Commentary on Movies and TV by Brian Holcomb

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

AND NOW THE OFCS NOMINATIONS!


The nominations are in for the 12th Annual Online Film Critics Society Awards-this is the first year I have been able to vote and I am pleased to say many of my choices made the short list. The Dark Knight and Slumdog Millionaire tied for the most nominations with 7 apiece. I realize that I am in the minority in my criticisms of The Dark Knight- without sounding like an annoying contrarian like Christopher Hitchens I have to say that I still think this movie is way overrated. Slumdog however is another story and fully deserves its praise. As for the list, the only thing that annoys me is that animation is on the list at all in any category except BEST ANIMATION. I HATE animation and would love to just opt out in voting for that category. This is said by someone who at the age of 8, drew over 1,500 drawings for a 3 minute Super 8mm animated short. I remember that the actors were VERY hard to work with...

BEST PICTURE
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Slumdog Millionaire
WALL•E
The Wrestler

BEST DIRECTOR
Darren Aronofsky, The Wrestler
Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
David Fincher, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight
Andrew Stanton, WALL•E

BEST ACTOR
Benicio Del Toro, Che
Richard Jenkins, The Visitor
Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon
Sean Penn, Milk
Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler

BEST ACTRESS
Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married
Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky
Meryl Streep, Doubt
Michelle Williams, Wendy and Lucy
Kate Winslet, Revolutionary Road

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Robert Downey, Jr., Tropic Thunder
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Doubt
Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
Eddie Marsan, Happy-Go-Lucky
Michael Shannon, Revolutionary Road

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams, Doubt
Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Viola Davis, Doubt
Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler
Kate Winslet, The Reader

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
In Bruges, Martin McDonagh
Milk, Dustin Lance Black
Synecdoche, New York, Charlie Kaufman
WALL•E, Andrew Stanton & Jim Reardon
The Wrestler, Robert D. Siegel

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Eric Roth
The Dark Knight, Jonathan Nolan & Christopher Nolan
Frost/Nixon, Peter Morgan
Let the Right One In, John Ajvide Lindqvist
Slumdog Millionaire, Simon B eaufoy

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Dear Zachary: a letter to a son about his father
Encounters at the End of the World
I.O.U.S.A.
Man On Wire
My Winnipeg

BEST FOREIGN FILM
A Christmas Tale
The Counterfeiters
I've Loved You So Long
Let the Right One In
Waltz with Bashir

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Bolt
Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who
Kung Fu Panda
WALL•E
Waltz with Bashir

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Che, Peter Andrews
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Claudio Miranda
The Dark Knight, Wally Pfister
The Fall, Colin Watkinson
Slumdog Millionaire, Anthony Dod Mantle

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Alexandre Desplat
The Dark Knight, James Newton Howard & Hans Zimmer
Milk, Danny Elfman
Slumdog Millionaire, A.R. Rahman
WALL•E, Thomas Newman

BEST EDITING
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Kirk Baxter & Angus Wall
The Dark Knight, Lee Smith
Milk, Elliot Graham
Slumdog Millionaire, Chris Dickens
WALL•E, Stephen Schaffer

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE
Russell Brand, Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Kåre Hedebrant, Let the Right One In
Lina Leandersson, Let the Right One In
Dev Patel, Slumdog Millionaire
Brandon Walters, Australia

BREAKTHROUGH FILMMAKER
Tomas Alfredson, Let the Right One In
Charlie Kaufman, Synecdoche, New York
Kurt Kuenne, Dear Zachary: a letter to a son about his father
Martin McDonagh, In Bruges
Steve McQueen, Hunger

Founded in 1997, the Online Film Critics Society has been the key force in establishing and raising the standards for Internet-based film journalism. The OFCS membership spans the U.S., Canada, Europe, Latin America, Africa, and the Asia/Pacific Rim region. The Society's web site, which has been hosted since January 2001 by the highly influential film resource Rotten Tomatoes (www.rottentomatoes.com), provides the most comprehensive online listing of reviews and original interviews with the leading artists in today's cinema, plus links to the most important motion picture-related web sites.

For more information, visit the Online Film Critics Society at www.ofcs.org.

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