Are the Oscar’s that Much of a Surprise?

January 30, 2009

The crap-tacular movies shoved down America’s kisser for January have already come and gone and the Academy Awards for the past year are just around the corner. The nominations weren’t that much of a surprise, but there were those few surprises and snubs…Don’t worry, I’m not afraid to go there and give it to those Academy bitches. Enjoy!

Best Motion Picture of the Year
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Frost/Nixon
Milk
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire
Dev Patel & Freida Pinto in 'Slumdog Millionaire'

Dev Patel & Freida Pinto in 'Slumdog Millionaire'

The Best Picture race is not all that unusual…the intense drama flicks and political movies raid the category. It is really not that hard to predict that Slumdog Millionaire will win. They have won everything and they are the total underdogs! The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a very strange movie, it’s not the typical drama that get’s nominated and the Academy likes different. Frost/Nixon and Milk are both very strong political movies and The Reader involves Nazi’s…so, of course they will get nominated. All the other movies are great, but Slumdog Millionaire came from the bottom and rose to the top.

To read about my predictions for actors and actresses click the button … now! Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Richard Jenkins – The Visitor
Frank Langella – Frost/Nixon
Sean Penn – Milk
Brad Pitt – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Mickey Rourke – The Wrestler
Frank Langella in 'Frost/Nixon'

Frank Langella in 'Frost/Nixon'

I thought Mickey Rourke would be the lock to win in The Wrestler, however, after Sean Penn’s numerous wins at critic’s awards and the Screen Actor’s Guild he may take the prize. I still think Rourke’s comeback story is big enough to ensure his win, but Penn literally became Harvey Milk in that movie and it was amazing. It is always a surprise to see an actor get nominated from a film that was released early in the year, but Richard Jenkins was a strong lead in The Visitor. Frank Langella’s performance as Richard Nixon in Frost/Nixon was widely acclaimed, but I just cannot see him winning this year. Brad Pitt’s nomination is a bit annoying…I mean, he’s awesome, but his star power overpowers his performance…and Dev Patel from Slumdog Millionaire should have been nominated for brining an indie-flick into the spotlight. So, here are my top three picks…

#1. Mickey Rourke          #2. Sean Penn          #3. Frank Langella

Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Josh Brolin – Milk
Robert Downey, Jr. – Tropic Thunder
Philip Seymour Hoffman – Doubt
Heath Ledger – The Dark Knight
Michael Shannon – Revolutionary Road
Heath Ledger in 'The Dark Knight'

Heath Ledger in 'The Dark Knight'

There is no doubt in my mind that Heath Ledger will win for her terrifying performance as The Joker in The Dark Knight. I know that some people say the Academy will look at the movie as a comic-book flick, but he changed a memorable character into something intense and down-right scary…that’s just good fucking acting! Robert Downey, Jr. was funny-as-fuck in Tropic Thunder, but is that the role that’s going to win him an Oscar…I think not. Philip Seymour Hoffman can get nominated for shit…ahem, Charlie Wilson’s War…plus, he’s actually a good actor, so there is no problem with him getting nominated. Josh Brolin actually made me feel sorry for him in Milk…it was hard to watch his character spiral out of control…and a great achievement since he portrayed a killer. Michael Shannon’s nomination is his award for Revolutionary Road and I honestly feel that spot should have gone to Emile Hirsch or James Franco for their roles in Milk. Whatever…here are my top three picks…

#1. Heath Ledger        #2. Robert Downey, Jr.         #3. Josh Brolin

Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Anne Hathaway – Rachel Getting Married
Angelina Jolie- Changeling
Melissa Leo – Frozen River
Kate Winslet – The Reader
Meryl Streep- Doubt
Kate Winslet in 'The Reader'

Kate Winslet in 'The Reader'

Of course, I am thrilled for Anne Hathaway’s nomination…during the Brokeback Mountain craze, she was sadly overlooked…this may be the Academy’s way of making up for their loss of nomination in 2005. It is shocking that Kate Winslet was nominated for The Reader in this category and not for Revolutionary Road, but the Oscar’s are known to sway in a different direction than the other award shows. Personally, I believe she should have been double-nominated…I mean, Cate Blanchett got that honor last year and the second Elizabeth movie wasn’t her greatest…but Winslet has been fucked by the Academy before, so it is not that big of a shocker. Meryl Streep, who got nominated for Doubt, is one of the greatest actresses today and I have no problem with her getting nominated every single year, but Angelina Jolie’s nomination is a bit of a joke. Don’t get me wrong, I love Jolie…I think she’s a powerhouse…but, isn’t she just a bit overplayed? What the fuck happened to Sally Hawkins and her role in Happy-Go-Lucky? It just seems the funny ladies never get a chance at the Oscar’s. I haven’t seen Melissa Leo’s role in Frozen River, but I like it when the Academy throws in an actress not known by most of the movie-going public. So, here are my top three picks…

#1. Kate Winslet          #2. Meryl Streep         #3. Anne Hathaway

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams – Doubt
Penelope Cruz – Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Viola Davis – Doubt
Taraji P. Henson – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Marisa Tomei – The Wrestler

Penelope Cruz in 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona'

Penelope Cruz in 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona'

I really do not know what to think with these nominations…with Kate Winslet’s dismissal from Best Supporting Actress, I would have to say that the win is between Penelope Cruz in Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Taraji P. Henson in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Cruz is a bit more likely to win because of her status in the entertainment industry and the fact she did not win for Volver. Henson shined as the adoptive mother of Brad Pitt’s character and her performance turned that movie into something amazing. Amy Adams and Viola Davis both got nominated for their roles in Doubt, but Meryl Streep is the winner for that movie and Marisa Tomei already has an Oscar for My Cousin Vinny. Though her role in The Wrestler was more Oscar-worthy, she may be the dark horse in this race. So, here are my top three picks…Oh! Freida Pinto from Slumdog Millionaire could have rocked this category, bitches!

#1. Penelope Cruz          #2. Taraji P. Henson          #3. Marisa Tomei

Well…let’s see if I got anything right when the 51st Academy Awards air on Feb. 22. Sorry, I just don’t have the patience to predict the other categories…

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