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Oscar Predictions: Nominees

Oscar predictions have been coming in for months at other blogs. We at the Playground don't need to spend months speculating. One (expansive) list (with some obscure categories) shall do. It seems these things are pretty much set at this point, so I threw in some surprises because you never know with L.A. Check back Jan. 22 for an analysis of the awards and until Feb. 22 for our take on the major categories. And without further ado, here's the list.

Best Adapted Screeplay

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Dark Knight



Slumdog Millionaire

Best Original Screenplay


Rachel Getting Married

Synecdoche, NY

The Visitor

The Wrestler

Best Cinematography


The Dark Knight

The Reader

Revolutionary Road

Slumdog Millionaire

Best Foreign Film

3 Monkeys (Turkey)

The Baader Meinhof Complex (Germany)

The Class (France)

Everlasting Moments (Sweden)

Waltz with Bashir (Israel)

Best Supporting Actor

Josh Brolin, Milk

Robert Downey, Jr., Tropic Thunder

Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight

Dev Patel, Slumdog Millionaire

Michael Shannon, Revolutionary Road

Best Supporting Actress

Amy Adams, Doubt

Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Taraji P. Henson, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Viola Davis, Doubt

Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler

Best Documentary Feature

Encounters at the End of the World

Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts

Man on Wire

Trouble the Water

Best Editing

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Dark Knight

Revolutionary Road

Slumdog Millionaire

Something incredibly mainstream and kind of surprising

Best Actress

Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married

Sally Hawkins, Happy Go-Lucky

Kristin Scott Thomas, I've Love You So Long

Meryl Streep, Doubt

Kate Winslet, Revolutionary Road

Best Actor

Clint Eastwood, Gran Torino

Richard Jenkins, The Visitor

Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon

Sean Penn, Milk

Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler

Best Animated Feature

Kung Fu Panda


Waltz with Bashir

Best Director

Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire

Ron Howard, Frost/Nixon

David Fincher, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight

Gus Van Sant, Milk

Best Picture

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button



Slumdog Millionaire



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