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
3. Frozen River
4. The Visitor
8. Encounters at the End of the World
9. In Bruges
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.