Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Oh, Sod (it), Crap Always Reaps

Anagrams make me different. Different gets you noticed. Why won't you notice me dammit! LOVE ME!

*ahem* Yes, it's pretty obvious what these are. (Why am I taking risks? It never pays off.)

BEST PICTURE
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button *
The Dark Knight
Frost/Nixon *
The Reader *
Slumdog Millionaire *

4/5- missed: Milk

BEST DIRECTOR
Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire *
Stephen Daldry, The Reader *
David Fincher, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button *
Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight
Gus Van Sant, Milk *

4/5- missed: Ron Howard, Frost/Nixon

BEST ACTOR
Clint Eastwood, Gran Torino
Richard Jenkins, The Visitor *
Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon *
Sean Penn, Milk *
Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler *

4/5- missed: Brad Pitt, The Curious Case...

BEST ACTRESS
Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married *
Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky
Melissa Leo, Frozen River *
Meryl Streep, Doubt *
Kate Winslet, Revolutionary Road

(This is what's known as "wishful thinking". When Angelina gets nominated, not having been nominated last year, it will be known as "sod's law".)

3(.5)/5- missed: Jolie, Changeling; and Winslet for The Reader

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

4/5- missed: Michael Shannon, Revolutionary Road

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams, Doubt *
Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona *
Viola Davis, Doubt *
Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler *
Kate Winslet, The Reader

4/5- missed: Taraji P Henson, The Curious Case...

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Woody Allen, Vicky Christina Barcelona
Dustin Lance Black, Milk *
Mike Leigh, Happy-Go-Lucky *
Jenny Lumet, Rachel Getting Married
Robert D. Siegel, The Wrestler

2/5- missed: Frozen River; In Bruges; Wall-E

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire *
David Hare, The Reader *
Justin Haythe, Revolutionary Road
Peter Morgan, Frost/Nixon *
Eric Roth, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button *

4/5- missed: Doubt

BEST FOREIGN FILM
The Baader Meinhof Complex [Germany] *
The Class [France] *
Departures [Japan] *
Everlasting Moments [Sweden]
Waltz with Bashir [Israel] *

4/5- missed: Revanche [Austria]

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
At the Death House Door
The Betrayal *
I.O.U.S.A.
Man on Wire *
Trouble the Water *

3/5- missed: Encounters at the End of the World; The Garden

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Kung Fu Panda *
Wall-E *
Waltz with Bashir

2/3- missed: Bolt

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Anthony Dod Mantle, Slumdog Millionaire *
Chris Menges & Roger Deakins, The Reader *
Claudio Miranda, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button *
Wally Pfister, The Dark Knight *
Harris Savides, Milk

4/5- missed: Tom Stern, Changeling

BEST ART DIRECTION
Donald Graham Burt, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button *
Nathan Crowley, The Dark Knight *
Bill Groom, Milk
Catherine Martin, Australia
James Murakami, Changeling *

3/5- missed: The Duchess; Revolutionary Road

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Deborah Hopper, Changeling
Michael O'Connor, The Duchess *
Sandy Powell, The Other Boleyn Girl
Jacqueline West, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button *
Albert Wolsky, Revolutionary Road *

3/5- missed: Australia; Milk

BEST EDITING
Kirk Baxter & Angus Wall, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button *
Chris Dickens, Slumdog Millionaire *
Daniel P. Hill & Mike Hill, Frost/Nixon *
Claire Simpson, The Reader
Lee Smith, The Dark Knight *

4/5- missed: Milk

BEST MAKE-UP
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button *
The Dark Knight *
The Wrestler

2/3- missed: Hellboy II

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Alexandre Desplat, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button *
Danny Elfman, Milk *
Nico Muhly, The Reader
A.H. Rahman, Slumdog Millionaire *
Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard, The Dark Knight

3/5- missed: Defiance; Wall-E

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
"Down to Earth", Wall-E *
"I Thought I Lost You", Bolt
"Jaiho", Slumdog Millionaire *
"Once in a Lifetime", Cadillac Records
"The Wrestler", The Wrestler

2/3- missed: "O Saya", Slumdog

BEST SOUND MIXING
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button *
The Dark Knight *
Iron Man
Slumdog Millionaire *
Wall-E *

4/5- missed: Wanted

BEST SOUND EFFECTS EDITING
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight *
Iron Man *
Quantum of Solace
Wall-E *

3/5- missed: Slumdog; Wanted

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button *
The Dark Knight *
Iron Man *

So this means (based on predictions)... The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (12); The Dark Knight (11); Slumdog Millionaire (9); Milk (7); The Reader (7); The Wrestler (5); Doubt (4); Frost/Nixon (4); Wall-E (4); Iron Man (3); Revolutionary Road (3); Changeling (2); Happy-Go-Lucky (2); Rachel Getting Married (2); Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2); Waltz with Bashir (2)

And all with (1): Australia; Bolt; Cadillac Records; The Duchess; Frozen River; Gran Torino; Kung Fu Panda; The Other Boleyn Girl; Quantum of Solace; Tropic Thunder; The Visitor

No room at the inn for... (0): Burn After Reading; Che; Elegy; Indiana Jones; In Bruges; I've Loved You So Long; Synecdoche, New York; W.; Wendy and Lucy

3 comments:

Cal said...

You should start doing cryptic clues for crosswords.

I agree with your acting predictions except for Melissa Leo. If Brad and Ange both get snubbed I think hell may freeze over at E! News.

Dave said...

That's a good idea. Well, if nothing else, a back-up career idea.

I fully except Jolie to get nominated. But I don't like those success averages to be too high, really. Makes me look too good.

J.D. said...

I love you. :)

Also, YAY The Reader. If only, man.