Thursday, January 22, 2009

2009 Oscar Nominations

by Kam Williams

Headline: Benjamin Buttons Down a Baker’s Dozen Nominations

With 13 nominations, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button emerged as the early favorite in the Academy Awards race, a big surprise given that the picture was recently completely shut out at the Golden Globes. Meanwhile, Slumdog Millionaire, which did sweep the Globes, garnered the second most Oscar nominations, 10, followed by Milk and The Dark Knight at 8 apiece.
The Best Picture nominees include The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,
Slumdog Millionaire, Frost/Nixon, Milk and The Reader and the directors of these five films were nominated as well.
Most of the entrants in the acting categories are repeat nominees, including Meryl Streep, Sean Penn, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Kate Winslet, Robert Downey, Jr., Brad Pitt, Marisa Tomei, Amy Adams, Penelope Cruz and the late Heath Ledger. Beside those usual suspects, we have a number of newcomers, most notably, Richard Jenkins, Anne Hathaway, Taraji Henson, Melissa Leo and Viola Davis.
The 81st Annual Academy Awards will be hosted by Hugh Jackman and are set to air from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday, February 22nd on ABC-TV at 8 PM.


COMPLETE LIST OF OSCAR NOMINATIONS
BEST PICTURE The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Frost/Nixon
Milk
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire

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


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


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


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR|
Josh Brolin in Milk
Robert Downey Jr. in Tropic
Philip Seymour Hoffman in Doubt
Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
Michael Shannon in Revolutionary Road


BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams in Doubt
Penélope Cruz in Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Viola Davis in Doubt
Taraji P. Henson in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Marisa Tomei in The Wrestler


BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Frozen River - Written by Courtney Hunt
Happy-Go-Lucky - Written by Mike Leigh
In Bruges - Written by Martin McDonagh
Milk - Written by Dustin Lance Black
WALL-E - Screenplay by Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon, Original story by Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter


BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - Screenplay by Eric Roth, Screen story by Eric Roth and Robin Swicord
Doubt - Written by John Patrick Shanley
Frost/Nixon - Screenplay by Peter Morgan
The Reader - Screenplay by David Hare
Slumdog Millionaire - Screenplay by Simon Beaufoy


FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
The Baader Meinhof Complex - Germany
The Class - France
Departures- Japan
Revanche - Austria
Waltz with Bashir- Israel


DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
The Betrayal (Nerakhoon) - A Pandinlao Films Production, Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk Phrasavath
Encounters at the End of the World - A Creative Differences Production, Werner Herzog and Henry Kaiser
The Garden - Scott Hamilton Kennedy
Man on Wire - A Wall to Wall Production, James Marsh and Simon Chinn
Trouble the Water - An Elsewhere Films Production, Tia Lessin and Carl Deal


ANIMATED FILM
Bolt - Chris Williams and Byron Howard
Kung Fu Panda - John Stevenson and Mark Osborne
WALL-E - Andrew Stanton


ART DIRECTION
Changeling - Art Direction: James J. Murakami, Set Decoration: Gary Fettis
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - Art Direction: Donald Graham Burt, Set Decoration: Victor J. Zolfo
The Dark Knight- Art Direction: Nathan Crowley, Set Decoration: Peter Lando
The Duchess - Art Direction: Michael Carlin,
Set Decoration: Rebecca Alleway
Revolutionary Road - Art Direction: Kristi Zea, Set Decoration: Debra Schutt


CINEMATOGRAPHY
Changeling - Tom Stern
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - Claudio Miranda
The Dark Knight - Wally Pfister
The Reader - Chris Menges and Roger Deakins
Slumdog Millionaire - Anthony Dod Mantle


COSTUME DESIGN
Australia - Catherine Martin
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - Jacqueline West
The Duchess - Michael O'Connor
Milk - Danny Glicker
Revolutionary Road - Albert Wolsky


DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
The Conscience of Nhem En - Steven Okazaki
The Final Inch - Irene Taylor Brodsky and Tom Grant
Smile Pinki - Megan Mylan
The Witness: From the Balcony of Room 306- Adam Pertofsky and Margaret Hyde


FILM EDITING
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
The Dark Knight - Lee Smith
Frost/Nixon - Mike Hill and Dan Hanley
Milk - Elliot Graham
Slumdog Millionaire - Chris Dickens


MAKEUP
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - Greg Cannom
The Dark Knight - John Caglione, Jr. and Conor O'Sullivan
Hellboy II: The Golden Army - Mike Elizalde and Thom Floutz


MUSIC (SCORE)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - Alexandre Desplat
Defiance- James Newton Howard
Milk - Danny Elfman
Slumdog Millionaire - A.R. Rahman
WALL-E - Thomas Newman


MUSIC (SONG)
Down to Earth from WALL-E - Music by Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman, Lyric by Peter Gabriel
Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire - Music by A.R. Rahman, Lyric by Gulzar
O Saya from Slumdog Millionaire - Music and Lyric by A.R. Rahman andMaya Arulpragasam


SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)
La Maison en Petits Cubes - Kunio Kato
Lavatory - Lovestory - Konstantin Bronzit
Oktapodi- Emud Mokhberi and Thierry Marchand
Presto - Doug Sweetland
This Way Up - Alan Smith and Adam Foulkes


SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)
Auf der Strecke (On the Line) - Reto Caffi
Manon on the Asphalt - Elizabeth Marre and Olivier Pont
New Boy - Steph Green and Tamara Anghie
The Pig - Tivi Magnusson and Dorte Høgh
Spielzeugland (Toyland) - Jochen Alexander Freydank


SOUND EDITING
The Dark Knight - Richard King
Iron Man - Frank Eulner and Christopher Boyes
Slumdog Millionaire - Tom Sayers
WALL-E - Ben Burtt and Matthew Wood
Wanted - ,Wylie Stateman


SOUND MIXING
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Mark Weingarten
The Dark Knight - Lora Hirschberg, Gary Rizzo and Ed Novick
Slumdog Millionaire - Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke and Resul Pookutty
WALL-E - Tom Myers, Michael Semanick and Ben Burtt
Wanted - Chris Jenkins, Frank A. Montaño and Petr Forejt


VISUAL EFFECTS
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - Eric Barba, Steve Preeg, Burt Dalton and Craig Barron
The Dark Knight - Nick Davis, Chris Corbould, Tim Webber and Paul Franklin
Iron Man - John Nelson, Ben Snow, Dan Sudick and Shane Mahan

1 comment:

Varun Gupta said...

Hey u have good article or i can say news on your blog. Hey u can read my post on Movie Slumdog Millionaire. As u know this movie has already won 4 Golden Global awards and now yesterday nominated for 10 Oscar. WOW....