Sunday, November 30, 2008


The Satellites strike first with their nominees.  The Golden Satellites come out of the International Press Academy and are notorious for being all over the place.  Very little stock is taken in their choices when it comes down to Oscar, but they always have really interesting choices.

Motion Picture, Drama

The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire
Revolutionary Road
Frozen River (<- Nice to see it get some love, despite a Dark Knight snub)


Thomas McCarthy, The Visitor
Ron Howard, Frost/Nixon
Gus Van Sant, Milk
Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight
Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
Stephen Daldry, The Reader

(no David Fincher, Clint Eastwood, Sam Mendes!)

Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama

Melissa Leo, Frozen River
Angelina Jolie, Changeling
Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married
Kristin Scott Thomas, I've Loved You For So Long
Meryl Streep, Doubt
Kate Winslet, The Reader

(Powerhouse lineup, much?  I like this set A LOT)

Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama

Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler
Mark Ruffalo, What Doesn't Kill You
Richard Jenkins, The Visitor
Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon
Leonardo DiCaprio, Revolutionary Road
Sean Penn, Milk

(no Brad Pitt?)

Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Tropic Thunder (gotta love this pick)
In Bruges
Choke (yikes, seriously?)

Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical

Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky
Meryl Streep, Mamma Mia!
Lisa Kudrow, Kabluey
Kat Dennings, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
Catherine Deneuve, A Christmas Tale
Debra Messing, Nothing Like the Holidays

(expect none of these to get to the Oscars.)

Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical

Ricky Gervais, Ghost Town
Sam Rockwell, Choke
Josh Brolin, W. (nice!)
Michael Cera, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
Brendan Gleeson, In Bruges
Mark Ruffalo, The Brothers Bloom

Actress in a Supporting Role

Rosemarie DeWitt, Rachel Getting Married
Penelope Cruz, Elegy
Anjelica Huston, Choke
Sophie Okonedo, The Secret Life of Bees
Emma Thompson, Brideshead Revisited
Beyonce Knowles, Cadillac Records

(this list seems beyond weak. Really?)

Actor in a Supporting Role

Michael Shannon, Revolutionary Road
Robert Downey, Jr., Tropic Thunder (he's the dude playing the dude disguised as another dude)
Rade Sherbedgia, Fugitive Pieces
James Franco, Milk
Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight (well duh)
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Doubt

Motion Picture, Foreign Language

Let the Right One In (Sweden)
The Class (France)
Sangre de mi Sangre (Argentina)
Reprise (Norway)
Gomorrah (Italy)
Caramel (Lebanon/France)

Motion Picture, Animated or Mixed Media

The Tale of Despereaux
Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!
Waltz with Bashir
The Sky Crawlers

Motion Picture, Documentary

Man on Wire (<- yay!)
Pray the Devil Back to Hell
Encounters at the End of the World
Religulous (<- boo!)
Anita O'Day - The Life of a Jazz Singer
Waltz With Bashir

Screenplay, Original

Philip Roth, Elegy
Thomas McCarthy, The Visitor
Eric Roth, Robin Swicord, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Courtney Hunt, Frozen River
Baz Luhrmann, Stuart Beattie, Ronald Harwood, Richard Flanagan, Australia
Dustin Lance Black, Milk

(I actually really like this set.  But Ben Button is ADAPTED)

Screenplay, Adapted

John Patrick Shanley, Doubt
Peter Morgan, Frost/Nixon
David Hare, The Reader
Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire
Justin Haythe, Revolutionary Road

(could end up being Oscar lineup...)

Original Score

David Arnold, Quantum of Solace
Thomas Newman, WALL-E
John Powell, Horton Hears a Who!
A.R. Rahman, Slumdog Millionaire
David Hirschfelder, Australia
Danny Elfman, Milk

Original Song

Another Way to Die, Quantum of Solace
If the World, Body of Lies
Down to Earth, WALL-E
By the Boab Tree, Australia
Jaiho, Slumdog Millionaire
The Wrestler, The Wrestler


Jess Hall, Brideshead Revisited
Gyula Pados, The Duchess
Mandy Walker, Australia
Tim Orr, Snow Angels
Tom Stern, Changeling
Claudio Miranda, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Visual Effects

Quantum of Solace
Iron Man
The Dark Knight
The Day the Earth Stood Still

Film Editing

Quantum of Solace
Iron Man
The Dark Knight
Slumdog Millionaire

Sound (Mixing & Editing)

Quantum of Solace
Iron Man
The Dark Knight
The Day the Earth Stood Still

Art Direction/Production Design

Brideshead Revisited
The Duchess
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
City of Ember
Revolutionary Road

Costume Design

The Duchess
Brideshead Revisited
Sex and the City
City of Ember
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Auteur Award

Baz Luhrmann, Australia

TOP TEN FILMS OF 2008 (alphabetical)

The Dark Knight
Frozen River
The Reader
Revolutionary Road
Slumdog Millionaire

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