Jan. 22nd, 2009

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the oscar nominations popped out this morning, and there were some head-scratching surprises (where's clint?) and some delightful surprises (marisa tomei and kate winslet were both appropriately nominated, and for the right roles, and michael shannon's completely deserved nomination (which may, alas, be overlooked in the hagiographic excess attached to heath ledger)). i have indicated the films i have seen in green, and bulleted those nominations which are my favorites.
best picture
the curious case of benjamin button
  • milk
    the reader
    slumdog millionaire

    best actor
    richard jenkins, the visitor
    frank langella, frost/nixon
    sean penn, milk
    brad pitt, the curious case of benjamin button
  • mickey rourke, the wrestler

    best actress
    anne hathaway, rachel getting married
    angelina jolie, changeling
    melissa leo, frozen river
    meryl streep, doubt
  • kate winslet, the reader

    best supporting actor
    josh brolin, milk
    robert downey jr., tropic thunder
    philip seymour hoffman, doubt
    heath ledger, the dark knight
  • michael shannon, revolutionary road

    best supporting actress
    amy adams, doubt
    penelope cruz, vicky cristina barcelona
    viola davis, doubt
    taraji p. henson, the curious case of benjamin button
  • marisa tomei, the wrestler

    best director
    david fincher, the curious case of benjamin button
    ron howard, frost/nixon
  • gus van sant, milk
    stephen daldry, the reader
    danny boyle, slumdog millionaire

    best foreign film
    the baader meinhof complex, germany
    the class, france
    departures, japan
    revanche, austria
    waltz with bashir, israel.

    best animated feature film
    kung fu panda
  • fortunately, frost/nixon, bolt, and waltz with bashir are still showing locally.


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