Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Completely Unnecessary Predictions on the Eve of the Oscar Nominations

I was asked earlier today if I was bored with this year's Oscar race and, for the first time since I started following it back in 2003, I had to admit that this year was boring the crap out of me. Most of the films and performances that I've seen that are the major contenders just haven't done anything for me. That's why I haven't talked about any race at all, offered my dumb two-cents about certain actor's chances, or updated my predictions since October. Now that the nominations are being read off tomorrow, I decided that I'll just suck it up and offer these half-assed opinions. Here we ago....

My ratings in bold (Films receive letter grades while performances are out of five stars)

Best Picture
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button C+
The Dark Knight
Frost/Nixon D+
Milk B+
Slumdog Millionaire D+

Alternate: WALL-E
Oprah is Good to Me if They Go With: The Wrestler
No Chance in Hell:
In Bruges

Best Director
Darren Aronofsky, The Wrestler A-
Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
David Fincher, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight
Gus Van Sant, Milk

Ron Howard, Frost/Nixon
Oprah is Good to Me if They Go With:
Andrew Stanton, WALL-E
No Chance in Hell:
Joachim Trier, Reprise (Martin McDonagh, In Bruges if you go by eligibility standards)

Best Actor
Clint Eastwood, Gran Torino
Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon **
Sean Penn, Milk ****
Brad Pitt, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button *
Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler *****

Richard Jenkins, The Visitor
Oprah is Good to Me if They Go With:
Colin Farrell, In Bruges
No Chance in Hell:
Josh Brolin, W.

Best Actress

Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married
Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky ****
Angelina Jolie, Changeling
Meryl Streep, Doubt ****
Kate Winslet, Revolutionary Road ***

Alternate: Melissa Leo, Frozen River
Oprah is Good to Me if They Go With:
Nicole Kidman, Australia
No Chance in Hell:
Brittany Snow, Finding Amanda

Best Supporting Actor

Josh Brolin, Milk ****
Robert Downey, Jr., Tropic Thunder *****
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Doubt ***
Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight *****
Dev Patel, Slumdog Millionaire **

Alternate: James Franco, Milk
Oprah is Good to Me if They Go With:
Michael Shannon, Revolutionary Road
No Chance in Hell:
Brad Pitt, Burn After Reading

Best Supporting Actress
Penélope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona *****
Viola Davis, Doubt ***
Taraji P. Henson, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button **
Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler *****
Kate Winslet, The Reader

Alternate: Amy Adams, Doubt
Oprah is Good to Me if They Go With: Ashley Tisdale, High School Musical 3: Senior Year
No Chance in Hell: Hiam Abbass, The Visitor

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