Thursday, January 22, 2009

First Thoughts on the Oscars: Listing

Forget for a second the individual categories, here’s my list from top to bottom of this year’s Oscar-nominated movies, based not on which ones I think will win big, but on which ones I’ll be rooting for.

1. Revolutionary Road
2. Milk
3. Frozen River
4. The Visitor
5. Frost/Nixon
6. Doubt
7. Wanted
8. Encounters at the End of the World
9. In Bruges
10. WALL-E
11. Man on Wire
12. Tropic Thunder
13. The Dark Knight
14. Iron Man
15. HellBoy II: The Golden Army
16. Slumdog Millionaire
17. The Reader
18. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

And here’s the pool of contenders I haven’t seen yet.

The Wrestler, Rachel Getting Married, Changeling, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Happy-Go-Lucky, The Duchess, Australia, Defiance, Bolt, Kung-Fu Panda, Der Baader Meinhof Komplex, Enre les murs, Revanche, Okuribito, Vals Im Bashir, The Betrayal—Nerakhoon, The Garden, Trouble the Water

And here are a few I think should have been in there somewhere:

A Christmas Tale; Body of War; Synecdoche, New York; Cloverfield; Pineapple Express; Quantum of Solace; Speed Racer; Mamma Mia!

So far I’ve seen none of the foreign-language nominees, and just two of the feature-length documentaries.

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