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2008 Academy Award Nom Nom Nom
Stitches
mudcub

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
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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
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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
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* 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
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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
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"Bolt" (Walt Disney)
* "Kung Fu Panda" (DreamWorks Animation)
! "WALL-E" (Walt Disney)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original Score)
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"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)
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! "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
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"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
"Frost/Nixon"
"Milk"
"The Reader"
*! "Slumdog Millionaire"

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

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

Achievement in sound editing
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"The Dark Knight"
! "Iron Man"
* "Slumdog Millionaire"
"WALL-E"
"Wanted"

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

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

Adapted screenplay
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* "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
"Doubt"
"Frost/Nixon"
"The Reader"
! "Slumdog Millionaire"

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



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

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