Oscar Roundup: Nov. 14


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Best Picture
In a year of blockbusters (The Dark Knight) and prestige dramas (Doubt, Frost/Nixon), Slumdog is the only true indie with a shot at making the final five.

Best Director, Danny Boyle

No other filmmaker puts more energy on the screen. And Slumdog‘s Dickensian storyline makes the film  his most Academy-friendly yet.

Best Adapted Screenplay, Simon Beaufoy
He was nominated in the original screenplay race over a decade ago for The Full Monty. His Slumdog script is every bit as personal and charming but even more ambitious.

Best Cinematography, Anthony Dod Mantle
The scenery ranges from slums to palaces, but the photography is vivid no matter what the conditions.

Best Editing, Chris Dickens
As we saw with Into the Wild last year, films that jump back and forth in time often have a good shot in this category.

Best Original Song, "Jaiho"
I don’t want to say too much, but the movie’s closing credits are the highlight of the film, and that’s due in large part to the song that plays over them.


Best Art Direction, Mark Digby, Michelle Day
There’s a lot of location work, which may lead voters to think there wasn’t much set-building involved. But it still could compete with this year’s larger-scale dramas.

Best Original Score, A.R. Rahman
Rahman is a celebrated pop star and composer in his native India; can he break through and achieve Oscar recognition as well?

Long shots

Best Supporting Actor, Dev Patel
The feature-film rookie delivers a very matter-of-fact, non-showy performance, but a Slumdog sweep could end up including him.

Best Sound Editing & Best Sound Mixing
Loud action flicks usually eat up these slots, but there’s enough fast-paced stuff in there to give the film an outside shot.



Best Original Song, "Another Way to Die"
Jack White and Alicia Keys’ duet isn’t winning over tons of fans (or getting much radio play), but Bond songs do have a decent track record at the Oscars.

Long shot

Best Actor, Daniel Craig
Craig scored a BAFTA nomination two years ago for Casino Royale. If the Best Actor category wasn’t so crowded this time, he’d have a chance.

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Comments (9 total) Add your comment
  • Movie_Dearest

    Only 3 “official” Bond songs — “Live and Let Die”, “Nobody Does It Better” and “For Your Eyes Only” — have been nominted for best song. That’s 3 out of 21, and none since 1981, not exactly what I would call “a decent track record at the Oscars”.

  • Sal

    I’m still undecided for Slumdog Millionaire. I read Q&A, and I really liked it, but they seemed to have changed a lot for the movie(including the lead character’s name, which was a major part of the whole book).

  • E.B. Berman

    Why Dev Patel for Supporting? It’s his movie, wouldn’t he be up for lead, if anything?

  • David

    One of the worst bond songs ever….exacerbated by the over-rated Alicia Cook! Pweh!

  • Rob

    I doubt Quantum of Solace will get a nom for song . Its the worst of all the Bond films . this is no Goldfinger or Diamonds are forever

  • David

    The song that plays over the end credits in Slumdog can’t be nominated for an Oscar with the new rules. The song must appear as part of the film and last a certain amount of minutes.

  • Nathan

    Totally different category here but I’m calling it right now; Kate Winslet will finally nab her first Oscar for The Reader. Her stiffest competition will be Meryl Streep, but the Academy will have mercy on her and give Kate her due. This is a guarantee!

  • Gustavo Joseph

    Sorry man, but when I read you saying that Bond songs have a decent run at Oscar history, I immediately knew I had to look for somebody else´s blog as a reliable source of Academy Awards predictions.

  • echo1

    How about Giancarlo Giannini for Best Supporting Actor in Quantum? A real long shot, but deserving, I think.

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