Thursday, January 22, 2009

Oscar Nominations 2009

Below are the films which received the highest number of nominations and the categories in which they were nominated. Note that The Dark Knight got 8 nominations without making headway into any of the major categories. And no, Ledger's pity Oscar doesn't count. 

Meanwhile WALL-E got screwed over by the "Best Animated Feature Film" category.  Also, what's up with Doubt... four performances nominated and a screenplay nod. When everyone in the movie is getting a nomination for Best Actor/Actress isn't that the definition of great direction? I'm usually all about Oscar but this is the most predictable pack of "meh" yet. With Hugh Jackman hosting this year... I may just be over it. 

"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," a Kennedy/Marshall Production (Paramount and Warner Bros.) (13 nominations)
Brad Pitt - Performance by an actor in a leading role
Taraji P. Henson - Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Art direction
Cinematography
Costume design
Directing
Film editing
Makeup
Original score
Best picture
Sound mixing
Visual effects
Adapted screenplay

"Slumdog Millionaire," a Celador Films Production (Fox Searchlight) (10 nominations)
Cinematography
Directing
Film editing
Original score
Original song - "Jai Ho"
Original song - "O Saya"
Best picture
Sound editing
Sound mixing
Adapted screenplay

The rest, including the horribly overlooked The Dark Knight and WALL-E, after the jump!


"The Dark Knight," a Cape Road Limited Production (Warner Bros.) (8 nominations)
Heath Ledger - Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Art direction
Cinematography
Film editing
Makeup
Sound editing
Sound mixing
Visual effects

"Milk," a Groundswell and Jinks/Cohen Company Production (Focus Features) (8 nominations)
Sean Penn - Performance by an actor in a leading role
Josh Brolin - Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Costume design
Directing
Film editing
Original score
Best picture
Original screenplay

"WALL-E," a Pixar Animation Studios Production (Walt Disney) (6 nominations)
Best animated feature film
Original score
Original song - "Down to Earth"
Sound editing
Sound mixing
Original screenplay

"Doubt," a Scott Rudin Production (Miramax) (5 nominations)
Philip Seymour Hoffman - Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Meryl Streep - Performance by an actress in a leading role
Amy Adams - Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Viola Davis - Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Adapted screenplay

"Frost/Nixon," a Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment and Working Title Production (Universal) (5 nominations)
Frank Langella - Performance by an actor in a leading role
Directing
Film editing
Best picture
Adapted screenplay

"The Reader," a Mirage Enterprises and Neunte Babelsberg Film GmbH Production (The Weinstein Company) (5 nominations)
Kate Winslet - Performance by an actress in a leading role
Cinematography
Directing
Best picture
Adapted screenplay

1 comment:

Jonathan said...

Having seen Doubt on stage and screen, I have to say...no, no greatness in the direction there. None whatsoever. It sucked. The performances and a script lifted directly verbatim from a Pulitzer-winning play were all that was going on there.