxes in my bedroom). But still so many movies that have yet to come out in blu-ray. I gotta love the movie to pay that extra cost of a blu-ray. I'm telling you, a trip to CostCo for that 52 and 37 inch combo pack of LCDs a blu-ray and digging out your stereo and it's all about the movie nights in Santa Clara :)

Yeah, but I can't fit it in my little dorm room bedroom, and Andy won't let me put anything in the shared living room!

bad landlord bad. :)
But a little tv stand on your bedroom... A few pillows and a little puppy pile of Sirs and subs and popcorn (with fake butter just like the real movies, oh and a $4 box of M&Ms) and diet pepsi, could be a fun evening.
Or on the floor of 21 Grand View Ave :)

I watch almost all movies at home. Alone. On my laptop.

Well invite people over! hell, even i would try my hand at cal-train instead of making you come pick me up.
and you know you're always welcome on my floor to watch blu-ray movies :)

I guess the big surprises were that Gran Torino didn't get any nods, and that Springsteen's song that closes The Wrestler wasn't nominated (he won the Golden Globe for it), and they didn't even fill out the category. For the same reason, surprised they didn't give Waltz with Bashir another nomination in the Best Animated Film category, but from everything I've read it stands a good chance to win its Best Foreign Film category.

Here's some interesting/fun/snarky analysis of the nominations:

Gonna go see Happy-Go-Lucky this weekend -- still playing here in its 16th week of release!

I've long argued that as wonderful as WALL-E is, Kung Fu Panda is simply a better movie. It's nice to see someone else who thinks that way!

There's also a difference between "play" and "production" -- the "play" is the script, the "production" is what most people call "a play".

i am too gay, i don't get excited till the Tony Awards are nominated :)

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