Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Oh, right. Those.

So I just read the Academy Award nominations are being announced tomorrow morning.

Fifteen years ago, I would have already written seven volumes of predictions, had a odds board plastered on my wall, and made plans to somehow skip first period so I could see the announcement live. Now I hear about it eight hours beforehand, woefully unprepared.

Yeah, I think this way is a bit healthier.

However, because old habits die hard (hell yes, die hard!), I find myself finding it necessary to scribble down some predictions. Call it OCD, call it nerd porn, call it "Lost"-just-ended-and-I'm-pumped-even-though-I-can't-remember-who-that-old-lady-was-but-I-am-too-excited-to-go-to-sleep. But here they are, your 2008 Oscar predictions, completely pointless because you probably won't read this until after the real ones are announced.

Remember, these are predictions, and absolutely not what I would vote for.

Best Picture
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Slumdog Millionaire

In a perfect world: The Wrestler

Best Actor
Clint Eastwood, Gran Torino
Richard Jenkins, The Visitor
Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon
Sean Penn, Milk
Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler

In a perfect world: Colin Farrell, In Bruges

Best Actress
Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married
Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky
Michelle Williams, Wendy & Lucy
Meryl Streep, Doubt
Kate Winslet, Revolutionary Road

In a perfect world: Elizabeth Banks, Zack & Miri Make A Porno

Best Supporting Actor
Josh Brolin, Milk
Robert Downey, Jr., Tropic Thunder
James Franco, Milk
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Doubt
Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight

In a perfect world: Tom Cruise, Tropic Thunder

Best Supporting Actress
Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Viola Davis, Doubt
Taraji P. Henson, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler
Kate Winslet, The Reader

In a perfect world: Freida Pinto, Slumdog Millionaire

Best Director
Darren Aronofsky, The Wrestler
Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
David Fincher, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight
Gus Van Sant, Milk

In a perfect world: Sylvester Stallone, Rambo


lu said...

The old lady sold Desmond his engagement ring.

Stanicek said...

Yeah, that was the old lady - but I don't know if a random appearance a couple of seasons ago warranted a BIG REVEAL type moment in last night's episode. I have to think most of us were all thinking what Josh was thinking when she showed up.

By the way pretty solid success rate on the predictions - except of course you forgot that the Academy generally frowns upon movies that people actually like.

Anonymous said...

Oh. My. God. I hate "Lost."

(I didn't do a very good job of staying anonymous, did I?)