It’s kind of an odd year for me. It was the first time in many, many years that I actually slept through the Oscar nominations. I usually watch them live, but a combination of seeing the awesome Sweeney Todd on stage, then staying up until 1 am to watch LOST, which meant taking my sleeping meds later than usual, led to me sleeping to about 10, totally forgetting that the noms were to be announced. So I had to read them online instead. So let’s get to it.
Richard Jenkins, The Visitor
Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon
Sean Penn, Milk
Brad Pitt, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Mickey Rourke,The Wrestler
Pretty much what I expected, though I was kind of thinking (hoping) Jenkins would be swapped out for Leo DiCaprio. Predicted winner? Probably Rourke, but I won’t count out Sean Penn just yet.
Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married
Angelina Jolie, Changeling
Melissa Leo, Frozen River
Meryl Streep, Doubt
Kate Winslet, The Reader
I was pretty much 5 for 5 with my predictions here, although I had Winslet for Revolutionary Road instead of The Reader, since she was being pushed for supporting in the latter. I think most were expecting Hathaway to walk away with it, but Winslet’s nom for The Reader might change things.
Best Supporting Actor
Josh Brolin, Milk
Robert Downy Jr, Tropic Thunder
Phillip Seymore Hoffman, Doubt
Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
Michael Shannon, Revolutionary Road
With Revolutionary Road basically being shut out, I wasn’t expecting Shannon to get nominated, but other than that this list looks pretty much how I expected it to look. This is also the only major category that The Dark Knight was nominated in, and with all the precursors, it does look like Ledger has it wrapped up.
Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams, Doubt
Penelope Cruz, Vicky Christina Barcelona
Viola Davis, Doubt
Taraji P. Hensen, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler
I really kind of wasn’t expecting Hensen to get in. It was a good performance, but there were better supporting performances this year. With Winslet’s Reader performance nominated for lead, this category is kind of wide open. I’m predicting Cruz, but would be pleased as punch if Adams walked away with it.
David Fincher, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Ron Howard, Frost/Nixon
Gus Van Sant, Milk
Stephen Daldry, The Reader
Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
I would really love it if this was the year of Fincher and Benjamin Button, but it really seems like Slumdog is unstoppable.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
I let the Guilds get my hopes up with their Dark Knight love, though a big part of me really isn’t surprised that it was left out. Again, Slumdog seems pretty unstoppable.
I think the biggest surprise of the year is Bruce Springsteen not being nominated for his song for The Wrestler. What the hell?