Sunday, January 9, 2011

2008 FILM BALLOT

Another exercise in "If We Picked the Oscars" self-indulgence. Both the nominees & the winners.
Other year-end ballots posted at The Wandering Image:   1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991,1992,
 199319941995199619971998199920002001, 2002, 2003,
 2004200520062007200820092010201120122013, 2014


Also, if you wish to view my favorite 30 films of 2008, go here.


Note: Actual Oscar nominees & winners are marked below each category.









*HUNGER
HAPPY-GO-LUCKY
WENDY AND LUCY
RACHEL GETTING MARRIED
WALL*E
HELLBOY 2: THE GOLDEN ARMY
SHOTGUN STORIES
SPEED RACER
SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK 
BE KIND REWIND

actual oscar nominees:
MILK
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE (won)
THE READER
FROST/NIXON
CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON










*REVANCHE
LET THE RIGHT ONE IN
WALTZ WITH BASHIR
STILL LIFE
IN THE CITY OF SYLVIA
CHE
REPRISE
A CHRISTMAS TALE
SECRET OF THE GRAIN
TIMECRIMES


actual oscar nominees:
THE BAADER MEINHOF COMPLEX
THE CLASS
DEPARTURES (won)
REVANCHE
WALTZ WITH BASHIR









*Steve McQueen  for HUNGER
Kelly Reichardt for WENDY & LUCY
Mike Leigh for HAPPY-GO-LUCKY
Jonathan Demme for RACHEL GETTING MARRIED
Guillermo Del Toro for HELLBOY 2: THE GOLDEN ARMY

actual oscar nominees:
David Fincher for CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
Ron Howard for FROST/NIXON
Gus Van Sant for MILK
Stephen Daldry for THE READER
Danny Boyle for SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE (won)









*Sally Hawkins in HAPPY-GO-LUCKY
Michelle Williams in WENDY & LUCY
Ann Hathaway in RACHEL GETTING MARRIED
Kristin Scott Thomas in I'VE LOVED YOU SO LONG
Melissa Leo in FROZEN RIVER

actual oscar nominees:
Angelina Jolie in CHANGELING
Ann Hathaway in RACHEL GETTING MARRIED
Melissa Leo in FROZEN RIVER
Meryl Streep in DOUBT
Kate Winslet in THE READER (won)








*Mickey Rourke in THE WRESTLER
Sean Penn in MILK
Michael Fassbender in HUNGER
Benicio Del Toro in CHE
James Franco in PINEAPPLE EXPRESS

actual oscar nominees:
Richard Jenkins in THE VISITOR
Frank Langella in FROST/NIXON
Sean Penn in MILK (won)
Brad Pitt in CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
Mickey Rourke in THE WRESTLER










*Penélope Cruz in VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA
Rosemarie DeWitt in RACHEL GETTING MARRIED
Samantha Morton in SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK
Viola Davis in DOUBT
Tilda Swinton in CURIOUS CASE ON BENJAMIN BUTTON

actual oscar nominees:
Amy Adams in DOUBT
Penélope Cruz in VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA (won)
Viola Davis in DOUBT
Taraji P. Henson in CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
Marisa Tomei  in THE WRESTLER









*Jeffrey Wright  in CADILLAC RECORDS
Brad Pitt in BURN AFTER READING
Heath Ledger in THE DARK KNIGHT
Eddie Marsan in HAPPY-GO-LUCKY
Robert Downey Jr. in TROPIC THUNDER

actual oscar nominees:
Josh Brolin in MILK
Robert Downey Jr.  in TROPIC THUNDER
Philip Seymour Hoffman in DOUBT
Heath Ledger  in THE DARK KNIGHT  (won)
Michael Shannon in REVOLUTIONARY ROAD












*IN BRUGES - Martin McDonagh
HAPPY-GO-LUCKY - Mike Leigh
SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK  - Charlie Kaufman
MILK - Dustin Lance Black
RACHEL GETTING MARRIED - Jenny Lumet


actual oscar nominees:
FROZEN RIVER
HAPPY-GO-LUCKY
IN BRUGES
MILK (won)
WALL*E











*A CHRISTMAS TALE - Arnaud Desplechin
LET THE RIGHT ONE IN  - John Ajvide Lindqvist
CHE - Peter Buchman, Benjamin A. Van der Veen
CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON - Eric Roth
SNOW ANGELS - David Gordon Green

actual oscar nominees:
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE (won)
DOUBT
FROST/NIXON
THE READER
CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON












*THE UNFORESEEN
STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE
ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD
STRANDED: I'VE COME FROM A PLANE THAT CRASHED ON THE MOUNTAINS
MY WINNIPEG

actual oscar nominees:
THE BETRAYAL
ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD
THE GARDEN
MAN ON WIRE (won)
TROUBLE THE WATER









*WALL-E
WALTZ WITH BASHIR
SITA SINGS THE BLUES
THE GIRL WHO LEPT THROUGH TIME
KUNG FU PANDA

actual oscar nominees:
KUNG FU PANDA
BOLT
WALL*E (won)












*THE DARK KNIGHT -Wally Pfister, BSC, ASC
THE FALL - Colin Watkinson ASC
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE - Anthony Dod Mantle BSC, DFF
SILENT LIGHT - Alexis Zabe MSC
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BEN BUTTON  - Claudio Miranda ASC

actual oscar nominees:
CHANGELING
CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
THE DARK KNIGHT
THE READER
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE (won)












*THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON - Kirk Baxter 
STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE - Andy Grieve
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE - Chris Dickens
SPEED RACER - Roger Barton; Zach Staenberg
MILK - Elliot Graham

actual oscar nominees:
FROST/NIXON
CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
MILK
THE DARK KNIGHT
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE (won)














*WALTZ WITH BASHIR  - Max Richter >
THE DARK KNIGHT - Hans Zimmer >
CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON - Alexandre Desplat >
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE - A.R. Rahman >

actual oscar nominees:
MILK
DEFIANCE
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE (won)
WALL*E
CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON













*THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON - Don Burt
CITY OF EMBER - Martin Laing; Jon Billington
THE DARK KNIGHT  - Peter Lando; Nathan Crowley
SPEED RACER - Owen Paterson; Hugh Bateup; Peter Walpole
THE FALL - Ged Clarke; Riccardo Pugliese


actual oscar nominees:
CHANGELING
REVOLUTIONARY ROAD
THE DARK KNIGHT
THE DUCHESS
CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON (won)











*THE FALL - Eiko Ishioka
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON - Jacqueline West
MILK - Danny Glicker
THE LAST MISTRESSAnaïs Romand
AUSTRALIA - Catherine Martin

actual oscar nominees:
AUSTRALIA
CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
MILK
THE DUCHESS (won)
REVOLUTIONARY ROAD











*HELLBOY 2: THE GOLDEN ARMY - Mike Elizalde, Thom Floutz 
THE FALL - Leon von Solms, Kevin Epstein, Kerry September  
CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON - Greg Cannom
THE DARK KNIGHT - John Caglione, Jr., Conor O'Sullivan
W. - Chris Lyons, Stephen Bettles, Matthew W. Mungle

actual oscar nominees:
CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON  (won)
THE DARK KNIGHT
HELLBOY 2: THE GOLDEN ARMY












*WALL-E
CLOVERFIELD
THE DARK KNIGHT
IRON MAN
WANTED

actual oscar nominees:
IRON MAN
WANTED
THE DARK KNIGHT  (won)
WALL*E
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE








*THE DARK KNIGHT
CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
WALL*E
SPEED RACER
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

actual oscar nominees:
THE DARK KNIGHT
CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
WALL*E
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE  (won)
WANTED








*CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
THE DARK KNIGHT
HELLBOY 2: THE GOLDEN ARMY
INDIANA JONES: KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL
CLOVERFIELD

actual oscar nominees: 
THE DARK KNIGHT
CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON  (won)
IRON MAN










*TREEVENGE
AUF DER STRECKE (ON THE LINE)
NEXT FLOOR
MAMÁ
THE PIG
KANYE WEST: FLASHING LIGHTS

actual oscar nominees live action:
AUF DER STRECKE
MANON ON THE ASPHALT
NEW BOY
THE PIG
SPIELZEUGLAND: TOYLAND (won)

actual oscar nominees documentary short:
THE CONSCIENCE OF NHEM EN
THE FINAL INCH
SMILE PINKI (won)
THE WITNESS









*BJORK: WANDERLUST 3D >
LA MAISON EN PETITS CUBES
RADIOHEAD: HOUSE OF CARDS
"MUTO" by BLU
LAVATORY LOVESTORY
"HAVE I GOT A STORY FOR YOU" segment GOTHAM KNIGHT

actual oscar nominees:
LA MAISON EN PETITS CUBES (won)
LAVATORY LOVESTORY
OKTAPODI
PRESTO
THIS WAY UP








And now on to our beloved Muriel Award categories!!



*1) Saying goodbye  WENDY & LUCY
2) Final stretch of big race. (Mach5 jumps warp speed) - SPEED RACER [IMAX]
3) Wall*E and Eve's zero gravity waltz - WALL*E
4) Lebanon's "Haunted Ocean." (recurring nightmare) - WALTZ WITH BASHIR
5) Eli's Off-camera swimming pool murders - LET THE RIGHT ONE IN
6) Tai Lung's prison escape - KUNG FU PANDA [3D]
7) Bat-pod chase sequence. (18Wheeler flip) - DARK KNIGHT [IMAX]
8) Vision of a young Bobby Sands running away from older self - HUNGER
9) Ken's tower sacrifice. "On Raglan Road." - IN BRUGES
10) Alexandria's head injury dream sequence - THE FALL
11) High frame speed 16mm skateboarding. - PARANOID PARK
12) Rachel comes home after meltdown (tattoo) - RACHEL GETTING MARRIED
13) Little penguin runs off into oblivion - ENCOUNTERS @END OF THE WORLD
14) “Elemental” tree god dies over downtown - HELLBOY II: GOLDEN ARMY
15) Big premiere of community Fats Waller movie - BE KIND REWIND

also this;











*RACHEL GETTING MARRIED
A CHRISTMAS TALE
SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK
MILK
BE KIND REWIND
















*1) Robert Downey Jr.  in TROPIC THUNDER, IRON MAN and CHARLIE BARTLETT
2) Brad Pitt in BURN AFTER READING and CURIOUS CASE OF BEN
3) Richard Jenkins in BURN AFTER READING, THE VISITOR, STEP BROTHERS and THE BROKEN
4) Gus van Sant for MILK and PARANOID PARK
5) Danny McBride in FOOT FIST WAY, PINEAPPLE EXPRESS, TROPIC THUNDER and DRILLBIT TAYLOR















*1) Steve McQueen for HUNGER
2) Tomas Alfredson for LET THE RIGHT ONE IN
3) Jeff Nichols for SHOTGUN STORIES
4) Joachim Trier for REPRISE
5) Martin McDonagh for IN BRUGES
6) Jason Eisner for TREEVENGE
7) Laura Dunn for THE UNFORESEEN
8) Charlie Kaufman for SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK
9) Ava DuVernay for THIS IS THE LIFE
10) Jody Hill for THE FOOT FIST WAY
11) Chris Eska for AUGUEST EVENING











*1) Michael Fassbender in HUNGER
2) Andrew Garfield in BOY A
3) Rosemarie DeWitt in RACHEL GETTING MARRIED
4) Alison Pill in MILK
5) Mia Wasikowska in I LOVE YOU SARAH JANE
6) Michael Stuhlbarg in BODY OF LIES
7) Lee Pace in THE FALL









Other year-end ballots posted at The Wandering Image:   1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991,1992,
 199319941995199619971998199920002001, 2002, 2003,
 2004200520062007200820092010201120122013, 2014

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