I woke up early, did a live report for our morning show, was very excited about "The Dark Knight," and then...
The Academy continued the long-standing tradition of snubbing action-oriented flicks, even though "The Dark Knight" was beloved by critics and fans alike!
But my second favorite film of the year, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" led the Oscar nominations with 13 nods including Best Picture, Director, Actor, and Supporting Actress.
I'll post the full list of nominees in a little while, but first, let's see how I did with my prediction.
Hhhmmmm...yeah, I only missed categories where I was pushing for "The Dark Knight" such as Best Picture and Best Director.
Heath Ledger, as predicted, received a Best Supporting Oscar nomination, and it's pretty safe to say, he'll win!
Let's scroll down on my prediction I posted yesterday:
"The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button," Kathleen Kennedy & Frank Marshall, Cean Chaffin
"The Reader" Got Nominated Instead
"Frost/Nixon," Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Eric Fellner
"Milk," Dan Jinks & Bruce Cohen
"Slumdog Millionaire," Christian Colson
"Slumdog Millionaire" (Fox Searchlight Pictures & Warner Bros. Pictures)
"The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button" (Paramount Pictures & Warner Bros. Pictures)
"Frost/Nixon" (Universal Pictures)
"The Dark Knight" (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Stephen Daldry from "The Reader" Got the Nod
Gus Van Sant
"Milk" (Focus Features)
BEST ACTOR -- PERFECT SCORE
RICHARD JENKINS/Walter Vale — "THE VISITOR" (Overture Films)
FRANK LANGELLA/Richard Nixon — "FROST/NIXON" (Universal Pictures)
SEAN PENN/Harvey Milk — "MILK" (Focus Features)
BRAD PITT/Benjamin Button — "THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON" (Paramount Pictures)
MICKEY ROURKE/Randy — "THE WRESTLER" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
ANNE HATHAWAY/Kym — "RACHEL GETTING MARRIED" (Sony Pictures Classics)
ANGELINA JOLIE/Christine Collins — "CHANGELING" (Universal Pictures)
MELISSA LEO/Ray Eddy — "FROZEN RIVER" (Sony Pictures Classics)
MERYL STREEP/Sister Aloysius Beauvier — "DOUBT" (Miramax Films)
Winslet received nomination for "The Reader" Instead
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
JOSH BROLIN/Dan White — "MILK" (Focus Features)
ROBERT DOWNEY, JR./Kirk Lazarus — "TROPIC THUNDER" (Paramount Pictures)
PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN/Father Brendan Flynn — "DOUBT" (Miramax Films)
HEATH LEDGER/Joker — "THE DARK KNIGHT" (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Michael Shannon got the nod instead for "The Reader" and honestly? Well deserved!
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
AMY ADAMS/Sister James — "DOUBT" (Miramax Flms)
PENELOPE CRUZ/Maria Elena — "VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA" (The Weinstein Company)
VIOLA DAVIS/Mrs. Miller — "DOUBT" (Miramax Films)
TARAJI P. HENSON/Queenie — "THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON" (Paramount Pictures)
KATE WINSLET/Hanna Schmitz — "THE READER" (The Weinstein Company)
Marisa Tomei for "The Wrestler" received the nomination instead, and yes, WELL DESERVED!
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
"Frozen River" written by Courtney Hunt received the nomination
"Milk," Written by Dustin Lance Black, Focus Features
"Happy-Go-Lucky" written by Mike Leigh received nomination instead, yay!
"In Bruges" written by Martin McDonagh received the nomination instead, yay!
"The Wrestler," Written by Robert Siegel, Fox Searchlight Pictures
"Wall-E" written by Andrew Stanton and Jim Reardon received the nomination instead! YAY!
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," Screenplay by Eric Roth; Screen Story by Eric Roth and Robin Swicord; Based on the Short Story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures
Once again, "The Reader" stole this nomination, with screenplay by David Hare based on Bernhard Schlink's book.
"Doubt," Screenplay by John Patrick Shanley, Based on his Stage Play, Miramax Films
"Frost/Nixon," Screenplay by Peter Morgan, Based on his Stage Play, Universal Pictures
"Slumdog Millionaire," Screenplay by Simon Beaufoy, Based on the Novel Q and A by Vikas Swarup, Fox Searchlight Pictures
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