Predictions for the 81st Academy Awards

It’s Oscar Night and here are my wild predictions for the winners, ranked from winner to runners-up in descending order:

EDIT:  Actual winners in red.

Performance by an actor in a leading role

The Wrestler – Mickey Rourke

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

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

Tropic Thunder – Robert Downey, Jr.

Doubt – Philip Seymour Hoffman
The Dark Knight – Heath Ledger
Revolutionary Road – Michael Shannon
Milk – Josh Brolin


Performance by an actress in a leading role

Doubt – Meryl Streep

The Reader – Kate Winslet
Rachel Getting Married – Anne Hathaway
Frozen River – Melissa Leo
Changeling – Angelina Jolie

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

Vicky Cristina Barcelona – Penélope Cruz

Doubt – Amy Adams
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Taraji P. Henson
Doubt – Viola Davis
The Wrestler – Marisa Tomei

Best animated feature film of the year

WALL-E

Kung Fu Panda
Bolt

Achievement in art direction

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Duchess
Changeling
The Dark Knight
Revolutionary Road

Achievement in cinematography

Slumdog Millionaire

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Reader
Changeling
The Dark Knight

Achievement in costume design

The Duchess

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Milk
Revolutionary Road
Australia

Achievement in directing

Slumdog Millionaire – Danny Boyle

Milk – Gus Van Sant
The Reader – Stephen Daldry
Frost/Nixon – Ron Howard
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – David Fincher

Achievement in film editing

Slumdog Millionaire

Milk
The Dark Knight
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Frost/Nixon

Achievement in makeup

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Hellboy II:  The Golden Army
The Dark Knight

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

Slumdog Millionaire

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Milk
WALL-E
Defiance

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

Slumdog Millionaire – Jai Ho

Slumdog Millionaire – O Saya
WALL-E – Down to Earth


Best motion picture of the year

Slumdog Millionaire

Milk
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Reader
Frost/Nixon

Achievement in sound editing

Slumdog Millionaire

The Dark Knight
Iron Man
Wanted
WALL-E

Achievement in sound mixing

Slumdog Millionaire

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Wanted
WALL-E

Achievement in visual effects

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Iron Man
The Dark Knight

Adapted screenplay

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Screenplay by Eric Roth  Screen story by Eric Roth

Doubt – Written by John Patrick Shanley
Slumdog Millionaire – Screenplay by Simon Beaufoy
The Reader – Screenplay by David Hare
Frost/Nixon – Screenplay by Peter Morgan

Original screenplay

In Bruges – Written by Martin McDonagh

Frozen River – Written by Courtney Hunt
Milk – Written by Dustin Lance Black
Happy-Go-Lucky – Written by Mike Leigh
WALL-E – Screenplay by Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon  Original story by Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter

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4 Responses to “Predictions for the 81st Academy Awards”

  1. herculesrob Says:

    That’s quite bold of you to take Robert Downey Jr. over Heath Ledger.

  2. doublethinkgeek Says:

    It was worth a try, at least.

  3. roblayton.net Says:

    Slumdog Millionaire predictions were pretty much spot on. Makes sense. Music was definitely memorable.

  4. doublethinkgeek Says:

    The win for Jai Ho was absolutely well-deserved.

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