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Oscar nominations Thursday–my predictions today

Here we go!

BEST PICTURE:

“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”

“The Dark Knight”

“Frost/Nixon”

“Milk”

“Slumdog Millionaire”

(Does “Wall-E” have the momentum to crack the Top Five? Probably not, as voters know they can nominate it for Best Animated Feature, where it will win in a landslide over “Bolt” and “Kung Fu Panda.” Or “Space Chimps.” Just kidding about the chimps.)

 

BEST ACTRESS:

Anne Hathaway, “Rachel Getting Married”

Sally Hawkins, “Happy Go Lucky”

Melissa Leo, “Frozen River”

Meryl Streep, “Doubt”

Kate Winslet, “Revolutionary Road”

(I’m still holding out hope for Kristin Scott-Thomas in “I’ve Loved You So Long.” This was my favorite performance by any actress this year. But she seems to be falling off the radar.)

 

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 deserves a nod, but I’m afraid not enough Academy voters found the time or interest to spin their screener of “The Visitor.”)

 

BEST DIRECTOR:

Danny Boyle, “Slumdog Millionaire”

David Fincher, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”

Ron Howard, “Frost/Nixon”

Christopher Nolan, “The Dark Knight”

Gus Van Sant, “Milk”

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:

Josh Brolin, “Milk”

Robert Downey Jr., “Tropic Thunder”

Philip Seymour Hoffman, “Doubt”

Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight”

Dev Patel, “Slumdog Millionaire”

(Darkhorse candidate: Michael Shannon, “Revolutionary Road”)

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

Penelope Cruz, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”

Viola Davis, “Doubt”

Taraji P. Henson, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”

Marisa Tomei, “The Wrestler”

Kate Winslet, “The Reader”

(Winslet’s character disappears for a good period of of time–but it’s still a lead performance. The sixth contender here is Amy Adams for “Doubt.”)

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:

Woody Allen, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”

Dustin Lance Black, “Milk”

Jenny Lumet, “Rachel Getting Married”

Robert D. Siegel, “The Wrestler”

Andrew Stanton and Jim Reardon, “Wall-E”

 

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:

Simon Beaufoy, “Slumdog Millionaire”

David Hare, “The Reader”

Peter Morgan, “Frost/Nixon”

Eric Roth, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”

John Patrick Shanley, “Doubt’

(The Nolan brothers might get a nod for “The Dark Knight.” Dominant theory on the Internet: Eric Roth plugged in his “Forrest Gump” screenplay to his “Benjamin Button” script. There are myriad mirror elements in the two stories.)

 
 
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