Monday, February 23, 2009

Art Imitates Life

It may have been predictable.  It may have been magical.  You may known from the second it started it would have been victorious.  I could be talking about its plot or the movie itself.  They seem inseparable at this point.  The story of "Slumdog Millionaire" is pretty powerful.  We cynics can dismiss the awards race as predictable, boring, etc. but how can I feel that way when I watch Danny Boyle literally act like Tigger when he wins an Oscar?  How can I feel that way seeing those kids stand in front of all of Hollywood - a Hollywood literally giving them a standing ovation?  I can't even begin to imagine how that must feel for all of them.  Tomorrow, we turn to 2009 and everything it hopes to bring.  But let's not forget this:

Danny Boyle went into India as an outsider.  He had an amazing crew and complete artistic freedom to make the movie he wanted to make.  When he finished, Warner Bros. hated it.  They threatened to dump it directly to DVD, thinking no one would want to see the movie.  During the festival circuit, Slumdog did not have distribution despite having a major studio backing it.  Instead, Fox Searchlight picked it up and saw something in it.  For all intensive purposes, Danny Boyle's film was its own Jamal, and Anil Kapoor was all of us.

At every stage of the awards game, "Slumdog Millionaire" got nominated.  At every stage of the game, it won.  It advanced.  It kept going.  For no real REASON accept people flocking to it, celebrating it, feeling something quite intangible and something worth talking about, thinking about.  When it won the National Board of Review, we said good for it.  When it won the Critics Choice and the Golden Globe, people took notice.  When it was nominated for every single Guild, it became unstoppable.  10 Oscar nods.  Literally every single Guild.  8 Wins.  It's a rare instance where a work of art touched everyone.

When people first talked about it, it was just "Danny Boyle's new movie in India."  It turned into a cultural storm.  People talked about it everywhere, on every talk show, everywhere I turned.  When I saw pictures from India last night of large crowds gathered around televisions, rejoicing at Slumdog's every win, I knew art had collapsed into life.  I'm glad the film has sparked dialogue and awareness about India's poverty, as I'm sure Boyle and producer Colsen are.  But I'm sure they'd also tell it's both the entire point and not the point at all.

The film salutes our dreams.  From the saddest corners of life, it lifts its protagonist into a happiness not driven by success and wealth but by love.  Watching the Oscars last night, it was easy to feel the love from everyone in the room, and to feel the love from the filmmakers at this acceptance.

The Oscars: Pros and Cons

I had a decidedly "meh" feeling about Bill Condon's stylish revamp of the Academy Awards.

PROS
-Hugh Jackman. Wonderful job as host, high energy, gave the show exactly what he promised. His opening bit was sublime.
-Good pace.
-They actually said really profound things about the technical categories.
-The winners all gave good speeches.
-The set was terrific
-The orchestra.
-The dizzying salute to musicals. Baz Luhrmann can deliver.
-Judd Apatow's short film. James Franco watching James Franco kiss Sean Penn was reflexive bliss.
- The Slumdog kids/Danny Boyle.  I know I told myself I was tired of seeing them be charming and happy all the frickin' time, but every cutaway to Danny Boyle's beaming face was great.  His hopping across the stage like Tigger, his bringing the kids up on stage with him at the end, the immense happiness and gratitude of everyone involved - they really are a class act, that crew.
-They actually found a good way to present the Screenplays! Too bad they grouped them together early on in the show to get them out of the way so we can focus on THE ACTORS!!
-Heath Ledger's win.  Wonderful speech from his family, wonderful ovation from the theater.

CONS
-The awful, tedious, over-long, self-indulgent way they presented the acting categories.
-Because they did this, all the tech categories got mushed together (Will Smith knocked 4 of them out in 10 minutes, while we spend 10 minutes alone on Best Supporting Actress. C'mon. Just give us more presenters, don't randomly pull winners from years ago for no apparent reason)
-The original song medley. Holy crap, that was awful.  Why couldn't we give each song performance time?
-The lack of Hugh Jackman. He made a stunning impression in the first hour and then disappeared.
-The montages that felt like a cloying way to say "hey look, we like mainstream movies. We just don't nominate them."
-The stupid way they presented Best Picture by trying to link it to other Oscar movies. Why couldn't we have the introductions of each throughout the night - it's something I look forward to.
-Ben Stiller being awkward.
-How everything related to actors.  This bugs me every year. And this year they took it almost as far as 2004 (when all the noms in the tech categories had to stand on stage to cut down time). When they presented tech categories, they related each of them to "helping the actors," the lead acting categories were AFTER Best Director. Directors didn't get personal addresses from past winners, why?  

It was a noble attempt that turned derivative.  Spread out the cool stuff, guys!  Everything got jammed into the first hour.  After Ledger's win, I can't remember liking anything in the show and just wanted them to get on with it.  They could have placed Jackman's 2nd number later, spread out the Song nominees, the Apatow video, or given Jackman something else to do. He is host, after all.  While I know the techs aren't that important to the people watching at home, there are only 4 acting categories.  I like that they tried to speak profoundly of the techs, I really do, it made very happy, but the way they rushed through them and lumped them together felt awkward for me, as if they HAD to make room for the gushing, over-the-top acting presentations.

Didn't do it for me.  The winners were predictable, but they all gave good speeches and whatnot.  Extremely predictable year.  Only surprise was in Foreign Language.  Moving on.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

The 81st Annual Academy Awards

Best Picture of the Year: Slumdog Millionaire

Best Director: Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire

Best Actor in a Lead Role: Sean Penn for Milk

Best Actress in a Lead Role: Kate Winslet for The Reader

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Heath Ledger for The Dark Knight

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Penelope Cruz for Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Best Original Screenplay: Dustin Lance Black for Milk

Best Adapted Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy for Slumdog Millionaire

Best Animated Feature: Wall-E

Best Documentary Feature: Man on Wire

Best Foreign Language Feature: Departures (Japan)

Best Art Direction: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Best Cinematography: Slumdog Millionaire

Best Costume Design: The Duchess

Best Film Editing: Slumdog Millionaire

Best Makeup: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Best Original Score: Slumdog Millionaire

Best Original Song: "Jai Ho" from Slumdog Millionaire

Best Sound Mixing: Slumdog Millionaire

Best Sound Editing: The Dark Knight

Best Visual Effects: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Oscars: Final Thoughts and Predictions

This isn't my time to gripe about The Reader and Frost/Nixon being nominated.  It isn't even my time to gripe about Slumdog Millionaire winning all the Guild awards.  Yes, I believe the Academy dropped the ball in this year more than any others that I've been watching (in terms of nominations, let's get through the winners first) and all it takes to understand that is pull up lists of top 10 lists that put Wendy and Lucy, Frozen River, Synecdoche New York, Rachel Getting Married, Wrestler, et al far above Slumdog Millionaire and Benjamin Button.  This isn't to slight those films, and you have no idea how happy I was when Frozen River got its two nods, but this was a year for new, emerging American directors (yes, Fincher counts and yes, Boyle has not received his due) like Aronofsky and Nolan.  But I digress.

The show will either be terrific or unbearable.  Bill Condon keeps saying he wants to make things fresh and enjoyable to avoid the ratings pitfall, but it's a pitfall that will happen.  Without Dark Knight or Wall-E vying for the top prize, who's going to turn in past the Supporting Actor award?  I bring this up unfairly, since last year was the worst-rated Oscars telecast in its history, but the nominees and winners were all SO good.  Still, nominating The Reader makes the big race boring, and Slumdog's control of the entire season certainly won't help gather viewers (lack of excitement).  I'm excited to watch Hugh Jackman, I'm excited to see what they through into this machine.  I'm EXCITED to see the winners!  I may be the only one who cares deeply about Best Cinematography and Best Film Editing, but there are so many races that haven't been written, that make my predictions difficult.

Final Predictions

Best Picture

Probably the one of four truly easy calls.  I wrote a post earlier in the week hinting Slumdog wouldn't win, and I still think it might not.  There are a series of If/Then statements (at the bottom of this post) that could bush Benjamin Button into the BP slot, splitting Director and Picture.  The odds of that happening, just going by statistics, are remarkably thin.  Slumdog has overcome its prejudice as a British film with no white actors, filmed in a foreign country, and made up of 1/3 subtitles.  The only real question is: will the Academy detest it for its favoritism?

Will Win: Slumdog Millionaire
Should Win: Milk

Best Director

Here's the only way Danny Boyle *doesn't* win: We have a repeat of 2002 when the Academy wants to recognize another director in the wake of awarding a technical achievement.  In this case, Gus Van Sant will upset, as he is previously nominated, hasn't won, and has a lot of supporters from his decade-long foray into under-the-radar independent films.  But if there is a split, I think it makes more sense for Boyle to win here and Slumdog to lost Picture.

Will Win: Danny Boyle
Should Win: Gus Van Sant

Best Actor, Lead Role

Sean Penn or Mickey Rourke?  The former: a dramatic portrayal of a real person (who was assassinated), gay (they love it in the actors!), a Best Picture-nominated film, the Critics Choice award, the Screen Actors Guild Award, a previous Best Actor winner.  The latter: a comeback performance, legitimate acceptance after years of being washed up, a character all his own, a weepy of a movie, winner of the Golden Globe and the British Academy Award.  Here's why, statistically, I think Rourke wins: The BAFTA has become increasingly vital over the last 4 years (I don't know why!), and it's difficult to win a second Oscar so close to your first.  Ten more years, Sean Penn!

Will Win: Mickey Rourke
Should Win: Mickey Rourke

Best Actress, Lead Role

Common thinking says Kate Winslet - she won the Globe and the SAG in Supporting and the BAFTA in Lead, plus she's never won despite six nominations, and she's in a Best Picture nominee.  They clearly loved The Reader, here's the chance to reward it.  But what about Meryl?  True, she's won two Oscars, but she hasn't won since 1982, and her speech at the SAG was a poignant reminder of that.  But let's say the two of them split, why not award Anne Hathaway in a split a la 2002?  Well, because Rachel Getting Married doesn't have enough broad support.  I once read a stat that says for women, it's easier to win when you're young and you haven't won yet.  That's what I rely on here.

Will Win: Kate Winslet
Should Win: Melissa Leo

Best Supporting Actor

I've read chatter that the Academy could shut Ledger out since they shut Dark Knight out of Picture and Director.  But if not Ledger, who? Josh Brolin?  Where is the evidence that he has enough support?  Lest we forget, Dark Knight has 8 nods, it has the support.  BUT, there has only been one Oscar given to an actor posthumously (Peter Finch, Network, 1976).  For Heath to overcome that hurdle is the most telling.

Will Win: Heath Ledger
Should Win: Heath Ledger

Best Supporting Actress

Is it wide open?  Will Doubt split itself - because I can see Viola Davis taking most of the votes there.  Marisa Tomei doesn't have it.  Tajari P. Henson could win (it's part of my If/Then stuff down below), but the obvious choice kind of seems to be Penelope Cruz in that it's a much talked-about role from a superstar actress who has been nominated, hasn't won, and continues the recent trend of honoring foreign-born actors and actresses.

Will Win: Penelope Cruz
Should Win: Marisa Tomei

Best Adapted Screenplay

Easiest pick of the night. Don't even think anyone else will win.

Will Win: Slumdog Millionaire
Should Win: Slumdog Millionaire

Best Original Screenplay

This seems to have been narrowed mostly to Milk or Wall-E.  Some are speculating In Bruges could win, and a split could make it so.  However, I think most voters don't necessarily see the screenplay in Wall-E (it's wordless, obviously!), and Milk is a sprawling, historical study.  But In Bruges has the best dialogue.  I'm going with the Writers Guild winner, though with a slight hesitance.

Will Win: Milk
Should Win: Milk

Best Animated Film

Will Win: Wall-E
Should Win: Wall-E

Best Documentary Film

Common thinking says Man on Wire, but in order to vote in this category you must have gone to a mandatory screening of all 5 films.  This means there could be greater emotion towards Trouble the Water. I don't know.  This category can get tricky, but I *do* know that Man on Wire's win for Best British Film at the BAFTAs is extremely telling of its popularity.

Will Win: Man on Wire
Should Win: Man on Wire

Best Foreign Language

I haven't seen any of them, and I think it's largely a toss-up between The Class and Waltz With Bashir.  Since Waltz has made bigger noise in the US, I'm picking it.  BUT, like Doc, you must have seen all 5 films to vote, and The Class has the Palme d'Or Award behind it. Besides, popularity here doesn't mean a win (see Lives of Others over Pan's Labyrinth)

Will Win: Waltz With Bashir
Should Win: N/A

Best Art Direction

Ben Button and Dark Knight won the ADG.  Period pieces get recognized FAR more often than contemporary ones, and if they want lavish they'll pick The Duchess.  I don't think so, though.  They have a category for that one.  Ben Button should take it as the only Best Picture nominee in the category.

Will Win: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Should Win: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Best Cinematography

Okay, so MOST people are picking Slumdog Millionaire because of, y'know, it winning everything.  But when I was reading some blogs yesterday getting these together, I found a good point: the Academy always awards the "prettiest" cinematography, not the most difficult.  Handheld stuff isn't really their thing (note they didn't award Children of Men, a HUGE crime).  They like good lighting, iconic images, really pretty stuff.  Besides, why is so little being made of the fact Benjamin Button has 13 nods?!  I think Button has a mild upset here.

Will Win: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Should Win: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Best Costume Design

If not The Duchess, then Button.  If Button wins this, it could win Best Picture.  I'm serious.

Will Win: The Duchess
Should Win: Australia

Best Film Editing

Recently, the trend has been to award the most edited film of the year.  That should be Dark Knight (amazing intercutting structure, just watched it again last night), but Slumdog was edited faster.  So it wins.

Will Win: Slumdog Millionaire
Should Win: The Dark Knight

Best Makeup

If we're going to be technical about it, Button is a mixture of makeup and digital effects.  The Dark Knight has the Joker going for it, but give it to the Best Picture nominee.

Will Win: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Should Win: The Dark Knight

Best Original Score

For Button or Wall-E to win here would be tremendous.

Will Win: Slumdog Millionaire
Should Win: Wall-E

Best Original Song

You could reason that Slumdog will split the vote and give it to Peter Gabriel,  but his refusal to perform probably irked them.  The Academy has gotten weirder and weirder about this category (Three Six Mafia? Really?), which means O...Saya, the less traditional song, could win, but I think they'll have responded more to Jai Ho.  It is one of the movie's best sequences, after all.

Will Win: Jai Ho
Should Win: Jai Ho

Best Sound Mixing

Another place where people are picking Slumdog but I don't buy it.  The loudest film wins.  Plus, Ben Burtt is IMMENSELY respected in the Academy, giving Wall-E a bit of an edge.  But I'm going to do what's probably foolish and predict Mixing and Editing will go hand in hand again, just like last year, just like 2005, 2003, most any year where there's one really loud movie.

Will Win: The Dark Knight
Should Win: Wall-E

Best Sound Editing

Will Win: The Dark Knight
Should Win: Wall-E

Best Visual Effects

The more you show off, the higher your chance to win. Being nominated for Best Picture doesn't hurt, either.

Will Win: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Should Win: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button


The If/Thens

We can't predict how the night will evolve.  One category can literally change everything.  In 2005, when Brokeback lost Best Cinematography, I knew it was going to lose.  I don't know why, I just had a hunch.  So here are my assorted If/Thens for the evening:

IF Heath Ledger should lose THEN Dark Knight will probably lose all the tech categories.

IF Benjamin Button wins Best Score THEN it will win Best Picture

IF Slumdog loses Best Film Editing THEN it will lose Best Picture

IF Benjamin Button wins Best Costume Design THEN its chances go way up to win some of the major categories

IF Milk wins Best Film Editing THEN it will win Best Actor and possible Best Director or Picture

IF The Curious Case of Benjamin Button loses Art Direction THEN I don't think it can steal Best Picture

IF The Curious Case of Benjamin Button wins Best Adapted Screenplay THEN it wins Picture

IF Milk loses Best Original Screenplay THEN Sean Penn will not win Best Actor

IF Tajari P. Henson wins Best Supporting Actress THEN The Curious Case of Benjamin Button wins the night (really, if she wins this it will be astounding and there will be crazy things in store for the evening)

IF Josh Brolin wins Best Supporting Actor THEN Milk wins Best Director or Picture, in addition to Screenplay and Actor

IF Brad Pitt wins Best Actor THEN Button wins Picture

That's it.  Enjoy.




Friday, February 20, 2009

'Wrestler' revives Rourke's career - The Mix

'Wrestler' revives Rourke's career - The Mix

"The Wrestler" - * * * *
D: Darren Aronofsky
W: Robert D. Siegel
S: Mickey Rourke; Marisa Tomei

'Wrestler' revives Rourke's career - The Mix

'Wrestler' revives Rourke's career - The Mix

"The Wrestler" - * * * *
D: Darren Aronofsky
W: Robert D. Siegel
S: Mickey Rourke; Marisa Tomei

Monday, February 16, 2009

Oscar Countdown: Will "Slumdog" Fall?

With less than a week until the Oscars, it's time to heavily analyze the entire race, turn it inside out, and then make those final ballsy predictions.  I mean, I predicted "Crash" for Best Picture in 2005 (seriously, I did), only to retract it at the last moment because Brokeback just seemed destined to win.  At this point in the game, you would seriously have to be an idiot or have gigantic balls to bet against Slumdog winning Best Picture and Best Director.  But if it loses, I won't be surprised.  Here's why:

The lack of acting nominations - only 2 films in the last twenty years have won Best Picture without a single acting nomination (Braveheart and Return of the King).  The former awarded a Hollywood insider (Mel Gibson), the latter was a coronation of a supreme technical accomplishment after three films.  Where does Slumdog fit into this paradigm?  Not to mention both films featured casts with at least marginally well-known stars - Slumdog has NO American/British actors in ANY role of noticeable size.  If it wins, it will be the first film to do so.

Benjamin Button has 13 nominations - and traditionally the film with the most nominations is the front-runner.  About 70% of the time.  Button is a curious case (ha) to me: it has SO many nominations and has only a small collection of awards, all of them minor.  It's not a candidate for the top categories, I don't think, but could it snag 3-4 tech wins? Absolutely.  I think it's a dangerous demon, especially because it's the kind of film the Academy would love to award.

The Reader has not been a Best Picture contender in any competition yet.  True, for Harvey Weinstein to pull off a Picture win here would require him to debunk the greatest Oscar stat of all - you can't win without a Best Editing nomination (it's been true for 19 years).  But could his slow and steady internal campaign generate more than a Best Actress statue?  Probably not, but the film did get 5 nominations - explain to me how that happened.

And a year that sticks out in my mind...

CHICAGO (2002) - 13 nominations, tons of precursor awards, clean-swept the Guilds, won the Globe, etc.  Everyone was predicting it to steam-roll the Oscars and take 8 or 9.  It ended up with 6 - still respectable and impressive by any stretch of the imagination - but The Pianist erupted out of nowhere and won Actor, Director, and Screenplay.  Can Milk be that film? The one that quietly sat on the sidelines until the Academy jumps for it?  Usually (not always) when a movie peaks like Slumdog does, it can inspire a backlash where the Academy ground-swells for another film.  Brokeback is a great example (although a different context).  No Country for Old Men and The Departed are different - to me, at least - because both of those films essentially awarded directors who had exceptional careers and hadn't won Oscars.  The Coens and Martin Scorsese are NOT Danny Boyle (but then again, no director from this year IS).

Not to mention the Golden Globe has been a kiss of death for at least five years.

It's EXTREMELY rare for everyone in the industry to come around a single film like this.  The odds for Slumdog winning are so good it's frightening, but I smell a surprise Picture/Director split.  I'll probably be wrong and Slumdog will win 8-9 awards and we'll all be sick of it by the end of the night.  But a film with this much momentum almost ALWAYS hits some kind of wall.  Don't forget The Departed still had Babel and Little Miss Sunshine to compete with, and No Country for Old Men had There Will Be Blood and didn't win a single tech award.  Slumdog's win both makes sense but is complete anomalous because its win would be the first of its kind.

Since I watched The Departed last night, I quote Jack Nicholson: "I smell a rat." And his name is Benjamin Button.  Be careful.


Oscar nominee deserving of hype - The Mix

Oscar nominee deserving of hype - The Mix

"Slumdog Millionaire" - * * * *
D: Danny Boyle
W: Simon Beaufoy; Vikas Swarup (novel)
S: Dev Patel; Frieda Pinto; Anil Kapoor

"Slumdog" Wipes Out the Guilds

The question now becomes: can Slumdog clean sweep the Oscars?

Cinema Audio Society: Slumdog Millionaire

Art Directors Guild
Period Film: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Fantasy Film: The Dark Knight
Contemporary Film: Slumdog Millionaire

ACE Editors Guild
Slumdog Millionaire
Wall-E

American Society of Cinematographers: Slumdog Millionaire


Sunday, February 15, 2009

The Sixth Annual Jagged Edge Awards

Yes, one week before Oscar, here you can finally read my choices for the best of the year:

Best Picture of the Year: The Dark Knight
Best Director: Christopher Nolan for The Dark Knight
Best Actor in a Leading Role: Mickey Rourke for The Wrestler
Best Actress in a Leading Role: Melissa Leo for Frozen River
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Heath Ledger for The Dark Knight
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Marisa Tomei for The Wrestler
Best Original Screenplay: Synecdoche, New York by Charlie Kaufman
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Dark Knight by Christopher and Jonathan Nolan
Best Performance by a Cast Ensemble: Synecdoche, New York
Best Art Direction: Synecdoche, New York, Adam Stockhausen
Best Cinematography: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Claudio Miranda
Best Costume Design: Australia, Catherine Martin
Best Film Editing: The Dark Knight, Lee Smith
Best Makeup: The Dark Knight
Best Music: Wall-E, Thomas Newman
Best Sound: Wall-E, Ben Burtt
Best Visual Effects: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Original Song: "The Wrestler" by Bruce Springsteen from The Wrestler
Body of Work Award: Richard Jenkins
Scene of the Year: "The Chase in the Streets" from The Dark Knight


Monday, February 9, 2009

The Dream Sweep

Some might call this a boring awards season, but that would discount the UNBELIEVABLY interesting races in the acting categories (save Supporting Actor, but even that is an emotional ride), Original Screenplay, and a host of tech awards.  These Oscars will be unpredictable and close to insane, even if most people are only focusing on Slumdog's gargantuan accomplishments.  So let's review.

All the major awards are done, the only things left are minor tech guilds (cinematographers, editors, sound designers).  To date, Slumdog has won: the National Board of Review, the Critics Choice, Golden Globe, Producers Guild, Directors Guild, Writers Guild, Screen Actors Guild, and British Academy's highest honors.

The last film to do this? "American Beauty," 9 years ago.  Not even Brokeback Mountain in its massive cultural moment (it lost the SAG to Crash before losing the Oscar) or No Country for Old Men in its coronation (it lost the Globe), or Lord of the Rings (it lost the WGA) have done this.

I cannot stress how astonishing it is for EVERY critical body in America (and nearly everyone in Britain) to come around a movie like this.  Even if I don't think Slumdog deserves ALL these awards (which I don't), this is a major moment.  Were it to be snubbed for Director, Picture, or Adapted Screenplay on Oscar night would be EVEN BIGGER than the Brokeback Mountain snub.

It may be boring that Slumdog has won *all* these awards, but this alignment hasn't happened yet THIS CENTURY. 

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Slumdog Cake-Walks the BAFTAs, Wins 7

The British Academy of Film and Television Winners 2008

Best Film: Slumdog Millionaire
Best British Film: Man on Wire
Best Directory: Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
Best Actor: Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler
Best Actress: Kate Winslet, The Reader
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
Best Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Best Original Screenplay: In Bruges
Best Adapted Screenplay: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Cinematography: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Editing: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Production Design: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Costume Design: The Duchess
Best Music: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Make Up/Hair: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Sound: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Visual Effects: The Cuirous Case of Benjamin Button
Best Animated Feature: Wall-E
Best Foreign Language Film: I've Loved You So Long

Saturday, February 7, 2009

WGA Winners

Writers Guild of America chose Slumdog Millionaire for Best Adapted Screenplay and Milk for Best Original Screenplay.

Slumdog is two ceremonies (BAFTA and OSCAR) from completing the dream sweep; it's won the Critics Choice, the Golden Globe, the PGA, DGA, SAG, and WGA.  Wowza.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Sunday, February 1, 2009

"Slumdog" Wins DGA

The "Slumdog Millionaire" bandwagon continues to churn forward.  Danny Boyle picks up his first win from the Directors Guild of America.

If the film wins the Writers Guild it's all but locked up for at least 3 Oscars.