As with all awards shows, I wait until the absolute last minute to post my predictions. Sometimes I wonder if I do it for the readers, or if I do it for the time stamp to show how wrong I was beforehand. In any case, I snagged a listing of 2009 Oscar nominees (honestly, who wants to sit there and type up all the nominees) and will provided trailers and video clips of the nominees I hope will win. After all, this is all about who we want to win, right? Forget about who will, especially when they rarely get the nominees right in the first place. Well, based on my own opinion of course. So, as the hour approaches, take a look at my choices:
- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
- The Reader
- Slumdog Millionaire
My biggest problem here, and it is one that should have been expected, is that The Dark Knight was not nominated. Not to mention The Wrestler, Wall-E, or In Bruges. From the selection given, the winner should be...
- Richard Jenkins in The Visitor
- Frank Langella in Frost/Nixon
- Sean Penn in Milk
- Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
- Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler
I have to say that it is nice to see Jenkins among the nominees. No, I have not seen the film, but all the clips I have seen have been fantastic. However, the best performance of the year is among the nominees, and if he does not win, we have a bigger problem.
- Josh Brolin in Milk
- Robert Downey Jr. in Tropic Thunder
- Philip Seymour Hoffman in Doubt
- Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
- Michael Shannon in Revolutionary Road
Is there any question who will and who deserves to win this category? The answer is one and the same, and it is not because he died tragically, it is because the performance is phenomenal.