28 Dec

Penelope Cruz is among the stars of Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Projected Nominees
(1) Slumdog Millionaire (Fox Searchlight, 11/12, trailer)
(2) Milk (Focus Features, 12/5, trailer)
(3) The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Paramount, 12/19, trailer)
(4) Frost/Nixon (Universal, 12/5, trailer)
(5) Doubt (Miramax, 12/12, trailer)
Major Threats
(6) The Dark Knight, 7/18, trailer)
(7) WALL-E (Disney, 6/27, trailer)
(8) The Wrestler (Fox Searchlight, 12/31, trailer)
On the Outside
(9) Vicky Cristina Barcelona (The Weinstein Company, 8/15, trailer)
(10) Gran Torino (Warner Brothers, 12/12, trailer)
(11) Defiance (Paramount Vantage, 12/31, trailer)
(12) Rachel Getting Married (Sony Pictures Classics, 10/3, trailer)
(13) Revolutionary Road (Paramount Vantage, 12/26, trailer)
(14) The Reader (The Weinstein Company, 12/12, trailer)
(15) The Visitor (Overture, 4/18, trailer)
(16) Happy-Go-Lucky (Miramax, 10/10, trailer)

Mike Leigh (left) directed Sally Hawkins (right) in Happy-Go-Lucky

Projected Nominees
(1) Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire)
(2) Gus Van Sant (Milk)
(3) David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)
(4) Ron Howard (Frost/Nixon)
(5) Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight)
Major Threats
(6) John Patrick Shanley (Doubt)
(7) Andrew Stanton (WALL-E)
(8) Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler)
On the Outside
(9) Woody Allen (Vicky Cristina Barcelona)
(10) Clint Eastwood (Gran Torino)
(11) Edward Zwick (Defiance)
(12) Jonathan Demme (Rachel Getting Married)
(13) Sam Mendes (Revolutionary Road)
(14) Stephen Daldry (The Reader)
(15) Tom McCarthy (The Visitor)
(16) Mike Leigh (Happy-Go-Lucky)

Mickey Rourke stars as a past-his-prime wrestler forced to face the future in The Wrestler

Projected Nominees
(1) Sean Penn (Milk)
(2) Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler)
(3) Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon)
(4) Richard Jenkins (The Visitor)
(5) Clint Eastwood (Gran Torino)
Major Threats
(6) Brad Pitt (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)
(7) Leonardo DiCaprio (Revolutionary Road)
(8) Dustin Hoffman (Last Chance Harvey)
(9) Josh Brolin (W.)
On the Outside
(10) Michael Sheen (Frost/Nixon)
(11) Will Smith (Seven Pounds)
(12) Benicio Del Toro (Che)

Angelina Jolie stars as a mother whose child has gone missing in Clint Eastwood’s Changeling

Projected Nominees
(1) Meryl Streep (Doubt)
(2) Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married)
(3) Kate Winslet (Revolutionary Road)
(4) Angelina Jolie (Changeling)
(5) Melissa Leo (Frozen River)
Major Threats
(6) Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky)
(7) Cate Blanchett (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)
(8) Kristin Scott Thomas (I’ve Loved You So Long)
On the Outside
(9) Kate Beckinsale (Nothing But the Truth)
(10) Michelle Williams (Wendy and Lucy)

Robert Downey, Jr. plays a pigment-altered actor in Ben Stiller’s Tropic Thunder

Projected Nominees
(1) Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight)
(2) Philip Seymour Hoffman (Doubt)
(3) Robert Downey, Jr. (Tropic Thunder)
(4) Josh Brolin (Milk)
(5) Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire)
Major Threats
(6) Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road)
(7) James Franco (Milk)
On the Outside
(8) Alan Alda (Nothing But the Truth)
(9) Ralph Fiennes (The Reader)
(10) Emile Hirsch (Milk)
(11) Eddie Marsan (Happy-Go-Lucky)

Taraji P. Henson has already earned a SAG nod for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Projected Nominees
(1) Penelope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona)
(2) Viola Davis (Doubt)
(3) Kate Winslet (The Reader)
(4) Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)
(5) Amy Adams (Doubt)
Major Threats
(6) Marisa Tomei (The Wrestler)
(7) Rosemarie DeWitt (Rachel Getting Married)
On the Outside
(8) Debra Winger (Rachel Getting Married)
(9) Kathy Bates (Revolutionary Road)

Clayton Frohman and Edward Zwick co-adapted Nechama Tec’s Defiance

Projected Nominees
(1) Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire)
(2) Eric Roth (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)
(3) Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon)
(4) John Patrick Shanley (Doubt)
(5) Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight)
Major Threats
(6) Clayton Frohman, Edward Zwick (Defiance)
(7) Justin Haythe (Revolutionary Road)
(8) David Hare (The Reader)

Jenny Lumet wrote the family drama Rachel Getting Married

Projected Nominees
(1) Dustin Lance Black (Milk)
(2) Andrew Stanton (WALL-E)
(3) Woody Allen (Vicky Cristina Barcelona)
(4) Jenny Lumet (Rachel Getting Married)
(5) Mike Leigh (Happy-Go-Lucky)
Major Threats
(6) Tom McCarthy (The Visitor)
(7) Robert D. Siegel (The Wrestler)
(8) Nick Schenck (Gran Torino)
On the Outside
(9) Charlie Kaufman (Synechdoche, New York)

Pixar’s WALL-E is one of the year’s most commercially successful films

Projected Nominees
(1) WALL-E
(2) Kung Fu Panda
(3) Waltz with Bashir
Major Threats
(4) Bolt
(5) $9.99
(6) Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who
On the Outside
(7) The Tale of Despereaux
(8) Igor
(9) Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

The documentary Trouble the Water tells the story of a family that survived Hurricane Katrina

Projected Nominees
(1) Man on Wire
(2) Trouble the Water
(3) Standard Operating Procedure
(4) I.O.U.S.A.
(5) Pray the Devil Back to Hell
Major Threats
(6) At the Death House Door
(7) Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh
(8) The Betrayal
(9) Encounters at the End of the World
(10) Made in America
On the Outside
(11) Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts
(12) In a Dream
(13) They Killed Sister Dorothy
(14) The Garden
(15) Fuel

The Israeli film Waltz with Bashir is a rare type of documentary: one that is animated

Projected Nominees
(1) Waltz with Bashir (Israel)
(2) The Baader-Meinhof Complex (Germany)
(3) Gomorra (Italy)
(4) Captain Abu Raed (Jordan)
(5) Everlasting Moments (Sweden)
Major Threats
(6) The Class (France)
(7) Revanche (Austria)
(8) Tear This Heart Out (Mexico)
(9) Tulpan (Kazakhstan)
(10) Departures (Japan)
On the Outside
(11) Lion’s Den (Argentina)
(12) Last Stop 174 (Brazil)
(13) Three Monkeys (Turkey)
(14) The Rest Is Silence (Romania)
(15) Mermaid (Russia)
(16) The Blind Sunflowers (Spain)
(17) Jerusalema (South Africa)
(18) O’Horten (Norway)
(19) Tony Manero (Chile)

One Response

  1. Robert Hamer 28. Dec, 2008 6:51 pm #

    So I finally got around to seeing Slumdog Millionaire, and I’ve got to say, I don’t see what the big deal is. While it’s a sweet film that is admittedly visually dazzling, there was nothing sensational or powerful about it. There was nothing that made me really think after the movie was over. In fact, the ending was particularly disappointing as it seemed to be a by-the-numbers happy ending that was totally devoid of poignancy or creativity. It was just a “nice” movie that reminded me of the glory days of ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” and helped me finalize my resolve to never go to India.

    So tell me Scott, what is it I’m not getting?

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