OSCAR noms and commentary

Courtesy of sxc.hu

Courtesy of sxc.hu

For a complete list of Oscar nominations, you can visit the Oscars’ Web site. The awards are set to take place at Hollywood’s Kodak Theater with host, Hugh Jackman.

I have to say, I am excited for these. One of my goals in to try to see at least most of the movies before Feb. 22, 2009, so I can make informed predictions and not decisions based on prejudice because I’ve only seen a few of them. You know?

“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” is honored with 13 nominations this year including achievement in art direction and Brad Pitt’s performance as an actor in a leading role. Heath Ledger (RIP) also is nominated for an Oscar for his performance as an actor in a supporting role. Let’s see if he can land another award.

Another big contender includes “Slumdog Millionaire,” which took home four Golden Globes including Best Motion Picture – Drama. “Slumdog” is nominated for 10 Oscars, just three shy of “Benjamin Button.” Falling just short of “Slumdog” is “The Dark Knight” and “Milk” with eight Oscars noms each. Bringing up the rear of the nominations includes “Frost/Nixon,” “Doubt” and “The Reader” with five nominations each. “WALL-E” was the only animated film to get more than one nomination, with six.

Some movies that I was surprised to see on the list of noms were “Hellboy 2: The Golden Army,” “Wanted,” “Happy Go Lucky” and “In Bruges.” “Iron Man” and “Wanted” received two nominations each, the rest receiving one. I guess “Slumdog” and “Benjamin Button” can’t win them all. Haha

So, I’m expecting “Slumdog” and “Button” to go home with a lot of awards, but I wouldn’t be surprised if “Milk” and “Frost/Nixon” steal the show. “WALL-E” will most likely dominate the animated films, and quite frankly…it should. I don’t watch much television, besides the news, so I don’t have an educated guess on those or the short films. So, I guess we’ll see what happened in February. STAY tuned!!

– Alex –

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