The 81th Annual Academy Awards Predictions

It is time to be serious!

Here is my analysis for the upcoming 81st Academy Awards:

^ denotes 'this nominee is a dark horse'.
^^ denotes 'this nominee will win the Oscar (my official prediction)'.
^^^ denotes 'this nominee should win the Oscar'.
^^^^^ denotes 'this nominee should and will win the Oscar (my official prediction)'.


BEST PICTURE
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON ^
FROST/NIXON

MILK

THE READER

SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE
^^^^^

BEST DIRECTOR
Danny Boyle (SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE) ^^^^^
Stephen Daldry (THE READER)

David Fincher (THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON)
^
Ron Howard (FROST/NIXON)

Gus Van Sant (MILK)


BEST LEADING ACTOR
Richard Jenkins (THE VISITOR)
Frank Langella (FROST/NIXON)

Sean Penn (MILK)
^
Brad Pitt (THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON)

Mickey Rourke (THE WRESTLER)
^^^^^

BEST LEADING ACTRESS
Anne Hathaway (RACHEL GETTING MARRIED) ^
Angelina Jolie (CHANGELING)

Melissa Leo (FROZEN RIVER)

Meryl Streep (DOUBT)
^^^
Kate Winslet (THE READER)
^^

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Josh Brolin (MILK)
Robert Downey Jr. (TROPIC THUNDER)

Philip Seymour Hoffman (DOUBT)
^
Heath Ledger (THE DARK KNIGHT)
^^^^^
Michael Shannon (REVOLUTIONARY ROAD)


BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams (DOUBT)
Penelope Cruz (VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA)
^^

Viola Davis (DOUBT)
^^^
Taraji P. Henson (THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON)

Marisa Tomei (THE WRESTLER)
^

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
FROZEN RIVER
HAPPY-GO-LUCKY
^
IN BRUGES

MILK ^^
WALL.E
^^^

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON ^
DOUBT
^^^
FROST/NIXON
THE READER

SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE
^^

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
CHANGELING
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON

THE DARK KNIGHT
^
THE READER

SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE
^^^^^

BEST FILM EDITING
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
THE DARK KNIGHT
^
FROST/NIXON

MILK

SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE ^^^^^

BEST ART DIRECTION
CHANGELING
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
^^
THE DARK KNIGHT
^^^
THE DUCHESS
^
REVOLUTIONARY ROAD


BEST COSTUME DESIGN
AUSTRALIA
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
^
THE DUCHESS
^^^^^
MILK

REVOLUTIONARY ROAD


BEST MAKEUP
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON ^^^^^
THE DARK KNIGHT
^
HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY


BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON ^
DEFIANCE

MILK

SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE
^^^^^
WALL.E


BEST ORIGINAL SONG
"Jai Ho" (SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE) ^^^^^
"O Saya" (SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE)

"Down To Earth" (WALL.E)
^

BEST SOUND
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
THE DARK KNIGHT
^
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE
^^
WALL.E
^^^
WANTED


BEST SOUND EDITING
THE DARK KNIGHT ^
IRON MAN

SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE
^^
WALL.E
^^^
WANTED

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON ^^^^^
THE DARK KNIGHT
^
IRON MAN

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
BOLT
KUNG FU PANDA
^
WALL.E
^^^^^

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
THE BAADER MEINHOF COMPLEX (Germany)
THE CLASS (France)
^
REVANCHE (Austria)

DEPARTURES (Japan)

WALTZ WITH BASHIR (Israel) ^^^^^

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
THE BETRAYAL - NERAKHOON
ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD
^
THE GARDEN

MAN ON WIRE ^^^^^
TROUBLE THE WATER



I hope the Academy chooses wisely! Good luck to the nominees!

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