So after all the hype and "for your consideration" bullshit wallpapering the trades, the only question left to ask is who will the academy pick as the nominees for Best Picture?
With that thought in mind, here are our guesses:
Jay Jammer's picks:
The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button – I knew this movie would be nominated. The acting is good. But the outstanding one is Tilda Swinton. She’s just very good in this film. The story is epic. Yes . But I don't think it deserves to win. Frost/Nixon – It was a battle royal and it was just talking and it was historical and the acting was good but not good for the idea of Best Picture
MILK - Historical as this story is as well as grand the cast is there's no doubt this should be nominated. The fact that no one from this cast was nominated in any category, for the Golden Globes, is just jacked up. Hopefully the Academy can rectify this and by that I mean nominate Emile Hersh for best Supporting Actor.
Slumdog Millionaire – Nothing like many films this year. It is, itself, dramatic, funny, fascinating and inviting. It deserves the win for being not so pretentious as the others (nominees for Best Picture - Golden Globe) feel being in the same category as this film. The Academy should nominate this....without a doubt.
Doubt - And speaking of doubt the movie Doubt should be nominated for the Academy because the cast demands it with their performances. Winning over all? Tough...if there are smart people this will be in direct compotetion with Slumdog Millionaire and those two will battle it out for the best. The others may be good but it's not named GOOD Picture; the catagory is BEST picture.
The Curious Case Of Benjamin ButtonWhile this movie was a major disappointment on my end, and one of Fincher's weakest, the Academy loves an epic with a predictable script, so I figure to be the undeserved lock of the year, a la Crash and Chicago.
A movie that I narrowly missed seeing at the Toronto International Film Festival, Slumdog Millionaire was a sneak attack if there ever was one, with hit-and-miss Danny Boyle directing, and a cost of no one's carrying the entire movie. Still, it overcame the odds with an entertaining and moving script, and has found its way onto my list.
If 2005 has taught us anything, it's that a gay-centric film with a good script and dedicated actor is a lock for a spree of awards, donated accordingly by the ever-so-generous Academy. But on the same note, Milk may fall to the hands of a far lesser movie in a repeat of Brokeback vs. Crash. (See above: Button)
While Ron Howard may have strong track record with critics and fans alike, I felt that Frost/Nixon was a bit of a let down on the cinematography end, with many scenes struggling a little too hard to squish more dramatic tension than they could hold. All in all, it's still one of the better films of the year, and I wouldn't be surprised in the least if this showed up on the Academy's list come February 15th.
Wild Card Spot
While this movie has received rave reviews from near every critic competent enough to see it, there has been next to no buzz for this flick, aside from Rourke's incredible, career-defining performance. It wouldn't be the first time that the Academy has missed out on gold, so I'm calling this one as the Wild Card.
Who do you think will get the nod? Who will win the Oscar? Leave a comment below and let us know.