space
space
head
head head head
Home Contact RSS Feed
COMICS   •   MOVIES   •   MUSIC   •   TELEVISION   •   GAMES   •   BOOKS
Oscar Nominations Announced; Heath Ledger Gets His, Best Picture Fails
space
The Movie God   |  @   |  
space

Oscars

After much-anticipation, the nominees for 81st Academy Awards were announced today. For the most part, the list doesn’t really shine; some categories are as expected, some include surprises, and some just don’t make any sense at all.

First of all, the bright spot. After many, many months of wonder, debates, and arguments — Heath Ledger was indeed given his much-deserved Oscar nomination. Whether he’ll actually win or not is yet to be seen — he does have some very strong competition — but now that he has received the nomination, it would really be a perfect and poetic ending to an extremely sad story.

On the more negative side: the Best Picture category. Keep in mind that I haven’t seen any of these movies, so my opinions are strictly based on what I’ve heard about the various films that were thought to be in contention for a Best Picture nomination. Considering what I’ve heard, one can’t help but think that this year’s five is a little… boring. From what I’ve gathered, there were definitely other movies that could have replaced multiple nominees, so why did they not?

Continue reading for more, as well as the complete list of nominees.

The two movies in particular that have me scratching my head are Frost/Nixon and The Reader. Again, I haven’t seen these or the other movies, so they may be worthy of their spots, but it’s hard to see. When I first saw footage for Frost/Nixon, it looked like an extremely boring CNN special and I’m quite sure I may have nodded off just during the trailer. Is this movie really worthy of Best Picture, or does the Academy just nominate anything Ron Howard makes these days? On the same level, The Reader also looked incredibly boring, so why is it there? I know these movies have been nominated many times in other awards organizations, but this is the top dog here, things need to be perfectly chosen (not that they ever have been before) on this stage.

From what I’m lead to believe, movies like The Wrestler, Revolutionary Road, Doubt, and even Wall-E could have been nominated, and should be there over at least those two. Some people could surely make cases for those movies over even The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Milk as well. The very positive element here is of course, Slumdog Millionaire, which has been tearing its way through awards ceremonies and is easily this year’s dark horse and favorite among the bunch.

Instead of going silly on you and offering my useless positive and negative opinions on the rest of the categories, I’ll just leave it at those two points and move on to the rest of the nominees!

Oh, wait… ONE more thing. Where the shit is Bruce Springsteen!?

BEST PICTURE:

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Milk
Slumdog Millionaire
The Reader
Frost/Nixon

BEST DIRECTOR:

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

BEST ACTOR:

– Sean Penn, Milk
– Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon
– Brad Pitt, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
– Richard Jenkins, The Visitor
– Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler

BEST ACTRESS:

– Kate Winslet, The Reader
– Melissa Leo, Frozen River
– Angelina Jolie, Changeling
– Meryl Streep, Doubt
– Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:

– Philip Seymour Hoffman, Doubt
– Josh Brolin, Milk
– Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
– Michael Shannon, Revolutionary Road
– Robert Downey Jr., Tropic Thunder

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

– Viola Davis, Doubt
– Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler
– Taraji P. Henson, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
– Amy Adams, Doubt
– Penélope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:

Happy-Go-Lucky
Frozen River
Wall-E
Milk
In Bruges

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:

The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Frost/Nixon
Doubt

BEST ORIGINAL SONG:

– Peter Gabriel/Thomas Newman — Down to Earth, Wall-E
– A.R. Rahman/Maya Arulpragasam — O Saya, Slumdog Millionaire
– A.R. Rahman/Gulzar — Jai Ho, Slumdog Millionaire

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE:

– James Newton Howard, Defiance
– Alexandre Duplat, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
– Thomas Newman, Wall-E
– A.R. Rahman, Slumdog Millionaire
– Danny Elfman, Milk

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE:

Bolt
Wall-E
Kung Fu Panda

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:

Departures
The Class
The Baader Meinhof Complex
Waltz With Bashir
Revanche

BEST ART DIRECTION:

The Duchess
The Dark Knight
Changeling
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Revolutionary Road

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:

The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire
Changeling
The Dark Knight
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

BEST COSTUME DESIGN:

Australia
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Revolutionary Road
Milk
The Duchess

BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY:

Encounters at the End of the World
Man on a Wire
The Betrayal
Trouble the Water
The Garden

BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY:

The Final Inch
The Conscience of Nhem En
Smile Pinki
The Witness – From the Balcony of Room 306

BEST EDITING:

Frost/Nixon
Milk
The Dark Knight
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Slumdog Millionaire

BEST MAKEUP:

Hellboy II: The Golden Army
The Dark Knight
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

BEST ANIMATED SHORT:

Oktapodi
Presto
La Maison en Petits Cubes
This Way Up
Lavatory — Lovestory

BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT:

Manon on the Asphalt
The Pig
New Boy
Auf der Strecke (On the Line)
Spielzeugland (Toyland)

BEST SOUND EDITING:

Iron Man
Slumdog Millionaire
Wanted
Wall-E
The Dark Knight

BEST SOUND MIXING:

Wall-E
Slumdog Millionaire
Wanted
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS:

The Dark Knight
Iron Man
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The 81st Academy Awards will air on February 22, 2009.

space
Topics: Movies, News
space
Previous Article
space
Next Article
«
»
space
space
space
Geeks of Doom on Instagram Follow Geeks of Doom on Tumblr space
Geeks of Doom on YouTube Geeks of Doom on Pinterest
Geeks of Doom Email Digest Geeks of Doom RSS Feed space
space
Amazon.com
space
space
space
space
space
space
The Drill Down Podcast TARDISblend Podcast Westworld Podcast
space
2520 Clothing Company
space
2019  ·   2018  ·   2017  ·   2016  ·   2015  ·   2014  ·   2013  ·   2012  ·   2011  ·   2010  ·   2009  ·   2008  ·   2007  ·   2006  ·   2005
space
Geeks of Doom is proudly powered by WordPress.

Students of the Unusual™ comic cover used with permission of 3BoysProductions
The Mercuri Bros.™ comic cover used with permission of Prodigal Son Press

Geeks of Doom is designed and maintained by our geeky webmaster
All original content copyright ©2005-2018 Geeks of Doom
All external content copyright of its respective owner, except where noted
space
Creative Commons License
This website is licensed under
a Creative Commons License.
space
About | Privacy Policy | Contact
space