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The Oscars 2009


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Not long to go before it's time for the Oscars to be handed out.

Is it just me who considers that event to be like an early christmas? Okay, maybe it's just be who are crazy about movies.

Have any of you seen any of the movies? Who do you think will win?

Personally I think we can already hand the Oscars to Heath Ledger and Wall-E. I can't see any of those two lose.

It would be rather ironic if Philip Seymour-Hoffman won over Ledger since he also beat him a few years ago when he won for his performance in Capote while Ledger lost for his performance in Brokeback Mountain. I guess poor Hoffman won't be the most popular guy with the Ledger fans if he wins this year too :D

Some of the categories will be very interesting though. Rourke have been a favourite so far, but now Sean Penn have moved up the ladder and might actually win. And who will win for best actress? Some really good women in that category.

Personally I think Slumdog Millionare will win quite a few awards (even though I didn't find it that great) and the big loser will probably be The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. So many Oscar nods and so few chances to win.

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Just give Kate Winslet a flippin' Oscar already! Then I can be happy and not worry about award nights ever again. Kate is just as high on my pedestal as Dolly Parton and Frank Lampard :rolleyes:

I agree I'd like RDJ to win, thought his performance was brilliant.

Nothing with Brad Pitt to win please! Team Jennifer.

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Team Jolie!

I'd love Mickey Rourke to win Best Actor - surely that would be the best comback since Hillsborough 84!

RDJ is a brilliant actor and would be great for his talents to be recognized however I think we all know who is going to win that category.

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I just hope that Ledger won't get the Oscar. If he weren't dead, there's no way he would have gotten all that over the top acclaim.

Agreed. He was good, but not Oscar worthy.

However, if Brad Pitt gets beaten by a man who isn't even alive anymore... sweet.

(is he even up for an oscar in the same catagory?!)

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I actually don't think either Ledger of Wall-E deserve it. Ledger was good but not great. It is a tragedy that he died so young however that should have no bearing on the quality of his performance.

As kids films go I though Wall-E was again, good but not great. I am amazed at the hype it is receiving. it certainly isn't on a par with a lot of great kids animated films over the years.

I haven't been able to see as many films in recent years as I use to and would like to so can't really offer much opinion on who I think should win however if Ledger and Wall-E are actually the best of the bunch then it has been a pretty average year in the film industry (at least in the mainstream anyway).

Sean Penn in Milk maybe as an outside bet for best actor but I haven't seen The Argentine so can't comment on Del Toro (who I rate highly)

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Agreed. He was good, but not Oscar worthy.

However, if Brad Pitt gets beaten by a man who isn't even alive anymore... sweet.

(is he even up for an oscar in the same catagory?!)

Brad Pitt??? Are you telling me Brad Pitt has been nominated for an Oscar? If he has, why hasn't Phil Mitchell been nominated?

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pitt has a nomination, but I don't think it's in the same category. about to watch bejamin button now, I look forward to it given that pitt is working with fincher again (and blanchett is in it).

I think ledger gave a very showy performance, but that was required and I've not seen any supporting performance that is better since (that is up for the same award). whether it is considered a "serious" enough film to allow something like ledger's performance to win, I dunno, but I think he totally deserved the nom.

I've seen che (part one) and del toro was good, and I liked rourke in the wrestler too.

however I saw revolutionary road recently (the titanic sequel), and I think di caprio has outdone them both. I think he's the best actor of this generation and he's been on good form for a few years now. it's a good film too (although it almost seems like it was written to be a play). if you like bitter and depressing films (actually a bit similar to mad men in tone and world) then maybe look out for it.

generally the "oscar films" have been decent. has not been an amazing year for those sorts of films, and the awards are often a bit of a joke.

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Isn't Boyle's Slum Dog Millionaire up for a couple of awards too?

Yeah, could win 10 Oscars. And the way things are going at other award shows I wouldn't be surprised if it wins atleast 5-6. Personally I didn't find it that amazing. And at the Oscars you never know. Might miss out on most awards.

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pitt has a nomination, but I don't think it's in the same category. about to watch bejamin button now, I look forward to it given that pitt is working with fincher again (and blanchett is in it).

I think ledger gave a very showy performance, but that was required and I've not seen any supporting performance that is better since (that is up for the same award). whether it is considered a "serious" enough film to allow something like ledger's performance to win, I dunno, but I think he totally deserved the nom.

I've seen che (part one) and del toro was good, and I liked rourke in the wrestler too.

however I saw revolutionary road recently (the titanic sequel), and I think di caprio has outdone them both. I think he's the best actor of this generation and he's been on good form for a few years now. it's a good film too (although it almost seems like it was written to be a play). if you like bitter and depressing films (actually a bit similar to mad men in tone and world) then maybe look out for it.

generally the "oscar films" have been decent. has not been an amazing year for those sorts of films, and the awards are often a bit of a joke.

i know 3 people who have seen that benajamin buttonthing and they all said it was garbage. in fact one said it was one of the worst films shes ever seen.

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I thought it was pretty good. Surprised at the level of vitriol aimed towards Pitt. He's a good actor, not a great actor but still good. Always comes across as a good guy too.

Some guys just happen to get all the luck!

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RDJ is a superb actor and his part in Tropic Thunder was a joy . He's been brilliant in almost everything i've seen him in .

Brad Pitt is underated by a lot of people and critics, i was never a huge fan until i saw him in Snatch and more recently in Burn after reading . Sean Penn for me is the best ator of his generation , although i would agree with Gullit 4 regarding Di Caprio.

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You like films Moos?

I love films, Mod. Films and tv-series. Watch them every day, especially during award season when I try to watch every nominated film and maybe even all the nominated actors/actresses. And then I sit awake all night every time there's an award show on tv. First watching the people arrive on the red carpet (missed some this year though) and comment on their dresses.

To me it's better than christmas.

I can talk films for hours (just ask my mom :D ) and when nobody's around I'll talk about films to myself - and I don't always agree with what I say.

In other words, I think you can say that I'm one step away from joining the real life cast of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" :D

Oh and by the way, I can't really recognize the movies you have listed under "favourite films". It's a bit annoying. Are they Hitchcock, Fellini, Bergman or Spielberg?

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Brad Pitt is underated by a lot of people and critics, i was never a huge fan until i saw him in Snatch and more recently in Burn after reading . Sean Penn for me is the best ator of his generation , although i would agree with Gullit 4 regarding Di Caprio.

Agreed.

Sean Penn, for me, is head and shoulders above every other actor in the business at the moment (at least in the mainstream). In addition he gains further credibilityby being very selective about the films he chooses to work in (yes De Niro I am thinking about you).

Brad Pitt doesn't get the credit he deserves (probably due to his pretty boy image). He has been excellent in a number of films (especially Twelve Monkeys, Se7en, Fight CLub and Kalifornia) and although he did have a bit of a slump for a while (Meet Joe Black probably being the biggest waste of talent other than CLaudio played Dennis Wise out of position) he was still very good in Babel nd then had a massive return to formin Burn After Reading.

I haven't seen Benjamin Button so can't comment on whether he specifically deserves an oscar for that perofmrnace however, in general, I think there aer alot of far orse actors who have won oscars. Christ, Tom Hanks has a collection of them and he is less convincing than Drogba!

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Still trying to watch all the nominated films and performances, but it's not easy and I'm running out of time.

Best Motion Picture of the Year

Nominees:The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008): Ceán Chaffin, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall Seen

Frost/Nixon (2008): Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Eric Fellner Seen

Milk (2008/I): Bruce Cohen, Dan Jinks Seen

The Reader (2008): Anthony Minghella, Sydney Pollack, Donna Gigliotti, Redmond Morris Seen

Slumdog Millionaire (2008): Christian Colson Seen

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Nominees:Richard Jenkins for The Visitor (2007/I)

Frank Langella for Frost/Nixon (2008) Seen

Sean Penn for Milk (2008/I) Seen

Brad Pitt for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) Seen

Mickey Rourke for The Wrestler (2008)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Nominees:Anne Hathaway for Rachel Getting Married (2008)

Angelina Jolie for Changeling (2008)

Melissa Leo for Frozen River (2008)

Meryl Streep for Doubt (2008/I) Seen

Kate Winslet for The Reader (2008) Seen

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Nominees:Josh Brolin for Milk (2008/I) Seen

Robert Downey Jr. for Tropic Thunder (2008) Seen

Philip Seymour Hoffman for Doubt (2008/I) Seen

Heath Ledger for The Dark Knight (2008) Seen

Michael Shannon for Revolutionary Road (2008)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Nominees:Amy Adams for Doubt (2008/I) Seen

Penelope Cruz for Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)

Viola Davis for Doubt (2008/I) Seen

Taraji P. Henson for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) Seen

Marisa Tomei for The Wrestler (2008)

Gonna have to see "The Wrestler". After all, it seems like it'll be between Rourke and Penn so I would like to have seen them both. Also, Tomei is in that one so I'll have seen two performances if I see that one.

For me "Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role" is an open race (I doubt Tomei will win though).

The restare a little more predictable. Either it's a one man race (Ledger and Slumdog) or else it'll be a battle between two persons (Penn/Rourke & Streep/Winslet). Atleast if we're talking about who the favourites are.

But we also know that there can be upsets. Heath Ledger and Slumdog are huge favourites but they can still lose. I've predicted that "Benjamin Button" will be the big loser but it's a big movie with a lot of promotion and that can actually help. Slumdog is the peoples film, Benjamin Button is the movie industries film.

And Ledger can miss out again. I don't think that will happen because

A) He was bloody brilliant.

:) Who would dare not to vote on him?

But there are other great performances with Seymour-Hoffman being one. His scenes against Meryl Streep in Doubt is electrifying. Best last year, no doubt about it.

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