Sunday, February 22, 2009

...and the Oscar goes to, I hope....

Nothing too shocking about these picks, but I wanted to get something on the record. Personal choices are in parentheses where they differ.

  • Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire (Milk/Rachel Getting Married)

  • Best Actor: Sean Penn, Milk

  • Best Actress: Kate Winslet, The Reader (Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married, Winslet Revolutionary Road)

  • Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight (James Franco, Milk)

  • Best Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona (I'm split on this one between Cruz, Rebecca Hall for the same film, and Rosemarie Dewitt for Rachel Getting Married)

  • Best Director: Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire (Jonathan Demme, Rachel Getting Married)

  • Best Screenplay: Dustin Lance Black, Milk (a deserving winner, but I also like Jenny Lumet for Rachel Getting Married)

  • Best Adapted Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire (John Patrick Shanley, Doubt, though I'm OK with Slumdog winning here)

    I won't pretend to have anything to add to what's already been said about the tech categories, but look for The Dark Knight and Benjamin Button to score here. Here's hoping for at least one surprise.
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