Who should win: Is it odd that a film with such little dialogue win best screenplay? I don't care, for within WALL·E's rather quiet first half, there are still plenty an homage to cinematic genres to appeal to any lover of film.
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
- Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire
- David Hare, The Reader
- Peter Morgan, Frost/Nixon
- John Patrick Shanley, Doubt
- Eric Roth, Robin Swicord, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Who will and should win: Life-as-game show metaphor Slumdog should prevail here.
BEST ANIMATED FILM
- Kung Fu Panda
Who will and should win: WALL·E, if only because this is one of the few bones thrown to this picture this year.
And the rest of the categories...
Who will win: This one will most likely be just another winning round for Slumdog's contestants.
Who should win: Dark Knight, for providing us with the anti-Bay summer blockbuster that's not afraid to let the camera linger for more than 20 seconds.
After being left out of top-tier prizes, look for Dark Knight to nab various technical awards this year.
Judges will honor Slumdog's score to earn hipster points.
Because of the frustrating Academy rules that exempted Spingsteen's poetic closing number for The Wrestler, look for Peter Gabriel to earn honors here for WALL·E's "Down to Earth."
Unless the voters are feeling sorry for sending Button home empty-handed by giving it to them, bow to The Duchess here.
Button's astounding work should earn props here.
Dark Knight, here's another consolation prize.
The Dark Knight
Button should stitch this up.
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Waltz with Bashir should, after getting snubbed in the animated category.
Man on Wire
BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM
Yes, most of these are available to those who search hard enough. That said, the short that accompanies WALL·E, "Presto" is vintage Warner Bros.-era bliss.