February 29, 2008

An Early Look at the upcoming Oscar® Race!

It's finally here, our first Oscar® 2008-2009 Preview! From Australia to Frost/Nixon, we have a few words for each of next season's big awards contenders.

Click here to read our early look at the Most Promising Films of the 2008-2009 Awards Season.

And don't forget to add your two cents, what are your early awards contenders?


  1. How about The Lovely Bones? Peter Jackson directing, great cast including Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, Saoirse Ronan, and Stanley Tucci, based on a beloved novel. While it could easily become this year's Reservation Road, I think it still merits early consideration.

  2. I thought they moved it to '09?

  3. It´s time Meryl wins her 3rd Oscar...

  4. great list johnny, i would put frost/nixon at the top but the first ten films sound really good.

  5. I think you should include Kenneth Branagh for Best Supporting Actor in VALKYRIE. He's been overlooked before, and if he's as good in that as I think he'll be, I could see him getting a nom.

    I also think BODY OF LIES will do better than you think. I don't see what sensitively portraying Arab culture has to do with a film's mainstream success. As long as it isn't preachy or outright bad, I think people would like it. BTW, I've just received a copy of the Monohan script (probably an early draft), and if it's as good as his previous work, the movie will work.

  6. i cant wait for the team of ANGELINA JOLIE and CLINT EASTWOOD - should be AMAZING!

  7. Brad Pitt BEST ACTOR 2009!!!

  8. I'm forward to watching Hoffman, DiCaprio, and Pitt.

    I hope Valkyrie is good. I'm not sure how Cruise's reputation will hurt the film. But it is dealing with some meaty (and interesting) material. And, I hope the CCoBB is as good as the short story from Fitzgerald. I know its not going to be a literal interpretation, but if it can capture the very essence of the story, I will be pleased.

  9. Brad Pitt deserves a come back - he was snubbed for Babel. He was great in Jesse James, let's see how he does in Button - it sounds fabulous.

  10. Intersting Race, especially for the actresses:

    Actor in a Leading Role:
    -Benicio Del Toro
    -Leonardo DiCaprio
    -Sean penn
    -Frank langella
    -Brad pitt
    -Jamie Foxx
    -Hugh Jackman
    -Philip Seymour Hoffman
    -Javier Bardem
    -Tom Cruise
    -Daniel craig
    -John Malkovich
    -sam Rockwell (Choke)
    -Eric Bana (Romulus, my father)
    -Ralph Fiennes
    -Ryan Phillippe

    Actress in a Leading Role:
    -Kate Winslet
    -Julianne Moore
    -Meryl Streep
    -Angelina Jolie
    -Emily blunt
    -Drew Barrymore
    -Natalie Portman
    -Keira Knightley
    -Sally Hawkins (happ-go-lucky)
    -Frances McDormand
    -anne Hathaway
    -Nicole Kidman
    -Rachel McAdams
    -Juliette Binoche (Disengagement)
    -Joan Chen (The Home Song stories)
    -Michelle Williams (Incendiary)
    -Sophie Okonedo (Skin)

    Actor in a Supporting Role:
    -Heath Ledger (I hope so)
    -Michael sheen
    -Josh Brolin
    -Gael garcia Bernal
    -Liev Schreiber
    -Jake Gyllenhaal
    -Kenneth Branagh
    -Russell Crowe (Body of lies/maybe state of play)
    -Benjamin Bratt
    -bruno Ganz
    -Robert Downey Jr.
    -anthony Hopkins (The city of your final destination)
    -George Clooney-Brad Pitt (same film)
    -Philip seymour Hoffman
    -Ewan mcGregor (incendiary)
    -Joseph Gordon-Levitt

    Actress in a Supporting Role:
    -Amy Adams (Three differents roles)
    -Viola Davis
    -Kathy Bates
    -Franka Potente
    -Jessica Lange
    -Miranda Richardson
    -Charlotte Rampling
    -Catalina Sandino Moreno
    -State of play's girls: Helen Mirren and Rachel McAdams
    -The city...: Charlotte Gainsbourg and Laura Linney
    -Kate Winslet (The Reader)
    -Tilda Swinton
    -Amy Ryan
    -Cate Blanchett
    -Catherine Keener
    -Carice Van houten
    -Abbie Cornish

  11. I was reading intersting notes from various newspapers, and a lot of them put "Crossing Over" like an important contender (Top Ten):

    -Crash/Babel resemblance: I hope the film soen't like Crash in all senses (overracted film), but Crossing over is about a group of stories in a same context
    -Political and social issues: inmigration in LA.
    -A-Stars and newcommers: We have Harrison Ford, Sean Penn and Ashley judd (A-List), Jim Strudgess, Summer Bishil, Alice Braga and Alice Eve (newcommers)
    -An foreigner and intersting director: South african director Wayne has a critical darling (The cooler) and a discrete box office film (Running scarred)...

  12. John Malcovich in Burn After Reading is going to be a strong contender in Supporting actor. He has a great part. And I hear rumors that Kenneth Branagh is very good in Valkyrie as well in support. And if he pulls off a charismatic performance, I don't see how Heath Ledger won't get nominated in support as well. It should be an interesting year, that 6 months ago I didn't have much hope for, but I have been turned around. My top 15 most anticipated films for 08 are Milk, The Other Man, Australia, Valkyrie, Burn After Reading, The Dark Knight, The Argentine, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, Doubt, Seven Pounds, Defiance ( my no# 1 most anticipated so far )Reveloutionary Road, Frost/Nixon and Body Of Lies.

  13. What about Emily Watson in Within The Whirlwind? Sounds like a contender if that makes the cut-off date.

  14. anonymous i think you should fuck right off. it is a travesty that Rambo didn't win more shit at the emmies or oscars or whatevs. Good day sir

    Defiance will be the shit though, i always thought daniel craig would make a good jew who fights nazis. and people laughed at me and thought it would never happen.

    you cock.

  15. defiance is gonna suck, daniel craig cant act. Watch out for Body of Lies with Leo.

  16. i'm very excited for next year. i think that the lead actress race will be exceptionally interesting. I have a question thou. is cate blanchett's role in benjamin button lead or supporting?

  17. Blanchett's role seems more supporting. Her character is important to the development of the main character and story, so I'm not sure how they will classify. I would presume supporting. But, I'm not certain.

    I'm reading the script now, it's pretty darn good. The AMPAS might be turned off by the length (161 pages, which is roughly equivalent to 3 hours)...It is certainly a different type of movie. I'm excited to see how Fincher going to showcase this wonderful story. But he has a good track record, so I'm sure he'll do a great job.

  18. My First Performance List March 2008

    Lead Actress

    Cate Blanchett – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    Emily Blunt – The Young Victoria
    Angelina Jolie – Changeling
    Nicole Kidman – Australia
    Keira Knightley – The Duchess
    Jessica Lange – Grey Gardens
    Frances Mc Dormand – Miss Pettigrew Lives for one Day
    Julianne Moore – Blindness
    Meryl Streep – Doubt
    Meryl Streep – Mamma Mia
    Kate Winslet – Revolutionary Road

    Lead Actor

    Russell Crowe – Body of Lies
    Tom Cruise – Valkyrie
    Benicio del Toro – The Argentine
    Benicio del Toro – Guerrilla
    Leonardo di Caprio – Revolutionary Road
    Leonardo di Caprio – Body of Lies
    Ralph Fiennes – The Duchess
    Ralph Fiennes – The Reader
    Jamie Foxx – The Soloist
    Ed Harris – Appaloosa
    Philip Seymour Hoffman – Synecdoche , New York
    Ben Kingsley – The Dying Animal
    Hugh Jackman – Australia
    Frank Langella – Frost / Nixon
    Ye Liu – Dark Matter
    Sean Penn – Milk
    Brad Pitt – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    Will Smith – Seven Pounds

    Supporting Actress

    Amy Adams – Miss Pettigrew Lives for one Day
    Amy Adams – Doubt
    Kathy Bates – Revolutionary Road
    Annette Bening – The Woman
    Cate Blanchett – Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
    Viola Davis – Doubt
    Catherine Keener – The Soloist
    Catherine Keener – Synecdoche , New York
    Rinko Kikuchi – The Brothers Bloom
    Frances McDormand – Burn After Reading
    Miranda Richardson – The Young Victoria
    Amy Ryan – Changeling
    Meryl Streep – Dark Matter
    Tilda Swinton – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    Tilda Swinton – Burn After Reading
    Garice van Houten – Body of Lies
    Dianne Wiest – Synecdoche , New York
    Kate Winslet – The Reader

    Supporting Actor

    Kenneth Branagh – Valkyrie
    Jim Broadbent – The Young Victoria
    Josh Brolin – Milk
    Robert Downey Jr. – The Soloist
    Bruno Ganz – The Reader
    Heath Ledger – The Dark Knight
    John Malkovich – Changeling
    John Malkovich – Burn After Reading
    Aidan Quinn – Dark Matter
    Alan Rickman – Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
    Live Schreiber – Defiance
    Philip Seymour Hoffman – Doubt
    Michael Sheen – Frost / Nixon
    Tom Wilkinson – Valkyrie

  19. Bloody hell, I didn't even notice that. Thanks for the heads up Verbal Intercourse.

    I really really hope Valkyrie is good. I loved The Usual Suspects, and Bryan Singer's movies since have been almost entirely comic-book adaptations.

  20. Finally, Another theme:

    I'm sick to the tabloids, and now Marion is in the eye of the hurricane, for a french interview a year ago.

    I watched the interview and I'm sure that she's the victim of the bad traslation of a british pseudo-journalist (Maybe Julie Christie fan) in the London Daily mirror.

    She is acussed for being Anti-american and a declaration of a conspiracy to the Bush administration about the 9/11.

    I watched the interview very well and I tell you she's the victim of a bad traslation of a horrible british pseudo-journalist.

    If it's a sin being sceptic and open mind of a lot of theories. I'm guilty and burn in the hell. This is unfair and disgusting

  21. I think Body of Lies stands a fair chance, given the types of movies that have been winning best picture of late (The Departed, No Country).

    Keep your eyes open for my "One Category at a Time" column over at The Oscar Nazi.

  22. I think Rachel McAdams might be nominated for The Time Traveler's Wife, especially now that the release date has been pushed to November.


    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    Frost Nixon
    Revolutionary Road


    David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)
    Ron Howard (Frost Nixon)
    Sam Mendes (Revolutionary Road)
    Gus Van Sant (Milk)
    Joe Wright (The Soloist)


    Benicio Del Toro (The Argentine)
    Leonardo Di Caprio (Revolutionary Road)
    Frank Langella (Frost Nixon)
    Sean Penn (Milk)
    Brad Pitt (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)


    Angelina Jolie (The Changeling)
    Nicole Kidman (Australia)
    Julianne Moore (Blindness)
    Meryl Streep (Doubt)
    Kate Winslet (Revolutionary Road)


    Josh Brolin (Milk)
    Russell Crowe (Body of Lies)
    Phillip Seymour Hoffman (Doubt)
    Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight)
    Michael Sheen (Frost Nixon)


    Amy Adams (Doubt)
    Kathy Bates (Revolutionary Road)
    Annette Bening (The Women)
    Cate Blanchett (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)
    Catherine Keener (The Soloist)


    The Soloist
    Sunecdoche, New York


    Body of Lies
    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    Frost Nixon
    Revolutionary Road