Watching all the nominees was a tradition that began in high school, when I knew for certain that I wanted to be a filmmaker. I thought if I was ever going to be a good director, it was in my best interest to see what 'the industry' deemed to be the best films, performances, and technical work each year. I've been continually amazed, shocked, entertained, and disappointed by the selections, but to say the least it's been an education in all facets of cinema. It's also the one time of year that I actually focus on watching movies critically - at least more than usual - trying to break them down to understand what I think works, what doesn't, and on occasion why they were even nominated in the first place. I always walk away having seen things I wouldn't have otherwise.
Maybe one day I'll have a 'real' Oscar of my own, but since high school I've enjoyed displaying the one I made for myself in art class (as seen in the photo above). It's treated as delicately as I'd treat the real thing, and displayed with just as much pride :)
The 81st Academy Awards air February 22, 2009 on ABC.
Here are the top nominees this year for:
- Richard Jenkins in "The Visitor"
- Frank Langella in "Frost/Nixon"
- Sean Penn in "Milk"
- Brad Pitt in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
- Mickey Rourke in "The Wrestler"
- Anne Hathaway in "Rachel Getting Married"
- Angelina Jolie in "Changeling"
- Melissa Leo in "Frozen River"
- Meryl Streep in "Doubt"
- Kate Winslet in "The Reader"
- David Fincher for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
- Ron Howard for "Frost/Nixon"
- Gus Van Sant for "Milk"
- Stephan Daldry for "The Reader"
- Danny Boyle for "Slumdog Millionaire"
- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
- The Reader
- Slumdog Millionaire
For the rest of this years nominees click here.