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Thanks to Philip Martin for a shout-out in his Friday MovieStyle column. I haven't posted my Netflix queue in a while, so here it is.Frozen River; Miracle at St. Anna; Hellboy II: The Golden Army; Happy-Go-Lucky; and Cadillac Records - - all 2008 releases that I missed.
Against my predictions. Best Picture: “Slumdog Millionaire” Best Director: Danny Boyle, “Slumdog Millionaire” Best Actor: Mickey Rourke, “The Wrestler” Sean Penn, "Milk" Best Actress: Kate Winslet, “The Reader” Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight” Best Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” Best Adapted Screenplay: “Slumdog Millionaire” Best Original Screenplay: “Milk” Best Art Direction: “The Dark Knight” "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" Best Cinematography: “Slumdog Millionaire” Best Costume Design: “The Duchess” Best Film Editing: “Slumdog Millionaire” Best Makeup: “The Dark Knight” "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" Best Music (Original Score): “Slumdog Millionaire” Best Music (Original Song): “WALL-E” "Jai Ho" from "Slumdog Millionaire" Best Sound Editing: “Slumdog Millionaire” "The Dark Knight" Best Sound Mixing: “WALL-E” "Slumdog Millionaire" Best Visual Effects: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” Best Animated Feature Film: “WALL-E” Best Foreign Language Film: “The Class” "Departures" (Japan) Best Short Film (Animated): “Presto” La Maison en Petits Cubes Best Short Film (Live Action): “Toyland” Best Documentary Feature: “Man on Wire” Best Documentary Short: “The Conscience of Nhem En” "Smile Pinki"Overall: 15/24.
A sampling of my predictions appear in today's Arkansas Democrat Gazette. For a complete listing of all of my picks, visit InContention.com. Over the weekend, I will have some added thoughts about the awards, including my alternative Oscars. I'm debating (and I emphasize debating) seeing all five best picture nominees again. I don't know that I can suffer through another viewing of "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" or "The Reader," but I may try.On Oscar night, rather than the customary live blog, I'm going to update in real time on Twitter. You can sign up and follow me at http://www.twitter.com/blakerutherford.
The Academy Awards take place on Sunday in Los Angeles. I've already submitted my picks to the Arkansas Democrat Gazette and to InContention.com. I'll post them tomorrow, but needless to say I'm not expecting a lot of upsets.Also, I'll be on KARN Newsradio 920 AM on Monday morning talking about the winners and losers.
I finally got around to seeing "The Reader" today. The film, directed by Stephen Daldry ("The Hours") is an adaptation of a German novel of the same title by Bernhard Schlink. It stars Kate Winselt, who was nominated for an Oscar for the role, and Ralph Fiennes.
a Little Rock native and fellow Central High graduate. His new film "Shotgun Stores" premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and makes an appearance at the Tribeca Film Festival as part of the "Encounters" component of the festival which intends to offer "a compelling range of titles by both emerging and established talents, films which are likely to provoke some of the liveliest comments at the festival."