So the Dark Knight got blanked. To quote another classic completely ignored by the academy, I am Jack's complete lack of surprise. The worst thing about it is, TDK actually got 8 nominations and excepting Heath Ledger's supporting actor nomination (Which he will almost certainly win) they were all in tech categories. Clearly a consolation prize, it almost takes the piss even more.
Curious Case of Benjamin Button
No beef with Milk, slumdog or Frost/Nixon but Benjamin Button is academy filler, a film thats so average in its attempts to please Oscar. The scam worked because it bagged 13 nominations. Forrest Gump mark two. Similarly, The Reader was good, but it has no right to be here in place of TDK. If it was getting snubbed for anything it should have been Wall E.
Sean Penn, Milk
Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler
Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon
Brad Pitt, CCOBB
Richard Jenkins, The Visitor
This is essentially between Penn and Rourke. All other noms are filler. As is traditional with the academy, Pitt has been recognized for his most average performance. But he's earned it through other films so, I can make my peace. Unexpectedly awesome to see Jenkins here.
Meryl streep, Doubt
Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married
Kate Winslet, The Reader
Melissa Leo, Frozen River
Angelina Jolie, Changeling
I just glad Streep didnt get nominated for Mamma Mia. Between Winslet and Hathaway really, Jolie's nomination is her victory.
Best Supporting Actor:
Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
Robert Downey Jr, Tropic Thunder
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Doubt
Josh Brolin, Milk
Michael Shannon, Revolutionary Road
I reckon the academy justifies TDK's absence by the inevitablity of Ledger's win in this category. If he doesnt win Oscar will lose every bit of credibility it has left.
Best Supporting actress:
Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler
Amy Adams, Doubt
Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Taraji P Henson, Benjamin Button
Viola Davis, Doubt
Doubt brought the noise with four acting nominations, yet another actress is nominated for playing a stripper.
Danny Boyle, Slumdog
David Fincher, Benjamin Button
Stephen Daldry, The Reader
Ron Howard, Frost/Nixon
Gus Vant Sant, Milk
I love David Fincher. Which is exactly why I hope he doesnt win for what is his corporate sellout piece. Its all about Danny Boyle here. A great long overdue for recognition.
So, Ill be rooting for Slumdog Millionaire. But the best film available for nomination isnt here, yet again. One day films will be judged on how good they ar rather then what theyre about right. No.