Thursday, January 22, 2009

The 81st Annual Academy Award Nominations

Best Picture of the Year

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Cean Chaffin
Frost/Nixon, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Eric Fellner
Milk, Dan Jinks, Bruce Cohen
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire, Christian Colson

Best Direction

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

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

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

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

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

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

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

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

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

Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen

Courtney Hunt for Frozen River
Mike Leigh for Happy-Go-Lucky
Martin McDonagh for In Bruges
Dustin Lance Black for Milk
Andrew Stanton, Peter Docter, Jim Reardon for Wall-E

Best Screenplay Adapted from Previous Material

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

Best Animated Feature Film

Bolt, Chris Williams and Byron Howard
Kung Fu Panda, John Stevenson and Mark Osborne
Wall-E, Andrew Stanton

Best Documentary Feature Film

The Betrayal (Nerakhoom), Ellen Kuras, Thavisouk Phrasavath
Encounters at the End of the World, Werner Herzog, Henry Kaisr
The Garden, Scott Hamilton Kennedy
Man on Wire, James Marsh, Simon Chinn
Trouble the Water, Tia Lessin, Carl Deal

Best Foreign Language Feature Film

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex, Germany
The Class, France
Departures, Japan
Revange, Austria
Waltz With Bashir, Israel

Best Animated Short Film

La Maison de Petits Cubes, Kunio Kato
Lavatory - Lovestory, Konstantin Bronzit
Oktapodi, Emud Mokhberi, Thierry Marchand
Presto, Doug Sweetland
This Way Up, Alan Smith, Adam Foulkes

Best Live Action Short Film

Auf der Strecke (On the Line), Reto Caffi
Manon on the Asphalt, Elizabeth Marre, Olivier Pont
New Boy, Steph Green, Tamara Anghie
The Pig, Tivi Magnusson, Dorte Hogh
Spielzeugland (Toyland), Jochen Alexander Freydank

Best Documentary Short Film

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

Best Art Direction/Set Decoration

Changeling, James J. Murakami, Gary Fettis
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Donald Graham Burt, Victor J. Zolfo
The Dark Knight, Nathan Crowley, Peter Lando
The Duchess, Michael Carlina, Rebecca Alleway
Revolutionary Road, Kristi Zea, Debra Schutt

Best Cinematography

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

Best 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

Best Film Editing

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

Best Makeup

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

Best Original 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

Best Original Song

Wall-E, "Down to Earth"
Slumdog Millionaire, "Jai Ho"
Slumdog Millionaire, "O Saya"

Best Sound Mixing

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

Best Sound Editing

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

Best Visual Effects

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

Nominations Leaders

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - 13
Slumdog Millionaire - 10
Milk - 8
The Dark Knight - 8
Wall-E - 6
Doubt - 5
Frost/Nixon - 5
The Reader - 5
Revolutionary Road - 3
Changeling - 3

LOTS more coverage to come, including a category-by-category breakdown, once I get back from class.........

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