The Oscar Nominations are announced.
Here is the full list
and some commentary: Oscar Nomination Talking Points
The Curiouse Case of Benjamin Button
Once again the Academy proves that they're only interested in late year Holiday pictures. We got two Thanksgiving pictures and three Christmas films. This sends such a depressing sign to studios to keep on ghettoizing adult pitched movies to the last month of the year. I wonder how close The Dark Knight and WALL•E summer blockbusters beloved by both audiences and critics got to this list?
David Boyle -Slumdog Millionaire
David Fincher -The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Ron Howard -Frost/Nixon
Gus Van Sant -Milk
Stephen Daldry -The Reader
Stephen Daldry is batting 1000. He has only made three films and he's been nominated for every single one of them. The other were Billy Elliott and The Hours.
Anne Hathaway -Rachel Getting Married
Angelina Jolie -Changeling
Melissa Leo -Frozen River
Meryl Streep -Doubt
Kate Winslet -The Reader
We knew something had to give here and it was the early critical leaders Kristin Scott Thomas (I've Loved You So Long) and Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky). Thank you to the Academy for rejecting Winslet's category fraud.
Richard Jenkins -The Visitor
Frank Langella -Frost/Nixon
Sean Penn -Milk
Brad Pitt -The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Mickey Rourke -The Wrestler
full list of nominees & my prediction accuracy (or not) here
Oscar Nomination Talking Points