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 V.18 No.8 | February 19 - 25, 2009 

Feature

Ballot (Stuffed)

Nominees for the 81st Academy Awards

Here is the complete ballot listing of all this year’s Academy Award nominees. For the the top seven categories, we’ve included the awards that have already been won, as well as the current betting odds (as provided by BetUS.com), in case you wanna place a little wager on the winner.

Motion Picture

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Odds=40:1
Frost/Nixon (LVFCS) Odds=120:1
Milk (NYFCC, SFFCC, SEFCA) Odds=60:1
The Reader Odds=140:1
Slumdog Millionaire (BAFTA, BSFC, BFCA, DFWFCA, DGA, FFCC, GG, KCFCC, NBR, PFCS, SA) Odds=1:25

Directing

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, David Fincher (LCCFA, NBR, VFCC) Odds=30:1
Frost/Nixon, Ron Howard (LVFCS) Odds=100:1
Milk, Gus Van Sant (BSFC, SFFCC) Odds=70:1
The Reader, Stephen Daldry Odds=120:1
Slumdog Millionaire, Danny Boyle (BAFTA, BIFA, BFCA, COFCA, CFCA, DFWFCA, FFCC, GG, LAFCA, PFCS, SA, SEFCA) Odds=1:22.5

Lead Actor

Richard Jenkins in The Visitor (SA) Odds=180:1
Frank Langella in Frost/Nixon (LVFCS) Odds=60:1
Sean Penn in Milk (BSFC, BFCA, DFWFCA, LAFCA, NSFC, NYFCC, PFCS, SFFCC, SAG, SEFCA, VFCC) Odds=15:1
Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Odds=100:1
Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler (BAFTA, BSFC, COFCA, CFCA, FFCC, GG, KCFCC, LCCFA, OFCS, SFFCC, TFCA, WAFCA) Odds=1:12.5

Supporting Actor

Josh Brolin in Milk (NBR, NYFCC) Odds=120:1
Robert Downey Jr. in Tropic Thunder (CFCA) Odds=250:1
Philip Seymour Hoffman in Doubt Odds=120:1
Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight (BAFTA, BSFC, BFCA, COFCA, CFCA, DFWFCA, FFCC, GG, KCFCC, LAFCA, OFCS, PFCS, SFFCC, SAG, SEFCA, TFCA, VFCC, WAFCA) Odds=1:100
Michael Shannon in Revolutionary Road (SA) Odds=120:1

Lead Actress

Anne Hathaway in Rachel Getting Married (BFCA [tie with Meryl Streep], DFWFCA) Odds=12.5:1
Angelina Jolie in Changeling (SA) Odds=140:1
Melissa Leo in Frozen River (COFCA, FFCC) Odds=120:1
Meryl Streep in Doubt (BFCA [tie with Anne Hathaway], KCFCC, PFCS, SAG, WAFCA) Odds=50:1
Kate Winslet in The Reader (BAFTA, BFCA [chosen for Supporting Actress in this role], CFCA [Supporting Actress], GG [Supporting Actress], LCCFA, SDFCS, SAG [Supporting Actress], VFCC) Odds=1:1

Supporting Actress

Amy Adams in Doubt Odds=120:1
Penélope Cruz in Vicky Cristina Barcelona (BAFTA, BSFC, KCFCC. LAFCA, NBR, NYFCC, SEFCA) Odds=1:13.5
Viola Davis in Doubt (DFWFCA, NBR) Odds=30:1
Taraji P. Henson in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (AFCA) Odds=80:1
Marisa Tomei in The Wrestler (COFCA, FFCC, LVFCS, OFCS, PFCS, SDFCS, SFFCC) Odds=50:1

Adapted Screenplay

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Eric Roth (NBR)
Doubt, John Patrick Shanley (WGA)
Frost/Nixon, Peter Morgan (LVFCS, SFFCC, SA)
The Reader, David Hare
Slumdog Millionaire, Simon Beaufoy (BAFTA, BFCA, COFCA, CFCA, FFCC, GG, KCFCC, LCCFA, NBR, PFCS, SEFCA, WGA)

Original Screenplay

Frozen River, Courtney Hunt
Happy-Go-Lucky, Mike Leigh (LAFCA, NSFC)
In Bruges, Martin McDonagh (PFCS)
Milk, Dustin Lance Black (BSFC, DFWFCA, SFFCC, SEFCA, WGA)
WALL·E, Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon (COFCA, CFCA, OFCS)

Animated Feature

Bolt
Kung Fu Panda
WALL·E

Art Direction

Changeling
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
The Duchess
Revolutionary Road

Cinematography

Changeling
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire

Costume Design

Australia
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Duchess
Milk
Revolutionary Road

Documentary Feature

The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)
Encounters at the End of the World
The Garden
Man on Wire
Trouble the Water

Documentary Short Subject

“The Conscience of Nhem En”
“The Final Inch”
“Smile Pinki”
“The Witness--From the Balcony of Room 306”

Film Editing

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Frost/Nixon
Milk
Slumdog Millionaire

Foreign Language Film

The Baader Meinhof Complex, Germany
The Class, France
Departures, Japan
Revanche, Austria
Waltz with Bashir, Israel

Makeup

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Original Score

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Defiance
Milk
Slumdog Millionaire
WALL·E

Original Song

“Down to Earth” from WALL·E, music by Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman, lyric by Peter Gabriel
“Jai Ho” from Slumdog Millionaire, music by A.R. Rahman, lyric by Gulzar
“O Saya” from Slumdog Millionaire, music and lyric by A.R. Rahman and Maya Arulpragasam

Animated Short

“La Maison en Petits Cubes”
“LavatoryLovestory”
“Oktapodi”
“Presto”
“This Way Up”

Live Action Short

“Auf der Strecke (On the Line)”
“Manon on the Asphalt”
“New Boy”
“The Pig”
“Spielzeugland (Toyland)”
Sound Editing
The Dark Knight
Iron Man
Slumdog Millionaire
WALL·E
Wanted

Sound Mixing

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Slumdog Millionaire
WALL·E
Wanted

Visual Effects

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Iron Man

(KEY: BIFA=British Independent Film Awards, BAFTA=British Academy of Film and Television Awards, BSFC=Boston Society of Film Critics, BFCA=Broadcast Film Critics Association, COFCA=Central Ohio Film Critics Association, CFCA=Chicago Film Critics Association, DFWFCA=Dallas-Ft. Worth Film Critics Association, DGA=Directors Guild of America, FFCC=Florida Film Critics Circle, GG=Golden Globes, KCFCC=Kansas City Film Critics Circle, LVFCS=Las Vegas Film Critics Society, LCCFA=London Critics Circle Film Awards, LAFCA=Los Angeles Film Critics Association, NBR=National Board of Review, NSFC=National Society of Film Critics, NYFCC=New York Film Critics Circle, OFCS=Online Film Critics Society, PFCS=Phoenix Film Critics Society, SDFCS=San Diego Film Critics Society, SFFCC=San Francisco Film Critics Circle, SA=Satellite Awards, SAG=Screen Actors Guild, SEFCA=Southeastern Film Critics Association, TFCA=Toronto Film Critics Association, VFCC=Vancouver Film Critics Circle, WAFCA=Washington DC Area Film Critics Association, WGA=Writers Guild of America)

This year’s gambling odds courtesy of BetUS.com.


 
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