2009 Oscar nominations (with my favorites and predictions)

I have seen all of the nominated films on this list, except those indicated. This year's Oscar nominations (in the major categories I follow most):

Best Original Screenplay

Dustin Lance Black, Milk
Courtney Hunt, Frozen River
Mike Leigh, Happy-Go-Lucky
Martin McDonagh, In Bruges
Andrew Stanton & Pete Docter & Jim Reardon, WALL*E

I have only seen Milk and WALL*E in this category.

My favorite: Dustin Lance Black, Milk
My prediction: Dustin Lance Black, Milk

Best Adapted Screenplay

Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire
David Hare, The Reader
Peter Morgan, Frost/Nixon
Eric Roth and Robin Swicord, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
John Patrick Shanley, Doubt

My favorite: Peter Morgan, Frost/Nixon
My prediction: Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire

Best Actress

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

I have not seen Frozen River in this category.

My favorite: Angelina Jolie, Changeling
My prediction: Kate Winslet, The Reader

Best Actor

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

I have not seen The Visitor in this category.

My favorite: Sean Penn, Milk--though it would be Langella if this were the Supporting category
My prediction: Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler

Best Supporting Actress

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

My favorite: Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
My prediction: Viola Davis, Doubt

Best Supporting Actor

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

My favorite: Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
My prediction: Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight

Best Director

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

My favorite: Ron Howard, Frost/Nixon
My prediction: Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire

Best Animated Film

Kung Fu Panda

My favorite: Kung Fu Panda
My prediction: WALL*E

Best Picture

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire

My favorite: Frost/Nixon
My prediction: Slumdog Millionaire

This is kind of a rare year where I think I'm going to be happy with the winners, even if they're not my favorites. But Benjamin Button? Every year, Oscar chooses one film to celebrate the most execrable of its bad taste, and this year, that's it. If they'd wanted to seem credible, they should have nominated Cate Blanchett, though Henson's nomination and a few others are pretty solid....And Michael Sheen as David Frost blows away Pitt as Mr. Button any day of the week.

The Oscars will air Sunday, Feb. 22 at 5 p.m. Pacific time on ABC.

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