Thursday, January 22, 2009

81st Academy Awards Nominations

There are a few surprises in the nominations but one thing is fact, the movies nominated are the “same” that we have been following in this blog. Here are the nominees for some categories, all come from the official 81st Academy site, as the first news in other sites are listing different films and is getting confussing.

A few seconds ago the post appeared in the official site and you can check all the categories here or here.

Motion Picture of the Year
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Slumdog Millionaire
The Reader

Foreign Language Film of the Year
The Baader Meinhof Complex, Uli Edel, Germany
The Class, Laurent Cantet, France
Departures, Yojiro Takita, Japan
Revanche, Gotz Spielmann, Austria
Waltz With Bashir, Ari Folman, Israel

Animated Feature Film
Kung Fu Panda

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

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 River

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

Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams in Doubt
Penelope Cruz in Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Viola Davis in Doubt
Taraji P. Henson in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Marisa Tomei in The Wrestler

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

Adapted Screenplay
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire

Original Screenplay
Frozen River
In Bruges

Best Documentary Feature
Nerakhoon (The Betrayal), Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk Phrasavath
Encounters at the End of the World, Werner Herzog and Henry Kaiser
The Garden, Scott Hamilton Kennedy
Man on Wire, James Marsh and Simon Chinn
Trouble the Water, Tia Lessin and Carl Deal

I was almost sure that Milk will make it big in the Oscars and I’m truly glad it did. The films with most nominations are (of course) The Curious Case of Benjamin Button with 13 nominations and Slumdog Millionaire with 10 nominations. But most exciting is that Milk has 8 nominations as well as The Dark Knight.

In the foreign language film I’m glad to find that Departures made it, but somehow I imagine that the race will be between Waltz With Bashir and The Class (that now definitively I’ll “die” if I’m not able to see it before the awards ceremony). Hard to believe that Waltz With Bashir didn't made it to the Best Animated Film, especially when there are two slots left... hmm!

I’m truly pleased that Melissa Leo got a nomination for Frozen River, she’s really great in the role and totally deserves the honor; the same for Richard Jenkins. Most surprising is the Song category that only has three nominees, two from Slumdog Millionaire and one from WALL-E; where are the other songs from the Golden Globes???

I already review the nominations with the Academy official site and I believe that all the above are correct, so this is the final post and we only have to wait for the ceremony in about four weeks. The picture is the Official Poster.

Some figures
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 13
Slumdog Millionaire 10
The Dark Knight 8
Milk 8
Doubt 5
Frost/Nixon 5
The Reader 5
Changeling 3
Revolutionary Road 3
The Duchess 2
Frozen River 2
Iron Man 2
Wanted 2
The Wrestler 2

No comments yet