Surprises: Richard Jenkins nominated for The Visitor, Melissa Leo for Frozen River. I hope both movies are on DVD soon, because they never played in my area. I loved Leo on television on Homicide- it would be awesome if she won the Oscar. I want Kate Winslet to win, though. She's overdue, and The Reader is supposed to be great. Also a surprise: Robert Downey Jr. nominated for Supporting Actor in Tropic Thunder! I was kind of hoping Tom Cruise would get a mention, believe it or not. He stole that movie more than Downey. And Original Screenplay for WALL-E? Really? I loved that movie, but where was the screenplay? :p
Glaring omissions: No nomination for Sally Hawkins for Happy-Go-Lucky. :( She's one of those actresses that deserves to be recognized, but always gets bumped in favor of big stars like Angelina Jolie (*rolls eyes*). And with her Golden Globe win, I was sure she would be nominated. Another one: Revolutionary Road largely shut out, only getting a Supporting Actor nod for Michael Shannon, and Art Direction and Costume Design. And nothing for Clint Eastwood for Gran Torino, which a lot of critics expected him to get a Best Actor nod for.
No surprise at all: Heath Ledger's posthumous Supporting Actor nomination for The Dark Knight. He'll probably win, too.
No surprise here, either: Doubt scooped up four acting nominations: Actress for Meryl Streep, Supporting Actor for Philip Seymour Hoffman, Supporting Actress for both Amy Adams and Viola Davis (who stole her one big scene, and if she wins, it will probably be one of the shortest winning performances ever!). Doubt was a great movie for actors.
So I definitely plan on going to the Best Picture marathon this year- I'm most looking forward to seeing Slumdog and Frost/Nixon.
All nominations here:
I'm going to try to see Revolutionary Road this weekend- it's playing at Potomac Mills (where the Oscar marathon will be, too). I really loved that book, and I can't wait to see Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio in the movie.