2008 was a great year for movies, and is reflected in this year’s Oscar nominations. Me being the film nerd that I am I decided to take the out of my day to write down my predictions.
Best Visual Effects– “The Dark Knight”
- I may be swayed being a Batman fanboy, but this movie strikes a great balance between the subtle and the overblown.
Best Art Direction– “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
- “Button” carries a bold shifting art style that makes it stand out among the competition.
Best Makeup– “Hellboy II: The Golden Army”
- In a world filled with demons and old world gods this movie does a great job of making anything seem possible.
Best Animated Short Film– “This Way Up”
- A beautifully silly movie that details the lengths that father and son undertakers will go to get the job done.
Best Live Action Short Film– I didn’t see any of the nominees…so..lets say “New Boy”
Best Sound Editing– “The Dark Knight”
Best Sound Mixing– “The Dark Knight”
Best Costume Design– “The Duchess”
- Elaborate, and colorful period costumes…what more can I say?
Best Cinematography– “Slumdog Millionaire”
Best Documentary (Short Subject)– I also didn’t see any of these…My guess: “The Final Inch”
Best Film Editing– “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Best Original Song– “Jai Ho” from “Slumdog Millionaire”
- An upbeat/pulse pounding song that basically personifies everything the movie is supposed to mean.
Best Original Score– “Slumdog Millionaire”
- Traditional Indian fare saturated with many different styles from across the world. Only movie soundtrack I bought this year.
Best Documentary Feature– “Man on Wire”
- Elegantly done. Fan favorite.
Best Adapted Screenplay– “Doubt”
- Originally a play. Transferred mediums incredibly well.
Best Original Screenplay– “In Bruges”
- Extremely well written movie that is only punctuated by the acting.
Best Animated Feature Film– “Wall-E”
- Simply beautiful.
Best Supporting Actress– Viola Davis for “Doubt”
- For an actress who had such a small role she really made a huge impact.
Best Supporting Actor– Heath Ledger for “The Dark Knight”
- No reason needed.
Best Actress– Kate Winslet for “The Reader”
- Powerful role. Powerful actress.
Best Actor– Mickey Rourke for “The Wrestler”
- The best I’ve seen Rourke in awhile.
Best Director– Danny Boyle for “Slumdog Millionaire”
- This one was a toss up, but I am a huge fan of Danny Boyle.
Best Picture– “Slumdog Millionare”
- The only good way to describe this movie is “Best Picture”
Feel free to discuss in the comments.