Posted in movies | music on January 22, 2009

Oscars

The Dark Knight, the superhero thriller that was expected to make history as the first comic-book adaptation to take a best-picture nomination, and Gran Torino, which the Hollywood veteran starred in and directed, were left out of the contest for Oscar's top prize.

Instead, the far more serious Holocaust-themed The Reader took the fifth berth and its director, Stephen Daldry, also managed to slip into his category.

The other nominees announced for top prize in the 81st Academy Awards Thursday morning in Los Angeles followed the script of the prognosticators: the era-spanning fable The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which led the crowd with 13 nominations; gay-themed political biopic Milk; TV-landmark drama Frost/Nixon; and romantic crowd-pleaser Slumdog Millionaire. [USA Today]

Slumdog Millionaire, which won for Best Score at the Golden Globes, was also nominated for Best Score and Best Song (twice). Three songs total were nominated this year: Peter Gabriel's Down To Earth (Wall-E), and Slumdog Millionare's "Jai Ho" and "O Saya". Along with composer A.R. Rahman, Maya Arulpragasam (aka M.I.A.) is credited for "O Saya". Listen to it in the video below...

Slumdog Millionaire Soundtrack - O... Saya

Bruce Springsteen won the Golden Globe, but wasn't even nominated for the Oscar.

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Comments (31)

im really surprised the boss wasn't nominated for an oscar... what the hell?

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009 11:26 AM

Ben Button sucked!!! Was I the only one who thought that?

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009 11:27 AM

Maya Oralorgasm!

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009 11:37 AM

Why didn't the "Paper Planes" remix get nominated? If MIA can be nominated for a 2009 Grammy for an album that came out in 2007, then why not be nominated for an Oscar for a song that wasn't written for the movie?

Posted by wembley | January 22, 2009 11:38 AM

Totally agree - Ben Button was sooooo boring. Poor man's Forest Gump at best.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009 11:39 AM

Really kind of bummed that Bride Wars was shafted. WTF is the world coming to.

Posted by michaelways | January 22, 2009 11:44 AM

i saw 1st half of Benjamin Button. yeah, kind of slow. what's all the hype about?

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009 11:48 AM

Saw Slumdog Millionaire over the weekend. I was entertained and all, but was anyone else bothered by the fact that it revolves around "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire"? Not sure it is best picture worthy, but whatever. The Dark Knight got the absolute shaft.

I haven't seen Benjamin Button, but all my friends that have simply described it as "long." Not exactly an enthusiastic reaction.

Posted by CN | January 22, 2009 11:54 AM

@ wembley -
the award is for best original song, not best use of song.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009 11:56 AM

@11:56 --

I know, dipshit. Did you read what I wrote?

While I'm commenting, "The Reader" noms are pretty stupid. Was that movie better than "WALL-E" or "The Wrestler"? "Gran Torino"? Fucking even "Pineapple Express". I'm happy to see garbage like "Revolutionary Road" not get many noms... but really...

Bruce got snubbed. And Clint. That's annoying.

Yeah, "Benjamin Button" was mediocre at best. "Frost/Nixon" was an okay watch, but hardly Best Picture material (and Michael Sheen was the best part about that movie).

On the bright side, "Milk" getting a nom, Mickey Rourke... awesome. Melissa Leo... amazing. So a couple of nice things. And Marissa Tomei and Penelope Cruz got noms. I thought "Vicky Christina Barcelona" should have got more. Rebecca Hall should have gotten more attention, and the screenplay should have at least got a nom.

Posted by wembley | January 22, 2009 12:05 PM

i've seen all the best picture nominees.....the movie that got the shaft was VICKI CHRISTINA BARCELONA..... definitely one of the top 5 films of the year if not the best.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009 12:08 PM

Iron Man >>>>>>>>>> Dark Knight

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009 12:09 PM

Bride Wars came out this year, asshole. So cross your fingers for next year's nominations.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009 12:11 PM

yes, Scarlett and Penelope dyking out is much more entertaining than watching Brad Pitt slowly grow young for 5 hours

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009 12:12 PM

"Heath Ledger ... who died a year ago today at age 28 after suffering an accidental prescription-drug overdose."

Such bullshit. He was a junkie and it was not accidental. Too much realism for the Oscars? The man was an addict. Accident my ass. I have no problems with him winning, but don't sugarcoat his death.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009 12:23 PM

"yes, Scarlett and Penelope dyking out is much more entertaining than watching Brad Pitt slowly grow young for 5 hours"

Only seemed like 5 hours. Was really 26 minutes ... he had to get to the gym.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009 12:25 PM

That MIA song was not that exciting.
Bruce was totally shafted.

Posted by Dooder City | January 22, 2009 12:32 PM

The Wrestler was the best movie of the year. bullshit that it's not nominated. The Reader!?! COME ON!

Ben Button was above average, but i have no desire to ever see it again.

and Gran Torino was one of the WORST movies i've seen this year, so happy to see it's not nominated.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009 12:37 PM

CN - I share your thoughts on Slumdog. It was good but nothing groundbreaking. It was simply this year's indie movie of the year for the Academy. See: Juno '08, Little Miss Sunshine '07. etc.

I'm really irked that Aronofsky didn't get a nomination for best director. I mean come on - Aronofsky conceived the role in The Wrestler for Rourke, even though they had never even met!

Also, why the hate on Revolutionary Road? The acting was pretty great in that.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009 12:41 PM

good for Robert Downey Jr on getting a nom for Tropic Thunder. He's amazing.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009 12:49 PM

Revolutionary Road the movie was nowhere near as good as Revolutionary Road the book. I know that's always the case, but with the A-list caliber of the cast & crew, the movie adaptation had so much potential. Very disappointing.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009 12:49 PM

It is truly ridiculous that The Wrestler wasn't nominated.

Posted by michaelways | January 22, 2009 12:55 PM

The Wrestler (the song) should have been nominated for sure. Haven't seen the film yet.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009 1:31 PM

everyone hating on the reader....did you guys see it?? i thought it was great. definitely worthy of a nomination. vicky christina should have gotten a nom though.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009 1:40 PM

ben buttons was fine, def not great. slumdog was good but way overrated. bruce got the shaft as did 'the wrestler' in general. the thing i really can't believe is that "let the right one in" didn't get a best foreign language nom from either the globes or the academy. i saw most of the nominated movies this year and that was the best thing i saw all year.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009 1:49 PM

I disagree 12:49. I think the movie did a quite masterful job of paring down the narrative to the vital emotional core while eliminating the aspects that would not translate from the book.

Films have different pacing considerations than books. You often have to change or edit in order to preserve the essence. If anything I'm amamzed how loyal the movie managed to be. It respected the source while creating its own life.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009 1:57 PM

Slumdog was perfectly enjoyable, but nothing more. There may be some backlash coming.

Bruce was an epic snub. The song is beautiful and haunting.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009 2:00 PM

fucking academy sucks. slumdog was decent not great, bruce deserved a nom, angelina did not, give wall-e props, woody allen's script for vicki cristina, kristin scott thomas, sally hawkins

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009 2:11 PM

The Reader and Slumdog were good movies, but not great. SM was rather predictable.

They need feel good movies for better ratings. Ratings = money.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009 2:20 PM

Only 3 nominees and they snub the past two Golden Globe winners for best song - just plain weird. They need to revamp the nomination process.

Posted by bmcquil | January 22, 2009 3:33 PM

I'm glad that M.I.A is up for an Oscar.

her music is great and if you listen to her lyrics there is a message.

getting this platform will allow that message to reach more people

Posted by M.I.A pictures and songs | January 31, 2009 8:48 PM

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